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Hiking & Walking: Colorado > Grand Mesa, Uncompahgre and Gunnison National Forests > Taylor River Ranger District

Quick Facts

Washington Gulch Road

Beginning Elevation: 9,110 Feet (2777 Meters)
Difficulty: Easy to Moderate
Elevation Gain: 2,090 Feet (637 Meters)
Ending Elevation: 11,200 Feet (3414 Meters)
Length: 8.5 Miles (13.7 Kilometers) to Slate River Road
Other Maps: Trails Illustrated: 131, 133
Recommended Season: Summer to Fall
Road Number: 811
Usage: Heavy
USGS Maps: Gothic, Oh-Be-Joyful

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General Description

The Washington Gulch Road is usually passable by two-wheel drive vehicles for the first six miles. Although, when this road is wet it may become more difficult to navigate. The road starts relatively moderately gaining elevation, but begins to quickly gain elevation approximately six miles from Highway 135. The road follows Washington Gulch to the abandoned town of Elkton, which is considered the first settlement in the region. From Elkton Washington Gulch Road leads westward approximately two miles to intersect with the Slate River Road as it climbs Paradise Divide. This is a very scenic road. A good loop trip would be to combine this road and the Slate River Road.

Directions from Crested Butte: Travel north one and a half miles on Gothic Road to Washington Gulch Road.

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Recreation Opportunities
Activity Remarks On Site
ICON Dispersed Camping Washington Gulch Road
ICON Cross-country Skiing Washington Gulch Road
ICON Automobile Travel Washington Gulch Road
ICON History Elkton - abandoned mining community
ICON Four-Wheel Driving Washington Gulch Road
ICON Hiking & Walking Washington Gulch Trail
ICON Horseback Riding Washington Gulch Road
ICON Mountain Biking Washington Gulch Trail
ICON Motorcycle Riding Washington Gulch Road
ICON ATV Riding Washington Gulch Road
ICON Backcountry Skiing Washington Gulch Road
ICON Snowmobiling Washington Gulch Road
ICON Snowshoeing Washington Gulch Road
ICON Viewing Scenery Washington Gulch Road

Related Activities
Slate River Road #734 - This road follows Slate River and then continues to the White River National Forest.

Washington Gulch Trail - Washington Gulch Trail leads southeast from Gothic Road to Washington Gulch Road. This four and a half mile trail makes a short day hike if a car is available at each terminus.

Washington Gulch (winter) Trailhead - The Washington Gulch Winter Trailhead lies three and a half miles west of Highway 135 on Washington Gulch Road. This winter recreation site is used by many individuals pursuing many forms of winter recreation.

More Information

Visitor Information:

Gunnison National Forest, 216 North Colorado , Gunnison, CO, 81230, Phone: 970-641-0471


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