Castle Rock Gulch

4.5/5 (6 reviews)
Johnson Village, Colorado (Chaffee County)
Last Updated: 06/03/2021
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Trail Information

Highlights

Castle Rock Gulch Road, FS Road 188, is located within the San Isabel National Forest approximately ten miles east of Johnson Village. This area of the National Forest, commonly referred to as “Fourmile”, contains hundreds of roads and spurs which provide a broad spectrum of outdoor recreational opportunities. Castle Rock Gulch Road is noted for its slick rock outcroppings, broad stream-filled meadows, and twisty road. The rock features offer splendid viewing and photography. This road is popular among OHV users, mountain bikers, hikers, and equestrians. It is a maintained dirt road suitable for all but the largest motorized vehicles (it is not uncommon to see ordinary passenger sedans, minivans, and trucks towing fifth-wheel RVs). Its accessibility to RVs and horse trailers, the multiple outdoor activities it invites, and visual contrasts between stone and green meadows are Castle Rock Gulch Road’s greatest attractions.

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Trail Reviews

4.5/5 (6 reviews)
Status: Open
Rated 5/5
Visited: 06/02/2022
Difficulty Accuracy: Spot On

Extremely well maintained dirt road. Very pretty drive with some camping opportunities.
Status: Open
Rated 5/5
Visited: 07/26/2021

Was out this way exploring and geocaching. Road is in great condition.
Nik Verbeck
Official Crew
1850
Status: Open
Visited: 06/03/2021

Trail is nice and smooth and appears to have just been mostly regraded in areas.
Tracy Barker
Official Crew
28400
Status: Open
Rated 4/5
Visited: 10/18/2020

Drove this road after completing FSR 186/Black Dumps. The road is in good condition, seems less wash-boarded than the last time I remember. One MUST be cautious going around the curves! Also, conditions are very dry--the ponds and stream (near Waypoint 4) are almost completely dry.
Trail Review: Castle Rock Gulch - Tracy Barker
Trail Review: Castle Rock Gulch - Tracy Barker
Status: Open
Visited: 06/28/2019

Ran this after a full day of trails leading an Overland Bound group. Trail is in good condition. Nice alternative to using CR187.

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