Washington Gulch Road

Gunnison National Forest, Colorado

Elevation Gain2,006ft
Trailhead Elevation9,677ft
Elevation Min/Max9677/11003ft
Elevation Start/End9677/9677ft

Washington Gulch Road

Washington Gulch Road is a hiking, biking, and horse trail in , Colorado. It is within Gunnison National Forest. It is 4.6 miles long and begins at 9,677 feet altitude. Traveling the entire trail is 9.3 miles with a total elevation gain of 2,006 feet. The Painter Boy Mine (elevation 10,994 feet) adit can be seen along the trail. This trail connects with the following: 403 and Slate River Road.

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Winter Trails: Colorado-The Best Cross-Country Ski and Snowshoe Trails (Falcon Guides)
Andy Lightbody and Kathy Mattoon
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"Surrounded by the majestic vistas of the Elk Mountains and the Ruby-Anthracite Range, Crested Butte is a haven for Nordic skiers and is thought by many to be the birthplace of the modern American telemark turn. Over the same routes used by mountain bikers during the summer, winter outdoor enthusiasts can explore the vast backcountry famous for its beauty, accessibility, and ruggedness. The trail to the abandoned mining camp of Elkton is a well-established, popular route shared by snowmobilers, snowshoers, and backcountry skiers. The best time to go is after a fresh snow, when you can break trail yourself and enjoy the calm and peace of the gently rolling terrain." Read more
Best Dog Hikes Colorado (Falcon Guides)
Bob D’Antonio, Maryann Gaug, Stewart Green, Linda B. Mullally, and Tracy Salcedo-Chourré.
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"Washington Gulch Trail offers several options. The main goal is the ridge at about 11,400 feet, with spectacular views of the Maroon Bells–Snowmass Wilderness and the Raggeds Wilderness. The flowers are sensational during July. The hike starts at the Gothic-side trailhead, climbing through fields of wildflowers and spruce-fir forest to the ridge. The out-and-back option returns from here. The point-to-point option descends to the Washington Gulch side, passing an old mine with relics. A highclearance vehicle is required to reach the west-side trailhead. Be mindful of mountain bikers the entire way." Read more

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Trail Information

Gunnison National Forest
Nearby City
Gunnison National Forest
Additional Use
Gunnison National Forest, Gunnison; (970)641-0471; www.fs.usda.gov/gmug
Local Contacts
USGS Oh-Be-Joyful; Nat Geo Trails Illustrated 133 Kebler Pass/Paonia Reservoir; Latitude 40˚ Crested Butte, Taylor Park
Local Maps

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Dec 2018