Pickle Gulch

Total Miles


3,214.32 ft


3 Hours

Technical Rating



Best Time

Summer, Fall

Trail Overview

This secluded trail is surrounded by private property. Bring a GPS and use directions so you don't get lost. This is a fun area for unlicensed vehicles, and is open all year. For a longer adventure, take this trail with Moon Gulch.

Photos of Pickle Gulch

Pickle Gulch
Pickle Gulch
Pickle Gulch


Difficult. Applies to two sections, which can be bypassed. Tight brush and several narrow steep climbs. Not recommended for shiny new SUVs or oversize vehicles. The large gate at Waypoint 09 looked like it hadn't been used in a long time.

Technical Rating


Status Reports

Richard May
Jun 16, 2024
Trail is open and clear the whole way. No snow.
Seth Wilkerson
May 26, 2024
Deep Snow
Was pretty dried out until Stewart gulch road/ Snowden mine. Snowpack pushed us off the road. Nice trail. Probably could have gotten by with lockers. There was a red jeep up in that area that was dead, didn’t see anybody around.
Tom V.
May 08, 2024
2023 Ford Bronco
Downed Tree
There was a downed tree about 100 yards into the trail. I pulled it down and out of the way but was unable to uproot it and be able to fit through with a Bronco or my buddy’s Tacoma. Will need to be removed before full sized vehicles can make it. Snow cover wasn’t too bad from what I could see
Andrew Alexander
May 04, 2024
Pretty clear until about 1 mile in. Snow got deeper and deeper and had to turn around.

Access Description

Take Highway 119 north from Black Hawk. Turn left on Missouri Gulch Road, C.R. 15S, less than 1 mile after mile marker 10. Drive in 0.8 mile and turn left at sign for Pickle Gulch Group Campground. Continue another 0.3 mile, staying right past campgound to wide spot at end of road. Ignore gated road to left. Trail is straight ahead in dense trees.

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