Moon & Gamble Gulches

Total Miles
7.2

Elevation

3,238.98 ft

Duration

3 Hours

Technical Rating

5

Moderate

Best Time

Summer, Fall

Trail Overview

This is a secluded trail that loops over to Dakota Hill. There is a quick, easy side trip to a old shaft house that's in great condition. It can be confusing to navigate the unmarked roads, so you'll want to follow directions carefully. Unlicensed vehicles will have a great time on this trail, and parking is available along Moon Gulch and at the south end of the trail. Open all year.

Photos of Moon & Gamble Gulches

Moon & Gamble Gulches
Moon & Gamble Gulches
Moon & Gamble Gulches

Difficulty

Moderate. First half of trail is very narrow between tight trees. Expect some brush marks. Balance of trail is narrow, rocky and slow-going. Optional road going downhill after shaft house is very narrow and steep.

History

The shaft house is presumed to have provided ore to the 1880s boom town of Perigo, just down the hill along Gamble Gulch Road. Perigo had an active post office between 1897 and 1905. For the most part, nothing is left of the town today. The owner of the property allegedly dynamited most of the structures to reduce property taxes. Dense trees now cover the site. Source (in part): 'Ghost Towns Colorado Style,' by Kenneth Jessen.

Technical Rating

5

Status Reports

Brian Young
May 28, 2024
2018 KTM 1090
Obstructed
Deep Snow
Deep snow in trees.
Tom V.
May 08, 2024
2023 Ford Bronco
Obstructed
Deep Snow
Deep snow which was unable to pass from either direction off apex road.
Josh Macneil
Dec 25, 2023
4x4
Obstructed
Deep Snow
The snow was about 8 inches deep and untouched.
Parker Boyce
Dec 05, 2023
4x4
Open
Snow/Ice

Access Description

Head west from Highway 119 on Moon Gulch Road, located 0.4 mile south of Rollinsville. Stay right at 0.6 mile and continue another 2.4 miles to fork where F.S. 289 goes right. We selected this point as start of trail. To start trail from Waypoint 03, see directions for Apex Road, Trail #40.

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