Illinois Gulch

Woodland Park, Colorado (Douglas County)

Last Updated: 06/01/2022
3.6 / 5 ( 8 reviews )
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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.


Route Information

Technical Rating

( EASY )

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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.



Trail Reviews (12)

Questions & Answers (1)

Q: Doesn't this trail end on Long Hollow rather than Missouri Gulch?
–Bill Andrews (05/28/2022)
–JD Marshall (06/02/2022)

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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