Gold Hill

Total Miles
3.5

Elevation

2,473.91 ft

Duration

0.5 Hours

Technical Rating

5

Moderate

Best Time

Summer, Fall, Spring

Trail Overview

Due to its narrowness and winding turns through the trees, this trail was recently fenced off and gated for 50" and smaller vehicles. The north end begins with a steep scramble up a crumbly rock face. Although there are a few routes up the rocks, there is really only one that can be done without winching up. After the rock face, the trail dips into the tree line and slithers up the hillside before it pops you out near the ridge line. The scenery changes fast in this section from rocky hill climbs, to pockets of thick pines, and then to grassy ascents running parallel to the ridge. Midway through the ride, you will find yourself on top of Gold Hill which will reward you with 360-degree panoramic views. To the East, you will be able to see Morgan Valley. Bountiful Peak hanging above you to the South. Francis Peak and the radar towers to the North. Beautiful views back down Farmington Canyon to the Northwest and a sweeping view of Farmington Flats below. From here, the trail glides gently back down off the summit through an aspen grove, curls around the upper edge of a marsh, and then connect back up with the Farmington Flats Trail.

Photos of Gold Hill

Gold Hill
Gold Hill
Gold Hill

Difficulty

As with all trails, the types of challenges faced on the route vary depending on the direction you travel. Heading from North to South, there is a steep rock face to pick your way up. There are only 1 or 2 routes through this area that can be done without winching up the rocks. Depending on the time of year, and the recency of rainfall, the trail can be pocked with several deep and wide mud holes that can be 18" or more. Wet conditions can also increase the difficulty of this trail because there are off-camber ravines that you can easily slide into.

Technical Rating

5

Status Reports

Sterling Ungerman
Jul 01, 2023
ATV
Obstructed
Deep Snow
Downed Tree
Brett Mcroberts
Jun 29, 2023
4x4
Open
Muddy/Wet

Access Description

On the north end, the route can be found on the very South end of the Farmington Flats parking area. The route is marked with OHV trail markers and trail signage. From the South, the trail is also marked and can be found along Farmington Flats Trail close to its midpoint.

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