Gold Dust Trail is a 16 mile out and back trail located near Jefferson, CO that features beautiful wild flowers and is rated as moderate. The trail is primarily used for hiking and mountain biking and is accessible from June until September.
Directions from Como: The Gold Dust Trail begins from the Tarryall Road (Forest Developed Road 405) in the town of Como. The trailhead is approximately 5.5 miles from Highway 285. There is a wide spot for parking in the road approximately .3 miles past the trailhead.
Really cool hike that follows the ditch portion of the Gold Dust Trail through the forest, following an old placer operations leading from North Tarryall Creek to Tarryall Creek. Will be back!
We were looking for a relatively flat trail today and it fit the bill perfectly. Great for a first day hike to acclimate to the elevation. To locate it, from the town of Como, follow the signs for camp como, then as soon as you see the "Private Property" signs for the camp, look to your left for the trailhead. We just parked next the road. Nobody else was there so we had it to ourselves. We only hiked in about 2.5 miles then turned around for a round trip of 5 miles. My garmin tells me we gained about 600' feet in elevation. This would also be a fun beginner mt bike trail too. Lots of rocks and tree roots to navigate.