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Keystone Gulch Trail – Colorado

Distance: 14.5 miles
Rating: Easy – More Difficult
Time: 3 – 4 Hours
Elevation: 9,240 – 11,920 ft.
Type: Out & Back, Dirt road
Season: June – October
GPS Coords: 39.601081,-105.976185

Before You Go: Keystone Gulch Road climbs gradually along a lively stream near the base of Keystone Mountain. Keystone Gulch TrailOptions further up the drainage include a challenging climb to North Peak and a loop combining abandoned logging roads and the West Ridge section of the Colorado Trail.

Description: Begin your ride up Keystone Gulch. The GPS Coordinates will place you at the beginning of that road. Novices will enjoy the first few miles of this well-maintained dirt road. It climbs gradually along a meandering stream and through a shady forest. Wind along the base of the ski area, pass two chairlifts. At 4.5 miles, near the third chairlift, the road veers left and begins climbing more steeply. Novices may want to turn around here. To reach North Peak, ascend steadily for a couple of miles. At about 6 miles (near the top), there’s a fork to the right near a gate. Either continue straight to North Peak and the Outpost Restaurant, which is usually open for lunch, or for more exploring, turn right onto the side road. Climb over rocky terrain for a little over a mile to the scenic Erickson Mine. This historic structure is private a fragile; please don’t touch it. Stay Away just view it from a distance. Since this side trip is mainly above timberline, make sure you check the weather. Bad weather can sneak up on you very quickly.

Parking: From I-70, follow Hwy 6 east to Keystone. At the stoplight, turn right onto Keystone Road. Turn Left immediately, cross the snake river and turn right onto Soda Ridge Road. Drive 0.4 Miles and turn left onto keystone Gulch Road. Park Near the gate.

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