Pennsylvania Gulch

4.4/5 (45 reviews)
Nederland, Colorado (Boulder County)
Last Updated: 05/16/2021
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Trail Information

Highlights

Pennsylvania Gulch Trail is an excellent 4wd choice to challenge new and intermediate off-road drivers. It is approximately two miles long and is one off-road trail not to miss in the area.  Most of the trails in the area can be negotiated in 2WD but Pennsylvania Gulch requires 4WD.  Pennsylvania Gulch is about the trail rather than the mountain views as it remains in the trees for its duration.  It is moderately rocky with many exposed tree roots on the trail.  The trail is uphill and narrow with only one or two places to pass so it is best taken from east to west as uphill travel will have the right-of-way.

Trail Difficulty and Assessment

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Trail Reviews

4.4/5 (45 reviews)
Status: Open
Rated 4/5
Visited: 08/09/2022
Difficulty Accuracy: Harder

Waypoint 2 to 3 is tough. I’m a relative beginner and was sweating. Also pinstriping. Did it a day after rain but it wasn’t very wet but would be extremely slick if wet so avoid around precipitation. Fun and challenging for me.
Status: Open
Rated 5/5
Visited: 06/12/2022
Difficulty Accuracy: Spot On

Great short trail. There is a small stream running the down the entirety of the trail which has made parts of the trail slick which in turn made it more fun and slightly more challenging. Ran it with a group of people including the following vehicles: Stock 2019 Jeep Moab Edition with stock tires; Jeep with 3" lift and 37s; Stock 2021 4Runner TRDP; and our 2020 4Runner with 3" lift and 33s. Easy to pick lines without a spotter on this trail. There is a tight spot towards the end that hugs a sharp boulder that wants to catch your door or fender flares. This is because of a slight camber that pushes you into the boulder. No snow. Just wet and slick.
Status: Open
Rated 4/5
Visited: 05/29/2022
Difficulty Accuracy: Spot On

Fun, bumpy run. Slow going and careful placement wins the race. Bit of mud but no snow.
Trail Review: Pennsylvania Gulch - Kyle Campbell
Trail Review: Pennsylvania Gulch - Kyle Campbell
Status: Open
Rated 4/5
Visited: 05/08/2022

Ran this trail in a tacoma with stock suspension, and 32s. I was with a 4runner with a slight lift and 32s, and a stock Jeep Cherokee trail hawk. Tacoma and 4runner had no issues, but the jeep struggled a bit on a few of the bigger obstacles. The trail was very wet, with a stream running down the middle of the trail for just about the whole thing.
Status: Open
Visited: 05/07/2022
Difficulty Accuracy: Spot On

Lead a group of 8 rigs including 2 stick 4Runners and was able to successfully make it all the way through the trail. There is still a lingering snow bank but with some traction boards able to get the 4Runners through. No issues getting any of the Wranglers through. The root obstacle has been cut back and didn’t cause any issues for us as it has in the past. With the snowmelt making the trail wet, it provided some nice challenges.
Trail Review: Pennsylvania Gulch - Jacob Adkisson
Trail Review: Pennsylvania Gulch - Jacob Adkisson

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