Missouri Gulch

Woodland Park, Colorado (Douglas County)

Last Updated: 04/08/2019
4.3 / 5 ( 8 reviews )
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Nearby Trails
Status: Open
Typically Open: Year Round
Length: 11 miles
Highest Elevation: 8700 feet
Duration: About 1 hour, 5 minutes
Shape of Trail: Connector
Best Direction to Travel: North
Nearest Town: Woodland Park
Nearest Town w/ Services: Woodland Park
Official Road Name: 347
Management Agency: United States Forest Service
District: Pikes Peak Ranger District
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Highlights

Highlight: Missouri Gulch
A wonderful drive through some very scenic terrain. There are a few campgrounds and places to pull off and enjoy hiking or a picnic. It is one car width most of the way so be on the lookout for traffic in both directions and watch for dirt bikes.

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Route Information

Technical Rating:
(EASY - MODERATE)

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Waypoints

1. South Start Trail ( mi)
This is where you turn off from CO-67 onto FS-347. You will wind through a residential neighborhood until the beginning of the actual FS-347 trail. You will cross the entrance to Hotel Gulch also here in the very beginning.

Directions to Trailhead

Trailhead Coordinates: 39.099102, -105.098208
North Side Start: From Woodland Park, head north on CO-67N for about 12 miles. Turn right onto S Rainbow Falls Rd/Rainbow Falls Park Rd. Cross the bridge, then make a right into the area with a large parking lot. This is the beginning of Long Hollow Gulch, FS-348. Marked as FS-347, The entrance to Missouri Gulch is up this trail. South Side Start: From Woodland Park, head north on CO-67N for about 9 miles. Look or Forrest Road FS-347. Turn right. This is the trailhead on the East side.

Camping

Dispersed

Land Use Issues

Open year round, but in the winter expect deep snow. Don't go alone in bad weather.

Trail Reviews (16)

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Very little rain this month. Trail was dry and easily passable. Ran it Monday 28 Sept. 2020. Ran it from south to north, starting at west end of Hotel Gulch. I agree with the trail description. Just note, after the beautiful Research Station stone buildings at the intersection of Hotel Gulch ((FS300) and Missouri Gulch, the road goes through a residential area that has no trail marker signs and it's a bit confusing which way to go. Stay on Spruce Road. You'll come to an intersection with a sign that says "Spruce Rd. No Outlet". There actually is an outlet. That outlet is FS-347 Missouri Gulch. The trail description states that you might want to air down here. I didn't because it was dry and normally run 28 lbs in BFG KO2s. I used 4H in one area that was off camber with loose gravel. I didn't see anyone else on the entire length of the trail.

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Gorgeous views! Just beware that the trail is tight in a lot of places and very busy.

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I have been here a few times this past winter and I have to say that the absence of snow made things more interesting/challenging but still very doable. The trail is quite narrow so it might get tricky when encountering opposite traffic.

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Trail was dry and quiet. The top half does have a few blind corners however. We came around one the same time as another SxS did and got quite the surprise. A good reminder to check your speed as this trail has a lot of loose gravel on it and braking takes much longer. I found the bottom half of the trail to be pretty long and boring but the top half was more interesting and had nice views.

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Just ran this trail (347/Missouri Gulch) - north from The Woodland Park side -79/spruce road exit. Open all the way around. Snow pack and slush/mud. Just used 4 high - no issues. Took the 344 road/turn/connection to Illinois gulch and mini-Moab - no issues. Then continued on 344 back to highway 67 - basically Illinois gulch north to south for the exit.

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First time out in the Rainbow Falls area, parts of this trail are pretty narrow, mainly the first section from the trail head is pretty narrow but then opens up. It's pretty flat with some rutted sections, but I ran it stock in a JL Rubicon and had no issues. Just pick good lines through those sections. The connection to Illinois Gulch is pretty steep from 344, and it's loose gravel to boot. I opted to just take 347 out, and run Illinois Gulch from the main trailhead to the rock garden section/Mini Moab.

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It was 99.9% dry on Missouri Gulch and the trail was running great! No hazards were found, other than a small (easily removable) tree branch/trunk.

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Had a wonderful time in the Rainbow Falls area today. There were a variety of surface conditions: dry dirt, mud, packed snow and a little ice. Traction was good all around. The picture shows the conditions at the intersection of 344 and 347 today. The little bit of passable ice was on 347C just east of the 344 / 347 intersection.

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Nice trail. No snow or ice today.

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There was a little bit of snow on the ground and things were frozen when I rolled through, I'd assume it may be a little muddy in the near future.

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This one has melted for the year

Author: Official Crew
Status: Open
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We were out joyriding near home and went out of the trail network via Missouri Gulch. It seemed a little rougher than the last time we were out there and the mud pit is impassable at this time by anyone but those with a built rig. Do not attempt unless you want to spend the day winching and damaging the trail further.

Author: Official Crew
Status: Open
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Ran this for some end of day fun and the trail was nice and clear. Didn't see one person on the trail this afternoon.

Author: Official Crew
Status: Open
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Trail was dry for the most part, just some icy spots despite the warmish temps. A nice drive without too much bumpy trouble. We did not do Chicken Scratch. The trail looked icy and we didn't feel like taking risks in the late afternoon.

Author: Official Crew
Status: Open
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The gulch is open all the way through with no snow or mud at this time. The leaves have largely fallen from the trees, but this trail has made our peeping list for next year based on the aspen groves seen.

Author: Official Crew
Status: Open
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The weather was absolutely gorgeous on the day we ran this trail. 60+ degrees, sunny and warm. We ran this in the opposite direction as the editor of this page describes. The trail was mostly snow packed, but did have plenty of dry, snow free sections. We had 7 rigs with us varying from modified Jeeps, to a stock'ish Toyota Tacomo and FJ Cruiser. I would say that no where did we run into snow deeper than 6''. Some of the hill climbs were a bit difficult going up hill as the snow became very slippery if you didn't keep your momentum up and we did have to winch a couple vehicles that didn't have lockers, but it was only at one spot between way points 6 & 7. I think the trail should easily be passable right now by any high clearance 4wd vehicle, just be prepared to turn around at any icy spots you can't get up, and also make sure to be prepared for the conditions, which would be snow still, so at least have a shovel with you, but going alone is not recommended.

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Justin Daniels

Mapping Crew - Colorado

Justin is a lifelong learner with passions in many areas ranging from technology to music to the outdoors. Being a certified full cave diver, his search for adventure and exploration and knowledge fuels his drive to push his personal limits. Having lived in Colorado since 1997, it is surprising to some that he is new to off-roading. He drives a lightly built up 2012 FJ Cruiser and enjoys that his FJ can bring him to many of the places in the beautiful state of Colorado that he could not otherwise see.
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