Gold Camp Road
ElevationAscent: 3,098' 944 m
Descent: -780' -238 m
High: 9,990' 3,045 m
Low: 7,505' 2,287 m
GradeAvg Grade: 3% (1°)
Max Grade: 8% (4°)
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“A dirt road through the Pike's Peak Forest with access to many singletrack trails.”— Allen Tanner
This trail can either start at Seven Bridges Trail #622, the parking lot, or be combined with any number of climbs.
Begin along Gold Camp Road (GCR). Buckhorn is the first turnoff on the right. At the switchback, Seven Bridges Trail #622 is also on the right.
The 1st tunnel encountered (#3) is closed and a trail leads up and over the tunnel. Here, access to St. Mary's Trail splits off to the right. There is a sign that marks this split. Go left and descend back down to Gold Camp Road.
There are two more tunnels (#4 and #5) which are open along the next few miles, passing wonderful vistas of Cheyenne Mountain and other surrounding peaks.
The trail is gradual, but the climb is steady and because the road is closed on both sides to cars, Pike's gravel has accumulated in some areas. It is also exposed to the elements with no bail-out options once along the eastern climb. Plan for weather accordingly.
The trail eventually meets up with Old Stage Road, and cars can now access the path, although there isn't much traffic even in summer. The climb continues for several more miles, crossing FS Road 381 several other roads and unmarked trails.
At mile 14, Forest Service Road 379 leads to Foresters Trail / Jones #701, which will be on your right at the end of the trail, with access also to Nelson's Trail (672) and Pipeline Trail #668.
The road continues on to Cripple Creek, with access to other roads and trails.
Land Manager: USFS - Pike & San Isabel National Forests Office