Illinois Gulch

Woodland Park, Colorado (Douglas County)

Last Updated: 03/21/2021
3.2 / 5 ( 5 reviews )
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Status: Open
Typically Open: Year Round
Length: 1.5 miles
Highest Elevation: 8196 feet
Duration: About 30 minutes
Shape of Trail: Straight Through
Best Direction to Travel: N/A
Nearest Town: Woodland Park
Nearest Town w/ Services: Woodland Park
Official Road Name: 350.A
Management Agency: Pike National Forest
District: Pike's Peak Ranger District

Highlights

Highlight: Illinois Gulch
When you want to spend a weekend wheeling and camping, the last thing you want to do is spend a ton of time looking for a camp spot or setting up. This mild trail is easy to access and is less-trafficked than the nearby Flake Road. That access means that campsites are well-developed and rather plentiful for a trail this size. During the summer months, it’s the easiest way to Missouri Gulch and into the entire 15-square-mile Rainbow Falls Trail Network. The mild rating on this trail is tempered with a warning. Since it is open year-round, the difficulty can get exponentially harder with fresh or ice-packed snow. When the weather is nice, newbies and seasoned drivers will find an easy trail that is a great Colorado forest experience with generous camping choices and easy access to the network. Rainbow Falls is a very popular Colorado off-roading destination, and Illinois Gulch and Flake Road are popular trails in the area, over time their names have gotten confused. If you are looking for the Moab Hill or Mini-Moab obstacle, check out Flake Road. Flake is the official name of the trail, and Illinois Gulch actually follows the geological feature of the named gulch but has no obstacles.

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Route Information

Technical Rating

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Waypoints

1. Trailhead (0 mi)
The trailhead is on the east side of Rainbow Falls Road. There is a large area here that can be filled with RV's depending on the time of year.

Directions to Trailhead

Starting Point: Woodland Park, Colorado

Take CO-67 North for 11.1 miles. Turn right on Rainbow Falls Road 1.3 miles to the trailhead on the right.

Camping

Dispersed

Trail Reviews (9)

Author:
Status: Open
Difficulty Accuracy: Spot On
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Stock 2021 JL Rubicon, Easy trail, narrow in some places would be tough for any full sized vehicle. Some rocky sections that appear to be torn up from UTV, just watch your wheel placement as to not scrape your belly.
Author:
Status: Open
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Short easy trail that gets you up or down from Quarry Road or go to Missouri. Few small obstacles, but not really obstacles. It is narrow is a few sections.
Author:
Status: Open
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it is not much technical but a very narrow and fun to drive dirt road which passes through a reasonably dense forest
Author:
Status: Open
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Ran this trail to connect to Moab Hill on a Saturday. It was extremely busy. If you watch my video you can see how crazy busy it was. Just be aware, get there early and leave before the afternoon hours cause its nuts. I couldn't even do the main obstacle because there was a line of about 30 cars trying to do it. Still was a fun trail and was very muddy when we went.
Author: Official Crew
Social Media:
Status: Open
Offroaded on:
This trail is open, however, CAUTION. Colorado weather is unpredictable this time of year and there may be the occasional fresh snow fall or mud and melting snow. This trail is in an area of the state where snowfall levels have dropped for the season and the majority of the trails are dry, muddy and/or only have a small bit of snow on them. Again, please use caution if traveling on these trails until the dryer season.
Author:
Status: Open
Offroaded on:
Ran rainbow falls area. Only a few inches of snow and trails packed down and patchy in spots. Great day!
Author: Official Crew
Social Media:
Status: Impassable
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This trail is located at a higher alitude of Colorado and at this time of year should be considered impassable for any regular off-road user. Some people may be able to manage these trails with the correct gear, emergency equipment, and rig. Travel with caution.
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Status: Open
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Doing some snow wheeling on Halloween. Trail was a nice easy start to the day before crossing over to do some more fun. Hit a few spots with 3 ish inches of snow. No challenges traveling the trail and pretty easy going.
Author: Official Crew
Social Media:
Status: Open
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This is a nice trail that I wouldn't mind camping on during the week or later in the year when there is less small vehicle. I drove through here to connect through to Quarry Road and the rock obstacle there.

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Writer Information

JD Marshall

Mapping Crew - Colorado

Jen & JD moved to Colorado from Chicago in May of 2015 for work and brought with them a 2001 stock Jeep Wrangler that had been garage bound for two years. Within a month of arrival, all rusty 170,000 miles of it was shaking on Colorado trails and they've never stopped. As time as gone on, their 2001 TJ had to be traded and a 2015 Jeep JK has been added to the family. JD works as a Systems Engineer for a cable company and Jen runs a business from their home during the week to pay the bills. When the weekend hits, they're almost always hitting the trail. When Sunday night rolls around, the question turns to, 'so what's next week?!'.
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