Yankee Hill Road

MODERATE 71 reviews
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Yankee Hill Road is a 15.4 mile moderately trafficked out and back trail located near Idaho Springs, Colorado that offers scenic views. The trail is rated as moderate and primarily used for off road driving. Dogs are also able to use this trail but must be kept on leash.

DISTANCE
15.4 miles
ELEVATION GAIN
2601 feet
ROUTE TYPE
Out & Back

dogs on leash

off road driving

views

muddy

rocky

off road driving
1 month ago

Went up on 3/18/18 right before it snowed. Trail was a ton of fun. I have a stock 2017 Forester XT, only thing done so far is new AT tires (KO2s). I didn’t bottom at all. Some steep rocky spots. Car handled it no problem. Was snow on the trail and I got off the trail before a snow storm came. Later found out a bunch of vehicles had to be rescued. I’m posting a YouTube video of my ride up.

https://youtu.be/1dFoosRjOwE

1 month ago

Went a few weekends in a row now. Weekend of 3/10 was dry with ice in the shade. No issues. Easy trail.
Weekend of 3/11: blizzard. 2ft or more of fresh snow while we were on the trail, large drifts towards the top. Lots of fun!
2011 Tacoma single cab 3.5” lift
18psi 285/75r16 mudstar radials
No lockers
No sway bars.
No issues with this trail.

off road driving
1 month ago

In the summer difficulty 3.5/10. Winter 7/10. Trail does not shut down, and there are enough trails that connect to keep you busy as long as you want. The back side drops down st. Mary’s glacier.

off road driving
1 month ago

I've hit this trail every week for the past month and it never gets old. Varying snow amounts make or break each trip and today was the day I'd been waiting for....THE SNOW IS MELTING. Tons of mud puddles to hit and there's no serious snow until you get up past the second shooting range clearing. Another wheeler was stuck on the path so that's as far as I got today. This trail is perfect for seeing what you're comfortable with. Plenty of modest alternative routes to the more intense lines and just enough sketchy to get the blood flowing. My stock '15 Wrangler does just fine on this trail. If you see a tank green 4 door on the trail, stop and say what's up!

off road driving
1 month ago

My ‘07 Grand Cherokee worked this trail just fine. Some steep rocky slopes were difficult to maneuver with the ice/snow, but after a couple tries I was able to get passed them.

Un lugar hermoso para disfrutar de la energía de las montañas

off road driving
3 months ago

Great area for Off-roading good spot for kids ATVs UTV s

off road driving
5 months ago

Had a lot of fun, some snow but never any issues, just added some fun to a fairly easy trail.

off road driving
5 months ago

Very cool trail with the right difficulty of obstacles. amazing 360º views at the top. yankee hill itself is a fun steep loose rock climb but no one had any problems. if you'd like to see a video of the run i have one up at:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QhxFwl7QQwg

07 ranger manual
bilsteins
13psi
33"
no lift
no locker
no sway bar

youtube trail channel: b roll offroad

have fun!

off road driving
6 months ago

badass area love it!

off road driving
6 months ago

Very cool trail with the right difficulty of obstacles. amazing 360º views at the top. yankee hill itself is a fun steep loose rock climb but no one had any problems. if you'd like to see a video of the run i have one up at:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QhxFwl7QQwg

07 ranger manual
bilsteins
13psi
33"
no lift
no locker
no sway bar

youtube trail channel: b roll offroad

have fun!

off road driving
6 months ago

Took the family off roading in the Stock 2017 Jeep Wrangler Unlimited. Had 1 section that was really washed out and another Jeep and I turned around to avoid some large boulders. There was a cut through road I believe it was 173.1, but it's not marked on the app. Check my driving log. It was much easier and came out just on the other side of the washed out area with large boulders.

The trail up to Yankee Hill was much more compact today, and we easily made it all the way up.

Snapped a few pictures, threw a few snowballs, headed out the backside of the trails to call it a day. 10/10

6 months ago

on of my favorite places

off road driving
8 months ago

This was my first time on this trail, as well as the first time out with my lifted Jeep Wrangler. Most of the trail was easy but there are some very deep water holes that an average vehicle may have trouble with. The toughest section was near the end, or near the start, depending on where you enter the trail. With my sway bar disconnects, 3" lift and 35's, it was fine but again, a stock vehicle would have some issues. Specially if you had to climb this section.

8 months ago

Great time, definitely couldn't do it in a stock jeep though. Some really rocky sections which would have been really challenging without good tires at least. We had to use a winch to get unstuck in one section because the YJ in the group got a bit ambitious with their route choice. Lots of cool forest roads to choose from up there, and neither of the jeeps got damaged so all in all a great trip

off road driving
8 months ago

we have gone up many times in our sxs and have enjoyed it every time. Some of the trails should be marked as difficult for 4x4s because of very big boulders sharp rocks and grade. And make sure you are equipped for anything has we have seen flats, broken Suspensions, stuck trucks , and completely burned out Polaris chassis.

off road driving
9 months ago

My favorite off road trail so far.

9 months ago

Nice trail, very rocky but nothing hard. The books we were following were a bit confusing and we ended up on Cumberland Gulch. We still had fun though.

hiking
9 months ago

Awesome place for off road driving TERRIBLE place to camp/hike. There is a shooting range close to the top, which is very dangerous. Loud from all the gun shots and ATV/Moto/Off road vehicles.

camping
9 months ago

Awesome place for off road driving TERRIBLE place to camp/hike. There is a shooting range close to the top, which is very dangerous. Loud from all the gun shots and ATV/Moto/Off road vehicles.

off road driving
9 months ago

Really nice trail. Some easy spots and some tough spots. Moderate traffic on a Tuesday.

9 months ago

Decided to take this back home from Blackhawk today. Great trail and my 16 Jeep Renegade with stock tires did great. I had to get out a few times to guide over some terrain and one place we ended on two tires but other than that pretty proud of my Jeep and the driver, my husband.

10 months ago

Good mix of terrain and views. A great way to spend an afternoon.

off road driving
10 months ago

Great trail for beginners to intermediate wheelers. Nothing to strategic. Plenty of beautiful scenic views and tons of spots to pull over and have lunch. This trail goes straight through and drops you off about a mile away from Loch Le Mond which is another easy trail.

10 months ago

Great trail. definitely a must do.

off road driving
10 months ago

This is a great trail. A normal stock jeep will be fine up to 5.6 miles. Beyond that there is a boulder field that will give you trouble. Amazing views.

off road driving
10 months ago

awesome trail!!

off road driving
11 months ago

Great moderate trail. Great scenery went to the top and then had to rescue a jeep on it's top. Thank God for a ARB bumper and a warn winch on my jeep. and a Polaris RZR we had the jeep upright in no time.as for Yankee hill. Great views with good trails and great people.we will be back soon

off road driving
Sunday, January 01, 2017

had a great time trying out my new 16 jeep renegade latitude 4x4. got a lot laughs and strange looks but I made with no problems all the way to the top and decided to turn around since we still have the factory tires on it and didn't want to push our luck. even know we was on 2 wheels turning around. still had no issue

off road driving
Sunday, November 06, 2016

Great trail with great views

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