Yankee Hill to Central City

4.4/5 (88 reviews)
Central City, Colorado (Clear Creek County)
Last Updated: 05/08/2022
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Trail Information

Highlights

Excellent off-road route for either beginners or those just looking to escape the city while being in the heart of mining country. The Yankee Hill to Central City Route takes you directly into the Yankee Hill Network where you could spend a day or two exploring many different trails and route combinations which gives you plenty of off-road miles to enjoy. With two different destinations at each end; one being the popular St. Mary's Glacier and the other being Central City/Blackhawk, you can fit in other activities besides off-roading.

Trail Difficulty and Assessment

Trail Navigation

This route is part of what is considered the "Yankee Hill Network". This route follows two Forest Service Roads, 175.1 and 273.2 to take one back and forth from Central City to St. Mary's Glacier through the heart of the Yankee Hill Network. Trail conditions include Forest Service type roads with rocks, boulders and in some areas deep ruts. Any high clearance stock SUV can safely navigate this route. Route instructions are described from St. Mary's to Central City and the trail can be run in either direction.

Trail Reviews

4.4/5 (88 reviews)
Status: Open
Visited: 09/09/2022

Pretty Darn Rocky in a couple bits. Definitely got to use the rock sliders. There's a bypass to the crux that keeps the max difficulty down.
Trail Review: Yankee Hill to Central City - Mike Bannister
Status: Open
Rated 4/5
Visited: 09/04/2022
Difficulty Accuracy: Harder

Completed with Jeep Rubicon Recon 4H required. This trail should be rated a little harder as there are a lot of large rocks and dips that have been made worse due to washout.
Status: Open
Rated 4/5
Visited: 09/03/2022
Difficulty Accuracy: Harder

We ran Yankee Hill in a stock Subaru Forester Wilderness (with full skid plates) from Waypoint 9 (Cumberland Gulch) to Waypoint 1. Great views of Saint Mary's Glacier from the top. Very rocky, rough and rutted from Waypoint 3 to 1. Required some spotting and careful line selection in a couple spots. We tested the skid plates a couple times and lost a mud flap. This portion of the trail should probably be a 4.
Trail Review: Yankee Hill to Central City - Roger Parker
Trail Review: Yankee Hill to Central City - Roger Parker
Status: Open
Rated 5/5
Visited: 07/17/2022
Difficulty Accuracy: Harder

I started in central city and got to miners gulch, which is number 15 on the map. It’s a large open space with a couple mud puddles and nice views. The half mile leading up to it was the only part of the trail that a two wheel drive stock car couldn’t do. But that last half mile I would think you would need a bit of lift and 4WD drive unless you are a very experienced drive. and after that the trail continued to look difficult.
Status: Open
Rated 5/5
Visited: 07/16/2022
Difficulty Accuracy: Spot On

Great day out on Yankee Hill starting from Central City. Trail traffic wasn’t bad at all and got high enough to escape the heat.
Trail Review: Yankee Hill to Central City - Jacob Adkisson
Trail Review: Yankee Hill to Central City - Jacob Adkisson
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