Hamlin Gulch  
USGS 7.5' Map: Central City
Difficulty: Number: Miles: Altitude: Obstacles: Time:
Easy 4 FR273, FR708 5.55 8,427 to 9,660 ft. NA 1-2 hours
County: 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
Summary: Hamlin Gulch road runs on the south side of Mount Pisgah between Hamlin, Woodpecker, and York Gulch.
Natural - closed by heavy snows.
Best Time: June - May still be snowed in
July - Best
August - Best
September - Best
October - Possible early snows
Trail Heads
Camping: There are no dispersed campsites along the Hamlin Gulch road.
Base Camp: This would be a good area to base camp to explore the 4WD roads from Kingston Peak to Central City.
Fall Colors: Poor - Mainly pine forest.
Navigation: From Idaho Springs, I-70 exit 240, head west on I-70 for 1.8 miles. Take exit 238 toward Fall River Rd and go 0.3 miles. Turn right onto Fall River Rd and go 3.4 miles. Turn right onto Hamlin Gulch 4WD Road.
After leaving Fall River Road, the Hamlin Gulch road will be graded gravel for the first part. You will pass a couple of private homes as you climb up the gulch. The first intersection you come to will have a spur road to the left that is not a legal road which climbs up Little Hamlin Gulch. To the right is the lower road from Hamlin Gulch that heads toward Woodpecker Gulch. This road is a two track that will loop along the south side of Mount Pisgah coming out into open areas as it heads toward Woodpecker Gulch. The road is some what of a ledge road along the slopes of the gulches. You will come to another intersection. The right is the Woodpecker Gulch spur, FR273.1C, which ends in the upper part of Woodpecker Gulch in less than a half mile. The left continues above Woodpecker Gulch through a more open area. You will come to another intersection that heads behind you, uphill. This is the upper Hamlin Gulch road. Continuing to the east you will cross the head of Woodpecker Gulch, then cross over a ridge to tie into a large intersection. The road to your left is Yankee Hill Road, FR175. The road straight ahead is Rarus Triangle Road, FR273.2175. The road to the right is York Gulch, which will connect with the Fall River Road which goes to Alice, or I-70 coming out just west of Idaho Springs.

Back at the first intersection, if you continue up the gulch you will be on FR273.1A which will also come to an intersection. Continuing up the gulch will take you to a private home. Take the right, FR273.1B, which is the upper Hamlin Gulch road. Like the lower road you will loop around Mount Pisgah, except you will be higher up. As you come over the ridge into the Woodpecker Gulch area you will come to an intersection. The left will take you up to a dead end turn around. Continuing on the main road you will come to an intersection with the lower Hamlin Gulch road described earlier.
Data updated - February 4, 2019      4WD Road driven - July 10, 2005      Copyright 4X4Explore.com - 2000-2019