East Golden Age  
Maps:              
USGS 7.5' Map: Boulder, Lyons
Statistics:
Difficulty: Number: Miles: Altitude: Obstacles: Time:
Moderate 6 FR288 1.50 7900 ft. Rock - 1 2-3 hours
County: Boulder
Adopted by: Trailridge Runners 4WD Club P.O. Box 1716, Longmont, CO 80502  
Managed by: Roosevelt National Forest,
Boulder Ranger District
2140 Yarmouth Ave.
Boulder, CO 80301
(303)541-2500
Summary: The East Golden Age 4WD road is at the top of the Lefthand Canyon OHV network and ties into Castle Gulch.
Attractions: Rock Strewn Chute
Seasonal
Closure:
Open all year. Closed by heavy snows
Best Time: May - May still have snow early
June - Best
July - Best
August - Best
September - Best
October - Good, may have early snows
Trail Heads
Accessed:
None
Camping: None
Base Camp: Not a good place to base camp. Most of the roads in the Lefthand Canyon OHV Network can be driven in a day.
Fall Colors: Poor - Mostly pine forest
Navigation: From Boulder, CO. head north on US-36 W/28th Street for 3.5 miles. Take a slight left onto Lee Hill Drive and go 1.6 miles. Continue onto Olde Stage Road for 3.1 miles. Turn left onto Lefthand Canyon Drive and go 1.2 miles. Turn right to enter the Lefthand Canyon OHV area. You will have to drive up Forest Road 286 to the top of the ridge to start the East Golden Age 4WD road.

From Lyons, CO. head east on US-36/Broadway Street toward 2nd Ave and continue to follow US-36 for 1.3 miles. Turn right onto US-36 E (signs for Boulder) and go 6.0 miles. Turn right onto Lefthand Canyon Drive and go 2.6 miles. Turn right to stay on Lefthand Canyon Drive and go 1.2 miles. Turn right to enter the Lefthand Canyon OHV area. You will have to drive up Forest Road 286 to the top of the ridge to start the East Golden Age 4WD road.
History:  
Description:
Note: The following description is for the East Goldenage 4WD road before the 2013 Flood. The lower section of this road, where the description begins, has changed due to the flood. Presently the whole Lefthand Canyon OHV Network, including Castle Gulch, is in the process of a new Forest Service Area Plan Analysis, to begin in 2016.


East Goldenage 4WD road is a short connection from the head of Castle Gulch over to the top of the Lefthand Canyon OHV Network. It starts where the road to the abandonded Goldenage mine heads west. The East Goldenage 4WD road will continue to climb up Castle Gulch and immediatley you will be driving through a boulder field, which use to be the road before all of the fill material was washed away. After about an eigth of a mile you will come to a sharp switchback and then a wide sweeping switchback that takes you across a small mine tailing. From here the road climbs the edge of the hill toward small gap.

Just before you turn to the left and enter the gap in the hill you will cross a narrow section of road. After this spot you will have to climb up a steeper section of boulder strewn road that runs down the middle of the gap in the hill. Once at the top you will come to an intersection with Fence Line, FR288D, and then East Goldenage Cutoff, FR288B, which both run through the trees and connect with the upper 5-Points area of Lefthand Main FR286.

Data updated April 23, 2015        4WD Road driven May 7, 2010        Copyright 4X4Explore.com - 2000-2015