Moon and Gamble Gulches 4x4 Trails is a 7.8 mile moderately trafficked point-to-point trail located near Black Hawk, Colorado that features beautiful wild flowers and is rated as moderate. The trail offers a number of activity options and is best used from March until October. Dogs are also able to use this trail.
off road driving
Lots of confusing roads but fun area to explore Remote, lesser-known mining area between Rollinsville and Apex. Route loops back over more scenic Dakota Hill, with side trip to remarkably preserved shaft house. Many unmarked roads complicate route-finding, so follow directions carefully. Great area for unlicensed vehicles. No parking at start, so drive in far enough to find wide spot to avoid blocking road. More parking at south end of trail at Point #9 and #10 above town of Apex. If you continue down road after shaft house, be prepared to turn around if gate is locked. Open all year, weather permitting. For current conditions call Roosevelt National Forest, Bouldler Ranger District at (303) 541-2500. Rating: Moderate. First half of trail is very narrow between tight trees. Not for wide or shiny new SUVs. Balance of trail is rocky and slow-going. Shortcut uphill on Forest Road 413.2 is a difficult, steep, rocky climb.
A fun and easy trail system with some'm optionaln challenges, great views and quite a few side tracks.
Had a great time with my family and dog in a stock 2004 Jeep Grand Cherokee. I am a somewhat skilled 4wheeler. I found that it was a low stress trip. If you have a wider vehicle or no off road experience you may have issues. There were a couple of places that were rutted enough to force me into a fairly steep lean. Lots of wild flowers, places to pull off and let the dog run around, enough tough spots to keep me interested... and few enough tough spots to keep my family from freeking out. We missed the turn for the mine shaft, but saw a couple others along the way. There are a few turns that you can screw up, but decent sense and the topo map provided on this website kept us straight. Like the review says, if you don't want a scratch on the SUV, don't take it, pine trees and aspens pretty close together in some spots. Over all a great day!