Moon Gulch

4.6/5 (29 reviews)
Rollinsville, Colorado (Gilpin County)
Last Updated: 06/19/2021
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Trail Information

Highlights

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.

Trail Difficulty and Assessment

Trail Navigation

Trail Reviews

4.6/5 (29 reviews)
Rory
1500
Status: Open
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.
Trail Review: Moon Gulch - Rory
Status: Open
Rated 4/5
Visited: 09/03/2022
Difficulty Accuracy: Spot On

Drove the trail from South to North. Overall, a fun, easy train. Some good views on the trail, and some nice driving through the forest. Definite some skinny spots, so not for full sized vehicles. Had some fun teaching my son some off-road basics with a manual transmission. It's a work in progress. :)
Trail Review: Moon Gulch - Ted D
Matt
5050
Status: Open
Rated 5/5
Visited: 07/31/2022
Difficulty Accuracy: Spot On

Very fun trail that is easy and fun at the bottom and bumpy and slow at the top. Beautiful scenery the whole time!
Trail Review: Moon Gulch - Matt
Status: Open
Rated 5/5
Visited: 07/09/2022
Difficulty Accuracy: Spot On

One of my favorite little trails in the area, also my favorite way to access Kinston Peak via Elk Park Road. Overall a pretty easy trail but deserves the moderate rating because of the mud pit towards the first half, and the switchbacks with ravines at the end. Nothing too difficult just pay attention. Has some nice views at spots and some beautiful Aspen groves.
Status: Open
Rated 4/5
Visited: 07/03/2022
Difficulty Accuracy: Spot On

Probably not surprising, but all dry now except for just a tiny bit of mud at waypoint 6.

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