Last trip: 08/22/15
Trail Difficulty Rating: 2-3 (What is this?)
County: Clear Creek
Arapaho National Forest, CC Ranger District
Forest service road: 271.1
Total Trail miles: 4.0 In and back out.
Time: Allow 45mins to travel one way
Trail Elevation: Low 9,806ft High 10,869ft
Trail Type: Network (What is this?)
Near By trails: Fall River Reservoir, Chinns Lake, Yankee Hill
Near by Towns: Idaho Springs, Alice
Trailhead GPS coordinates: 39.8043N, 105.6341W
Trail end GPS coordinates: 39.8262N, 105.6170W
Cumberland Gulch is a short fun trail that has a lot of loose rocks. A good steady throttle and just chugging up the hill its really not a very difficult trail. This trail absolutely defines the rule of, if you can do the first 1/4 mile of the trail you can finish the rest of the trail.
.9 miles form the start of the trail you will intersect Washoe Gulch, another steep trail that can be used to make this trail a loop.
Approximately 1.3 miles from the trailhead you will encounter the crux of the trail, but with proper tire placement and a little momentum its no problem.
1.7 miles into the trail you will start encountering a number of trail spurs that can be explored and most loop back to the main trail or you have to turn around and head back out to the main trail the way you came.
Head up I-70 to Fall River Rd, continue up Fall River Rd. 6.6 miles to the top of the second set of switchbacks and on your right is the trail head sign for Cumberland Gulch. Lock it in and have fun!