Hellgate Wilderness Trail

Total Miles
12.3

Elevation

896.72 ft

Duration

2.5 Hours

Technical Rating

5

Moderate

Best Time

Spring, Fall, Winter

Trail Overview

Starting from the south near Lake Pleasant, the trail starts in a large wash. After the first two miles, the road takes a more technical turn as you begin to wind up through the high desert Bradshaw Mountains. The views on either side of the road are expansive and wide as you'll have a great view into the Hellgate Wilderness Area. This is a very busy road; watch for oncoming SxSs. There are many selectable spur trails on either side with challenging obstacles.

Photos of Hellgate Wilderness Trail

Hellgate Wilderness Trail
Hellgate Wilderness Trail
Hellgate Wilderness Trail

Difficulty

Once out of the wash, the hill climbs are steep and narrow with erosion in parts. Rocky sections are also very common and portions of the road are shelfed. This is a great trail for someone with less experience looking to challenge their skills.

Technical Rating

5

Status Reports

Alex Tacoma
May 27, 2024
4x4
Obstructed
Took the trail from lake pleasant area. Super easy but it’s closed halfway by a gate on the state trust boundary
Drtxi _yank
Apr 14, 2024
SxS
Open
Normal
Dusty
Came from Castle Hot springs road at about 8PM. The city view from the top was great, photo doesn’t do it justice . There was a gate closure about half way on Hells Gate, but I’m guessing it is to keep the cows and donks from entering the ravine. Beautiful night ride no problem for my sxs. Saw a few jeeps on CHS Rd. But nobody on HG.
Drtxi _yank
Mar 16, 2024
SxS
Open
Muddy/Wet
Great night ride, was surprised to see others out there, but saw a large SXS group and a solo camper , but didn’t take away from the ride at dusk. Need HC Truck or SXS for sure at the north end to connect to Castle, Hot Springs Rd.

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