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Russell Gulch Motorized Trail

Beginning Elevation: 7,180 Feet (2238.2 Meters) Sprucewood
Difficulty: Intermediate to Expert
Elevation Gain: 940 Feet (293.0 Meters)
Ending Elevation: 6,240 Feet (1945.1 Meters) junction with County Road 97
Length, One-way: 6.5 Miles (10.83 Kilometers)
Other Maps: Trails Illustrated 135, Pike National Forest
Recommended Season: Fall
Trail Number: 693
Usage: Moderate
USGS Map: Devils Head, Deckers, Platte Canyon

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General Description

The Russell Gulch Trail, #693, leads north 6.5 miles from Sprucewood. It passes over Bear Mountain and through Russell Gulch to County Road 97 and the Platte River. The Forest Service rates this trail for intermediate to expert ability levels.

The National Forest Service challenges all off-highway vehicle (OHV) users to TREAD LIGHTLY on public lands. The Tread Lightly program educates and informs forest users on how to enjoy recreation opportunities without damaging resources or negatively affecting others enjoyment of public lands. Potential damage to our natural environment is intensified due to increasing popularity of OHVs. (This category of vehicles includes 4 WD, ATVs, dirt bikes, mountain bikes and snowmobiles.) TREAD LIGHTLY was created to curb damage to soil, water, wildlife, visual and solitude components on the forest. For more information contact any Ranger District Office.

Directions from Deckers: Drive north on Highway 67 to Oxyoke where the highway makes a sharp right. Follow Highway 67 to the right. Continue on this road for at least 8.5 more miles to Sprucewood. Trail 693 meets Highway 67 and Forest Road 515 at the Sprucewood intersection. Trail 693 leads northwest from this intersection.

Seasonal Information:
Normally Open: Year-round .

Current Conditions & Trip Reports

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Filed By: Robert
Difficulty: Moderate
Number of People Encountered: 0-10 ppl
Recommend to a Friend: Highly
Report: I love this trail. Probably the best in Rampart Range. It does get a little nasty at the end but other than that is is pretty moderate. There is a creek bed you must ride through for about a mile in the middle of the trail. It is filled with large wet rocks perfect for smashing feet and breaking ankles, so wear your boots!

Recreation Opportunities
Activity Remarks On Site
ICON Hiking & Walking Russell Gulch Trail
ICON Horseback Riding Russell Gulch Trail
ICON Mountain Biking Russell Gulch Trail
ICON ATV Riding Russell Gulch Trail
ICON Motorcycle Riding Russell Gulch Trail
ICON Snowmobiling Russell Gulch Trail

Related Activities
Bar Motorized Trail - The Bar Trail is 4 miles long with an intermediate level of difficulty. It is the most popular and most heavily used motorized trail in the Rampart Range Area.

Bear Creek Motorized Trail - Bear Creek Motorized Trail forms a 7 mile loop from its intersection with Russell Gulch Motorized Trail. It connects with the Colorado Trail in the northern section of the loop so riders should use extra caution.

More Information

Visitor Information:

South Platte Ranger District, U.S. Forest Service, 19316 Goddard Ranch Ct. , Morrison, CO, 80465, Phone: 303-275-5610


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