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Keystone Gulch Road

Intermediate
 2.5 (8)

A moderate dirt road climb high above Keystone.


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Map Key

3.4

Miles

5.4

KM

Doubletrack

10,100' 3,078 m

High

9,299' 2,834 m

Low

801' 244 m

Up

0' 0 m

Down

4%

Avg Grade (3°)

9%

Max Grade (5°)

Dogs Unknown

E-Bikes Unknown

Closed May 15-June 15 for elk calving.

Description

From the parking area, immediately start climbing right next to a stream. The grade is not too steep, and the surface is very smooth, so enjoy the views of the many beaver dams and pretty valley scenery.

At around 3 miles, you'll pass two lifts near Labonte's Smokehouse which is at the base of Ruby and Santiago lifts of Keystone ski area. Shortly thereafter, at around 3.4 miles, there is a turnoff that crosses the stream and heads uphill. That turnoff is CO Rd 176, and part of the popular ride called Keystone Gulch to Soda Creek Loop.

After passing a third lift at around mile 4.5, the road leaves the drainage and starts climbing a bit more steeply. Beginners may wish to turn around here. To continue, crank up switchbacks as the oxygen gets thinner and thinner.

An optional left turn near the top of the ski area will take you to the Outpost, where you may be able to grab a burger. This trail continues right through a gate and now climbs above timberline until you get to the Erickson Mine where the road ends.

This road is open to ATV's and Keystone service vehicles use it quite a bit, so keep an eye out.

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Shared By:

Nick Wilder

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What was he thinking?
Sep 29, 2019 near Keystone, CO
Near Santiago Ski Lift
Sep 29, 2019 near Keystone, CO
Nice to follow the creek along Keystone Gulch Road
Jul 2, 2014 near Keystone, CO
The Santiago lift along Keystone Gulch Road
Jul 2, 2014 near Keystone, CO
Your feet will get wet.
Jul 4, 2015 near Keystone, CO

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Jul 1, 2020
Lost Justpastnowhere
May 8, 2020
Douglas Turner
Still significant snow less than 2 miles in. Would be fun on a fatty but not so much on regular tires. 2mi
Jun 22, 2019
Joey Stubblefield
16mi — 3h 02m
Oct 23, 2016
Daniella Lugo
Jun 25, 2015
Joe Knechtel
to Co Rd 175 switchbacks