Moon Gulch

4.5/5 (33 reviews)
Rollinsville, Colorado (Gilpin County)
Last Updated: 06/19/2021

Trail Information


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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Trail Reviews

4.5/5 (34)
Visited: 05/29/2023

Beautiful trail made it up to waypoint 12 and then turned around due too some big snow drifts and took Perigo out.
Rated 3/5
Visited: 05/12/2023
Difficulty Accuracy: Spot On

It’s a nice drive into the mtns. I’m sure it’s beautiful when the aspens have leaves and change color. As of 5/12/23, we could only get to marker 6 before the snow and snow way. 😂 give it a month.
Partially Open
Visited: 04/01/2023

After marker 3 you will hit a ton of snow, I did not want to risk getting stuck so I did not try it. If you want to test the waters I would highly recommend chains and recovery gear.
Rated 5/5
Visited: 02/09/2023

With two rigs (locked 37s, locked 35s with chains) we got to nearly waypoint 4, where the snow gets to at least 3 feet deep and quite dense, but too steep to stay on top of. Quite a fun snow bash, with more winching it would be possible to break through to the next low spot.
Rated 5/5
Visited: 10/22/2022
Difficulty Accuracy: Spot On

Super fun! Definitely nice and mellow if you know what you are doing, the only thing to be careful of is how narrow certain spots are. Only saw 4 people the whole entire length of the trail.

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