Pickle Gulch 4x4 Trail

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Pickle Gulch 4x4 Trail is a 5.6 mile moderately trafficked point-to-point trail located near Black Hawk, Colorado that features beautiful wild flowers and is rated as difficult. The trail offers a number of activity options and is best used from March until October. Dogs are also able to use this trail.

5.6 miles
1758 feet
Point to Point

dog friendly



nature trips

off road driving

scenic driving




wild flowers


Remote, rugged area north of Central City Remote forest land tucked in behind surrounding private mountain property. Confusing at first due to few route markers so follow directions carefully. Connects to Moon/Gamble Gulch Trails (available as eGuide from FunTreks). Great area for ATVs, UTVs and dirtbikes. Open all year, weather permitting. For current conditions call Arapaho National Forest, Clear Creek Ranger District at (303) 567-3000. There are two short difficult sections, which can be bypassed. Tight brush. Not recommended for shiny new SUVs, but aggressive models with high clearance can do it. Tight brush may scratch vehicle. Various exit points in case you encounter a locked gate.

5 days ago

off road driving
25 days ago

My girlfriend and i did this trail yesterday afternoon. It was a lot of fun, definitely challenging in some areas, but a lot of the challenging areas have bypass trails. i chose the harder lines to add some more fun. We started at the entrance off Missouri Gluch Rd. i was hoping to be able to make over to the Moon/Gamble Gulch trail, as i wanted to make it up to the shaft house. Due to snow drifts we werent abe to make over there. We did however make it to the end of the Pickle Gulch trail off Apex Rd, although towards the Apex side the snow drifts were pretty big. It is memorial weekend, so its still pretty early in the season. That being said, the trail did have some muddy areas and like i said, snow. This is a very well kept trail with a lot to offer with great views. i was driving a jeep Cherokee with 31s and a 3in lift. i was able to do all the challenging parts of the trail, but i would advise taking the bypass areas if you have a stock height vehicle. I have posted some pics of our ride on this trail. Also check out my instagram for more pics, @mhysom. Enjoy!

off road driving
8 months ago

Great Sunday drive trail. Don't do it alone! Most of the obstacles are easy, and there are bypasses also. This trail would be much harder if it was raining or snowing. Tight areas, you will get some Colorado Pin Stripping. Great spots for large camping or group cookouts. Did this trail on 09-25-16

off road driving
8 months ago

Awesome trail. Tight squeeze in some areas. Definitely recommend uphill and with an aggressive 4 wheel drive. There are some camping areas. We went at end of September 2016