East Castle Peak (Coberly Gap)  
Maps:        
USGS 7.5' Map: Castle Peak, State Bridge, Wolcott
Statistics:
Difficulty: Number: Miles: Altitude: Obstacles: Time:
Easy 3 BLM 8500 6.50 9,250 ft. Mud - 3 4-5 hours
County: Eagle
Adopted by:      
Managed by: BLM, Colorado River Valley Field Office 2300 River Frontage Road, Silt, Colorado 81652 (970)876-9000
Summary: East Castle Peak crosses a bench on the south side of Horse Mountain, over Coberly Gap, and then down to Alkali Creek.
Attractions: Scenery, hunting, and Wilderness access.
Seasonal
Closure:
Natural - Closed by heavy snows.
Best Time: June - May be muddy
July - Best
August - Best
September - Best
October - Early snows possible
Trail Heads
Accessed:
 
Camping: There are many dispersed campsites along the road. Some of the larger ones have nice scenic views.
Base Camp: This would be a good area to base camp and explore the Castle Peak Wilderness and surrounding roads and trails.
Fall Colors: Good - The open meadows near Coberly Gap contain large and small stands of aspen trees.
Navigation: From Wolcott, CO. head north on Colorado Hwy 131 North toward Yacht Club Drive. Go 3.0 miles and turn left onto Milk Creek Rd. This is the start of East Castle Peak road, BLM 8500, which goes to Coberly Gap.
History:  
Description:
Milk Creek Road is a wide two lane graded gravel road. After approximately 1.5 miles you will come to a large pull out area and intersection. Milk Creek Road will continue straight ahead and drop down to Milk Creek where it will connect into Eagle County Rd 4. From a parking area on the left the Bocco Mountain Road, BLM8502, will head south to Bocco Mountain. To the right past the parking area on the right side of the road is Horse Mountain Road, the continuation of BLM8500.

Horse Mountain Road will become a wide graded road running along the bluff above Milk Creek. After approximatly 1.5 miles you will pass BLM8509 to the right, a half mile spur road. As the road continues on it becomes less maintained and more of a two track, East Castle Peak Road. After crossing a drainage you will pass two dispersed campsites on the left that overlook Milk Creek. You will come to a sharp hairpin curve crossing another drainage. Past this curve will be two more dispersed campsites. In about a half mile you will come to an intersection. The left is BLM8510, the right continues as East Castle Peak Road, BLM8500.
Looking down toward Milk Creek drainage

photo by:
Adam M

From here the road will continue climbing away from the Milk Creek drainage along the southwest slopes below Horse Mountain. The road will be less maintained with larger mud holes, depending on the amount of rain. At the next intersection BLM8511 will head to the left and dead end in less than a mile at the Castle Peak Wilderness Study Area bounday and East Castle Peak Road will continue to the right. Just before the next intersection you will climb to a saddle next to a stand of aspen trees. There will be an old corral and fence line.
Rich H at Coberly Gap

photo by:
Adam M

Coberly Gap. Castle Peak in background

photo by:
Adam M

This is Coberly Gap. Just beyond it is the intersection with BLM8512 to the left which goes just over a mile to dead end at the Castle Peak Wilderness Study Area boundary. The right is the continuation of East Castle Peak Road.

Note: I have not driven past Coberly Gap. The road will continue to Welsh Reservoir on Alkali Creek then climb up onto the bluffs above the creek. It will continue as BLM8513 and circle around the north side of Domantle Peak (10,010 ft.) ending near the top.
Data updated: December 6, 2013      4WD Road driven: September 1, 2013      Copyright 4X4Explore.com - 2000-2014