Bald Mountain Gulch

4.8/5 (27 reviews)
Johnson Village, Colorado (Chaffee County)
Last Updated: 07/28/2019
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Trail Information

Highlights

Bald Mountain Gulch (FS Road 300) is a 4WD road in the Fourmile area of Colorado, southeast of Johnson Village. Bald Mountain Gulch traverses scenic, high elevation terrain in a northeast to southwest track. It provides the 4x4 enthusiast spectacular rock formations and sandy terrain, plus occasional tawny rock-framed views of the Collegiate Peaks. There are numerous 4WD roads in the vicinity, making Fourmile an ideal destination for a weekend of 4x4 trails, camping, hiking, and fishing. Bald Mountain Gulch is recommended to drive in conjunction with Bald Mountain Loop.

Trail Difficulty and Assessment

Trail Navigation

The northeast segment is generally dirt road with patches of bedrock traversing open meadows and mixed forest. The mid-section transitions to a broad sandy wash and becomes narrower in the southwestern segment. Driving southwest, the final mile departs the wash and traverses caliche hills with a relatively steep descent into the parking lot at the Brown’s Canyon Wilderness Study Area. This road is suitable for stock, high clearance 4WD vehicles.

Trail Reviews

4.8/5 (27 reviews)
Status: Open
Rated 5/5
Visited: 08/07/2022
Difficulty Accuracy: Spot On

Fun little sandy trail with some whoop-de-woos. As other reviewers have mentioned and posted pictures of, after waypoint 14 there are 2 or 3 rock obstacles. It seems like the all the recent rain has washed out more of the dirt, and exposing more of the rock. I did not take any pictures because I was trying to beat the rain in the forecast. Not too difficult if you pick the right lines, but ground clearance and smart choices are definitely needed. No problem in a Stock Tacoma TRD Off-Road. I'd say 98% of the trail, the rating is accurate, but as of today, those couple of obstacles are more like a 4 in difficulty.
Status: Open
Rated 5/5
Visited: 06/02/2022
Difficulty Accuracy: Spot On

This is a great trail, with a lot of sandy ups and downs. Wasn't terribly busy, just a few ATVs the day we were out. The view from the upper campsites was top notch, we opted for the last campsite, right near the end of the trail. Only 2 tricky ledge sections, might be a little tricky for a stock SUV, not bad if you've got a Jeep or anything upgraded a little. Would definitely recommend this one!
Trail Review: Bald Mountain Gulch - Adam Kiesling
Trail Review: Bald Mountain Gulch - Adam Kiesling
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Status: Open
Rated 5/5
Visited: 06/01/2022
Difficulty Accuracy: Easier

Took this trail to waypoint 10 and then turned on little cottonwood creek. Fun and easy to that point.
Status: Open
Rated 5/5
Visited: 04/30/2022
Difficulty Accuracy: Spot On

Busy day out there with dirt bikes flying around each corner that could easily turn into them being your new hood ornament. Just after the rock wall (pictured below) is a spot that appears more dug out compared to last year. There is now a tight spot with one line through it and you have rocks on each side that want to eat your side wall so watch out.
Trail Review: Bald Mountain Gulch - Josh Spring
Status: Open
Rated 5/5
Visited: 10/10/2021
Difficulty Accuracy: Spot On

Went SW to NE, opposite of the video. Agree with review just below that there were some small rock challenges at the start coming out of the campground area that might prohibit non-4WD vehicles. Then coming into the area in about the 3:30 mark in TrailsOffroad video from the other direction, I thought we had gone off trail for a second and it was ending before realizing the trail continued by squeezing by the rock wall there and over a couple or rocks. Beautiful Fall drive and we used it to cut off 285 for a bit on our trek back up North to home.
Trail Review: Bald Mountain Gulch - Rich Repp
Trail Review: Bald Mountain Gulch - Rich Repp

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