Illinois Gulch

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3.8/5 (20 reviews)
Woodland Park, Colorado (Douglas County)
Last Updated: 05/22/2023
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Illinois Gulch is a slightly rough picturesque trail in the Rainbow Falls area of Colorado. Easy to access yet less crowded than the nearby Flake Road, it's perfect for those looking for a peaceful weekend getaway, complete with numerous well-developed campsites. Illinois Gulch is a gateway to Long Hollow Road and the 15-square-mile Rainbow Falls Trail Network. However, this mild trail becomes significantly more challenging with fresh or ice-packed snow during winter, requiring extra caution. Despite its roughness, Illinois Gulch remains an alluring destination for newbies and seasoned drivers seeking memorable off-roading adventures while camping amidst nature's beauty.

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3.8/5 (21)
Visited: 11/23/2023
Difficulty Accuracy: Easier

Ran this trailer yesterday with just a layer of snow covering the ground. Fun little offshoot and the rock section has, for lack of better words, a bypass line. Take this route if you want just a little bit more of a challenge at the end of Long Hollow Road.
Trail Review: Illinois Gulch - Juniper Overland
Trail Review: Illinois Gulch - Juniper Overland
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Rated 5/5
Visited: 09/09/2023
Difficulty Accuracy: Spot On

Fun trail. No problems in stock Tacoma TRD OffRoad.
Trail Review: Illinois Gulch - Jack.sos
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Visited: 08/19/2023
Difficulty Accuracy: Spot On

Came down trail from long hollow and tree is cleared between points 4 and it's super skinny (we ended up sliding into the stump and took out the mirror). What amazed us more was how fast sxs come barreling up the trail from the parking lot around blind corners. Had a guy today almost kiss our front bumper no more than 100 feet in.
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Visited: 07/23/2023

Tree down in the middle of the road
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Rated 4/5
Visited: 07/03/2023
Difficulty Accuracy: Easier

This was my first time on this trail, but didn’t find it that difficult in my Gladiator Rubicon on 37s. It was very scenic, and there was a nice stream running on the trail, plus a couple of water crossings. Lots of fun, but nowhere to pull over if you meet another vehicle coming in the opposite direction

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