Bald Mountain Gulch

4.8/5 (29 reviews)
Johnson Village, Colorado (Chaffee County)
Last Updated: 07/28/2019

Trail Information


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 (29)
Rated 5/5
Visited: 04/10/2023
Difficulty Accuracy: Harder

Excellent trail, essentially dry. Great views, just be sure to watch for the side-by-sides ripping the place up. Lots of variety on the trail to keep things interesting. As mentioned by another review, there are a few spots towards the end that are significantly more difficult than the rest of the trail. Just look for the skid-plate scratches and pick a different line! I did the trail in a 2020 Ranger. Diff lockers were helpful, but you probably don't need them if you can pick better lines than I did.
Rated 5/5
Visited: 03/19/2023
Difficulty Accuracy: Harder

Finally found somewhere not buried in snow! A couple icy patches in shady spots, but all in easy-to-manage low lying areas. Surprisingly little mud. A couple bumpy rock crawls at the beginning and some whoops through the forest, but the climb down is *definitely* harder than previous reports. Dirtbikes, razors, and a boatload of snowmelt have left very little dirt at what appeared to be easy obstacles in the past. One large rock showed multiple fresh scrapes (caught my skidplate for a second too!), and I absolutely needed my spotterwife to get down the final steps. Proper tire placement could have avoided the skidplate scratch, but I got a nice adventure-scar on one of my rims 😖 No body damage, I honestly considered myself lucky, but it was *gorgeous* and fun as he||!
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.
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!
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.

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