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.

DISTANCE
5.6 miles
ELEVATION GAIN
1,722 feet
ROUTE TYPE
Point to Point

dog friendly

birding

hiking

nature trips

off road driving

scenic driving

walking

forest

views

wild flowers

wildlife

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.

off road driving
4 days ago

It's not a very long trail and not very difficult. It's probably a good challenge for a stock 4x4. I have also done this trail in the winter. That's a little more fun the ice can lead to a challenge and some Carnegie if your not careful.

off road driving
7 days ago

Went through the trail in my 2016 Tacoma TRD Off-Road with 35 inch tires, and 6 inch lift. The trail had some difficult parts that took awhile to get out of. It also had some narrow sections where if your vehicle was and bigger than a Tacoma you might have a higher risk of scratches, so be advised. Over all the trail was fun and had the right amount of challenge. Would not recommend for a beginner, but it wouldn’t be impossible. On the trail we also came across two bull moose so keep an eye out for wildlife as you go.

14 days ago

08/04/2018
A small section closed near the top, take the Michigan Hill detour, which is easy to find.
I can't see why anyone would do this as a "there and back" when you can easily connect to a network of fun trails via Apex Road. make it a loop and come out Missouri gulch. - way more fun that way, in my opinion.

13 Wrangler sport, 4' AEV kit with Bilsteins, 35" open country's, aired down to 12. - Amateur driver.

off road driving
16 days ago

Definitely tested the limits of my stock '03 4Runner! This trail had a wide variety of rock scrambles, straddling stream beds and some great scenery.

off road driving
24 days ago

Lots of fun. Stock Fj cruiser, used the locker a few time as well as the ATRAC. Definitely earned some Colorado pinstripes, as there are very narrow parts, especially when we made a wrong turn.

off road driving
1 month ago

Fun and moderately challenging trail. Stock 2017 Tacoma TRD off road.

1 month ago

Went up yesterday. Had a lot of fun. I drive a ‘16 power wagon on 317/70r17s. Trial is almost too tight for the truck! Definitely earned my pinstripes. Has some fun obstacles that if you’re a novice you want a spotter. We entered from the hard end as that is the way gps took us. Made the last half of the trail lack luster, except for the awesome views! Wouldn’t rate as hard, but sports could be with less clearance. Will go again.

off road driving
1 month ago

Fun obsticals. Made it through all of the tuff lines easily for the most part with a Cherokee on 32's with a 4" lift, open diff's.

off road driving
1 month ago

This is a great trail. There a few areas that are full of rocks, boulders, and ground that has been washed away. The first set of rocks going up is a lot of fun!
Towards the top there are a few dirt hills and ponds. It’s beautiful out there. The second set of rocks we ran into were a lot harder because they are all very loose. Needed 4-low and rear lockers to climb.

2015 Rubicon w/ lift and 35s

off road driving
3 months ago

had a blast, first time there, definitely going back once the snow clears.
about 3 miles in there was still a 4 ft drift across the road...
nice obstacles!!

98 xj
4.5 inch lift
33's open diffs

4 months ago

You can only make it up about a mile and a half before the snow drifts become to deep to pass will deffinately be back when the snows gone

5 months ago

Great technical trail, lots of fun obstacles and was definitely a challenge with open diffs. Ran it on a warm weekend so the snow was melting but still proving to be icy in spots. The two main obstacles are both steep climbs. The first was a muddy start and finished with a rocky outcrop with a large boulder in the center. The second was a deep ravine filled with large rocks and deadfalls. They both had bypass trails. This trail was really fun because its all uphill on the way in, so you don’t have to worry about making it through a section and not being able to make it back. Awesome views and a few nice campsites at the top.

1987 Toyota 4Rnunner
3” lift
33” Mickey Thompson Baja MTZs
Smittybuilt XRC 9.5k winch

off road driving
8 months ago

Beautiful views with snow packed roads. 2003 Wrangler Sahara 31 inch tires no lift.

off road driving
10 months ago

moderate drive. only two spots that are issues for driving. Awesome view at the top!

off road driving
10 months ago

Had a blast. Will come back with the lift kit for even more fun.

off road driving
11 months ago

Took out my Maverick on this trailer yesterday 9/14. An awesome technical trail, with many other trails running out for exploring. I would certainly be coming here again.

Thursday, August 10, 2017

fun with a couple of technical sections.

off road driving
Saturday, July 29, 2017

We hit this trail yesterday in our 4 seat RZR 900. There are a few places where there are some major wash outs, 2-3 feet deep. Our little beast made it all the way up and over to Michigan Hill. It was our best trail trip yet. Seems a bit narrow in places for a full size rig IMHO.

off road driving
Friday, July 28, 2017

07/27/2017 beginning 3/4 mile of Pickle Gulch 4x4 trail (not the main road) damaged by heavy rains on 7/26. 3-4 foot deep ravines, and heavily exposed rocks. We came down the trail from the north only to find the last portion very damaged, one section almost impassable, just use caution.

off road driving
Friday, July 21, 2017

fun trail..lifted jeeps no prblem..a little narrow in spots..more tree issues than rocks.

off road driving
Sunday, May 28, 2017

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
Monday, September 26, 2016

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
Monday, September 26, 2016

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

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