Yankee Hill Road

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4.5/5 (134 reviews)
Central City, Colorado (Gilpin County)
Last Updated: 01/26/2024
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Located just west of the historic mining and gambling town of Central City, Yankee Hill Road takes you directly into a network of off-road trails known as the Yankee Hill Trail System. This large trail network offers amazing high alpine views and miles of trails that can be combined to create numerous routes for a full day or even an entire weekend of off-road fun.

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Trail Navigation

Yankee Hill Road is the main artery through what is considered the "Yankee Hill Trail System." This nearly 6-mile straight-through route follows Forest Service Road 175.1 from Central City to Alice near Saint Mary's Glacier. Much of this trail is an easy bumpy dirt road, especially on the west side. However, the eastern half of the trail has several sections with large rocks, small boulders, and deep erosion ruts that can only be avoided by taking completely separate trails. Along the way, you will pass numerous other trail options that range from easier to more difficult. Any high clearance stock SUV can safely navigate this route.

Trail Reviews

4.5/5 (135)
Impassable
Rated 5/5
Visited: 01/21/2024

Impassable past the shooting range. 3-4 feet of super wet, heavy snow.
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Rated 5/5
Visited: 01/13/2024
Difficulty Accuracy: Harder

Cold and windy when our group went up. Definitely some challenging spots due to ice and snow drifts. Make sure you bring recovery gear though there are only a couple spots that are concerning. The weather has warmed up significantly since we went so perhaps it's better now. When we did the climb it was 15°F, -9°C.
Trail Review: Yankee Hill Road - ripeart
Trail Review: Yankee Hill Road - ripeart
Open
Rated 4/5
Visited: 01/01/2024
Difficulty Accuracy: Spot On

Ran the trail with a JKU on 37’s, TJ on 35’s and Tacoma. Some snow here and there, deep icy water hole towards the start was tricky and had to winch the JKU and Taco at waypoint 6 due to ice. The rest is in good shape and if you chained up i think its doable without winching.
Trail Review: Yankee Hill Road - Grant Shaffer
Open
Rated 4/5
Visited: 12/27/2023

Was not able to get passed waypoint 6 without winching. Rocky hill was ice
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Rated 5/5
Visited: 10/22/2023
Difficulty Accuracy: Spot On

Nice quick trail near Denver, surprisingly didn't come across anyone until the very end of the trail.
Trail Review: Yankee Hill Road - NB
Trail Review: Yankee Hill Road - NB

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