Moon Gulch

Rollinsville, Colorado (Gilpin County)

Last Updated: 06/19/2021
4.6 / 5 ( 27 reviews )
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Highlights

Highlight: Moon Gulch
Moon Gulch is one of several ways to access the extensive network of 4x4 trails in the historic mining area around Dakota Hill and Oregon Hill. It combines the Moon Gulch Road itself (290) with the middle section of Jenny Lind-Perigo (413) and the Apex Spur (413.1A/719.1C) to make a pleasant route to the old mining town of Apex. It stays mostly in the forest, surrounded by trees with an occasional open meadow here and there. Along the upper portion of the trail there are a few places where the terrain opens up giving you spectacular views of the Indian Peaks, to the north, Because it is mostly in the trees it tends to retain the snow in the spring and can be somewhat wet and muddy early in the season.

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Waypoints

1. Moon Gulch Trailhead (0 mi)
Turn right and go west on Moon Gulch Road to begin the trail. The graded county road passes through a residential area. The local residents are very sensitive to trespassing and speeding so please be very respectful of their neighborhood. You can assume any turn off the main road is private.

Directions to Trailhead

Starting Point: Rollinsville

From Rollinsville, go south on Colorado Highway 119 0.4 miles. The highway will curve to the left and then make a big turn back to the right. The trailhead is on the right as you go around that turn.

Camping

Dispersed

Trail Reviews (27)

Questions & Answers (1)

Q: This August, I'm doing Moon Gulch in reverse starting at waypoint 17. I'm not clear if the small section from waypoint 17 to waypoint 15 is open and passable in terms of barricades, etc. Thanks
–steve michael stefany (06/04/2020)
–Ryan Boudreau (06/04/2020)

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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