Mushroom Gulch  
USGS 7.5' Map: Castle Rock Gulch
Difficulty: Number: Miles: Altitude: Obstacles: Time:
Easy 1 FR 308 5.00 8,900 - 9,750 ft. NA 0.5 hour
County: Park and Chaffee
Adopted by:      
Managed by: Pike/San Isabel National Forest
Salida Ranger District
325 West Rainbow Blvd.
Salida, CO 81201
Attractions: Camping
Agency - December 1 to April 15
Best Time: June - Best
July - Best
August - Best
September - Best
Trail Heads
Camping: Dispersed campsites are at the end of spur roads FR308.A, FR308.E, FR308.F, FR308.G, and FR308.B2. These sites are medium to large in size.
Base Camp: This area would be a good place to base camp. There are a large number of easy 4WD roads in the area including Aspen Ridge, Lenhardy Cut-off, Bald Mountain and Sevenmile. There is also the difficult 4WD road, Chinaman, and the extreme 4WD road, Carnage Canyon southwest of Mushroom Gulch.
Fall Colors: Average, there are some aspen in the area.
Navigation: From Fairplay, CO head south on US Hwy 285 for 26.3 miles. Turn left onto Cnty Road 307 and go 0.8 miles to Forest Road 308. Turn left onto FR 308.

From Buena Vist, CO head south on US Hwy 24 for 2.4 miles. Turn left onto US Hwy 24/US Hwy 285 North and go 6.4 miles to Cnty Road 307. Turn right onto Cnty Road 307 and go 2.1 miles to Forest Road 308. Turn right onto FR 308.
Mushroom Gulch is an easy 4WD road that heads up a small valley south of Trout Creek Pass. It has some nice open dispersed campsites at the western end where the gulch is wider. As you head east the gulch narrows before climbing out into the edge of the broad South Park valley. There are three short spur roads at the southeastern end of FR308, they are 308.B, 308.C, and 308.H.
Data updated 12/28/10        4WD Road driven 09/03/10        Copyright - 2000-2012