Keystone Gulch

Keystone, Colorado 80435

Keystone Gulch

Keystone Gulch Professional Guide

Detailed Trail Description from our Guidebook

"Ski touring or snowshoeing up the wide, gradual Keystone Gulch Road brings you to some of Keystone Ski Area’s alpine ski lifts. This outing ends at the Santiago Lift, where there are food facilities, picnic tables, and toilets. The return is one continuous glide, with occasional double-poling.

Begin on foot up the wide road to the southeast. Ascend gradually as the road snakes up the valley through the forest. Stay on the main road, which reaches several huts and lifts on the left at a junction, after 3 miles from the trailhead. The road continues up Keystone Gulch, but you ascend to the left. Here is where the views open up. Enjoy the amenities and the scenery before your pleasant return."

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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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"The Keystone area has over 16 miles of groomed trails and an additional 31 miles of backcountry trails, mostly on old mining roads. The Keystone Gulch Trail is a fun route because it runs up alongside the southwest boundary of the ski area and is convenient for alpine skiers who want to try cross-country touring or snowshoeing for a different adventure. The only snowmobiles you’ll see belong to employees of the resort who are using Keystone Gulch Road as a service road. The trail climbs gradually and only becomes too steep for the novice toward the end, where it is recommended for intermediate and advanced skiers and snowshoers. Many skiers or snowshoers stop before the big ascent begins and head back about 5 miles from the trailhead." Read more

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Trail Information

Keystone
Nearby City
6
Distance
989 feet
Elevation Gain
Out-and-back
Trail Type
Easy
Skill Level
2 hrs 22 mins
Duration
Winter
Season
9,265 feet
Trailhead Elevation
10,230 feet
Top Elevation
Arapaho National Forest—Dillon Ranger District
Local Contacts
USGS Keystone; Trails Illustrated Number 104
Local Maps

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Dec 2018