Last trip: 08/22/15
Trail Difficulty Rating: 3-4 (What is this?)
County: Gilpin and Clear Creek County
Arapaho National Forest, CC Ranger District
Forest service road: 175.1
Total Trail miles: 3.8 Miles
Time: Allow 1hour 30mins to travel one way
Trail Elevation: Start 9,954ft End 10,367ft
Trail Type: Straight Through (What is this?)
Near By trails: Fall River Reservoir, Chinns Lake, Cumberland Gulch
Near by Towns: Idaho Springs, Alice
Trailhead GPS coordinates: 39.8222N, 105.5795W
Trail end GPS coordinates: 39.8239N, 105.6390W
Yankee Hill climbs up off of York Gulch and brings you up and over to Alice, it is not the quick way to Alice from Fall River Rd., but it is the more fun and substantially more scenic. Yankee Hill can be run from either direction, and in this instance we ran it from Alice to York Gulch, but the trail report has been written from York gulch to Alice as that is the direction I recommend running this particular trial.
A few things happened today that I thought were both cool and annoying. First Zach and I were able to talk to another random trail traveler with our CB radios! it was short and didn't result in any life changing conversation, but it was pretty neat. The other thing that happened was that a few jeeps passed us and failed to observe some basic trail etiquette. I will be writing up a page with basic trail etiquette and rules that every 4 wheeler should know. On that note I did notice that multiple ATV and side-by-side groups used exceptional trail etiquette.
Lets get started, shortly after the trailhead .8 miles to be exact is where the trail crux can be found. It is the largest rocks and offers the most suspension flexing. With the right line and perhaps a spotter it can be navigated without damage or too much trouble.
Just after the crux section about 1.6 miles up the trail there are a few play areas and optional obstacles that I recommend you try and test you and your vehicles limits. That being said, if you are not comfortable with these obstacles do not try and drive beyond your skill set. Make sure you are wheeling with a buddy if you are going to try something that may leave you stranded if it all goes wrong.
2.5 Miles into the trail you will run into the top of the Cumberland Gulch trail.
I-70 to Fall RIver Rd. 1 Mile up Fall River Road to York gulch, follow York Gulch to the trail markers for 175.1, lock it in and enjoy!