Yankee Hill  
Maps:    
USGS 7.5' Map: Central City and Empire
Statistics:
Difficulty: Number: Miles: Altitude: Obstacles: Time:
Easy - 4 FR# 175, 772 8.0 8,900 to 11,300 ft. Steep Hill - 1 2-3 hours
County: Gilpin and Clear Creek
Adopted by:      
Managed by: Arapaho and Roosevelt National Forest,
Clear Creek Ranger District
101 Chicago Creek Road
P.O. Box 3307
Idaho Springs, CO 80452
303-567-3000
Summary: Yankee Hill is part of an old stage route connecting Central City with Alice and Georgetown.
Attractions: View from the top of Yankee Hill. History.
Seasonal
Closure:
Natural - closed by heavy snows.
Best Time: June - Access from Alice early.
July - Best time.
August - Best time.
September - Best time.
October - Early snows may close the road.
Trail Heads
Accessed:
 
Camping: There are dispersed sites all along the Yankee Hill road. Be aware of private property in the area.
Base Camp: This would be a good area to base camp with the large network of 4WD roads to explore in the area.
Fall Colors: Average. There are some aspen stands.
Navigation: East end start (this way has lots of confusing side roads after getting through Central City). From Black Hawk, CO head southwest on Gregory Street. Gregory Street turns slightly left and becomes Lawrence Street. Continue for 0.5 miles to Eureka Street. Continue 0.5 miles and turn right to stay on Eureka Street. Continue 0.3 miles to CR 3/Upper Apex Road. At 0.4 miles turn left onto CR 1-N/King Flats Road. Go 1.6 miles to a bend in King Flats Road and continue straight onto Bald Mountain Road. Follow Bald Mountain road for 1.9 miles to an intersection. Take the right to head north on CR25/Pisgah Lake Road. This is the Yankee Hill road.

West end start. On I-70 just past Idaho Springs take Exit 238. Turn right onto CR 275/Fall River Road. After 6.6 miles turn right to stay on Fall River Road. Go 0.5 miles and turn left to stay on Fall River Road. Continue for 1.4 miles and turn right onto Mine Road. Turn left to stay on Mine Road. Continue 0.4 miles and take the slight right turn onto Jeep Road. Follow Jeep Road 0.5 miles to an intersection, turn right and continue up hill. This is the start of Yankee Hill Road.
History: Yankee Hill was named during the Civil War by Northern sympathizers and the town that develped on the hill became known as Yankee. Mining never developed to any large extent here. Yankee became an important state stop on the route from Central City to Georgetown, the shortest route at the time. A concentrate mill was built here in 1905 to process the ore from the Gold Anchor Mine.
Description:
Yankee Hill Is an easy 4WD road with a moderately challenging hill climb to the top of Yankee Hill. From Alice, Colorado is the quickest access to the top of Yankee Hill. Once you start on the 4WD road it is a short distance to the large clearing on the southern flanks of Yankee Hill. There are quite a few old mine tailing in the area. After climbing to the top of Yankee Hill you must return the main road back the way you came.
Paula K
descending Yankee Hill

photo by:
Kristina

Climbing Yankee Hill

photo by:
Kristina

View to the west part way up Yankee Hill

photo by:
Rachel

Large intersection at the base of Yankee Hill

photo by:
Rachel

Heading southeast from Yankee Hill the 4WD road gets better maintained. Just past the Miners Gulch connection the road will become a two lane graded gravel road as it continues on into Central City.
Data updated: January 31, 2014      4WD Road driven: July 9, 2011      Copyright 4X4Explore.com - 2000-2014