Phoenix

Rollinsville, Colorado (Gilpin County)

Last Updated: 12/01/2021
4.5 / 5 ( 2 reviews )
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Highlight: Phoenix
Situated on the west side of Colorado Highway 119 between the quaint little towns of Nederland and Rollinsville this short spur in the West Magnolia Network used to lead to the old townsite of Phoenix, which is now closed at private property. It still boasts a beautiful little lake, although the lake itself is private and not open to public use (including fishing). There are also a couple of nice campsites along the way. The West Magnolia Network includes hiking, mountain biking, and 4x4 trails. Like much of the Colorado Front Range, the area is rich in mining history and abundant in scenic beauty. These easy-to-moderate off-road trails in the area can provide a quick outing or be strung together to make a whole day or more of fun in the woods. Its proximity to the Denver area and ease of access make it popular for day trips or short weekend jaunts.

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Waypoints

1. Phoenix Trailhead (0 mi)
Make a U-turn to the left off of the Rollinsville trail (right turn if you are going north on the Rollinsville trail) and head down the hill to begin Phoenix.

Directions to Trailhead

Starting Point: Nederland

Go south from Nederland on Colorado Highway 119 for about two miles. Magnolia Road crosses the highway. Turn right onto West Magnolia Road. Follow West Magnolia Road for 1.4 miles to Waypoint 5, Turn left onto Forest Service Road 355.1 (Observatory). Run Observatory in its entirety. Turn right onto the Rollinsville trail and follow it for 2.1 miles to Waypoint 10. Turn left onto 105.1A to begin Phoenix. Alternatively, Go to Rollinsville. Turn west on Moffat Tunnel Road (AKA Tolland Road). Take Moffat Road for 0.9 miles. Turn right onto 105 (Rollinsville) and follow it 0.9 miles to Waypoint 10. Turn right onto 105.1A to begin Phoenix.

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Writer Information

Bill Andrews

Mapping Crew - Colorado

Bill is an off-road enthusiast with nearly 30 years of 'wheeling experience. At one time he had a streak of about 20 years of 4-wheeling at least once a month. He likes anything from easy, dirt roads to difficult trails but stops short of extreme. Over the years he has traveled over 700 different trails, mostly in Colorado and Utah. He loves finding and exploring new areas and sharing his knowledge with others. He has been the coordinator of Calvary 4-Wheelers for many years.
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