Yankee Hill Road

4.5/5 (96 reviews)
Central City, Colorado (Gilpin County)
Last Updated: 12/16/2022
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Trail Information

Highlights

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.

Trail Difficulty and Assessment

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 (97 reviews)
200
Open
Rated 5/5
Visited: 01/07/2023
Difficulty Accuracy: Spot On

About a foot of snow currently, drifts we’re pretty big on the back side, but managed to break trail all the way through
Trail Review: Yankee Hill Road - Dylan
Trail Review: Yankee Hill Road - Dylan
300
Open
Rated 5/5
Visited: 12/11/2022
Difficulty Accuracy: Spot On

Ran it from east to west. Some snow pack. Not enough to trouble even this newbie (granted JLU with 3in lift 35s) - did end up spinning the wheels a couple of times - but that was user error in not placing tires on pressed down tracks. One ~30 foot section of ice (near waypoint 18?) - presumably frozen snow melt. A fellow off-roader in a truck was kind enough to guide me through it. The rocky section (soon after the ice) warrants the 4-5 rating - needed some careful tire placement and spotting. Managed to not scrape anything under. Not gonna lie - it did make me think of turning back, but it was not sustained - just one 30-40 ft section that was the crux. Glad I plowed through. Views at waypoint 6 were beautiful!
Open
Visited: 11/20/2022

Snow was perfect… no issues.
Official Crew
39950
Open
Rated 5/5
Visited: 11/12/2022
Difficulty Accuracy: Spot On

Calvary 4-Wheelers ran several segments of this trail as we took a meandering route through the Yankee Hill network on Saturday, November 12. The main trail was mostly clear with patches of ice and packed snow here and there. Some of the side trails had more snow, especially in thick trees or south facing slopes. The weather was very nice, with partly cloudy to sunny skies and cool but not frigid temperatures. The scenery, of course, was spectacular.
Trail Review: Yankee Hill Road - Bill Andrews
Trail Review: Yankee Hill Road - Bill Andrews
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Open
Rated 5/5
Visited: 10/22/2022
Difficulty Accuracy: Spot On

Ran it today in reverse along with the Columbine Cutoff in a 21 Wrangler Rubicon 2-door, stock. Somewhat busy up on the trail but not too bad. Aspens are done and dropped all their leaves. Some of the climbs were a bit rocky and I'd definitely recommend against any lower clearance cars without full skids. Views from the top were pretty great though a bit windy.
Trail Review: Yankee Hill Road - Corey Charlick

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