5 miles
660 ft
-3,707 ft
2 miles
High Point
Trail Supporters, Builders & Maintainers of Boulder Gulch Trail
  • BLM
    Land Manager

Boulder Gulch Trail Details

  • Riding area
    Silverton, Colorado
  • Difficulty rating
  • Trail type
  • Bike type
  • Trail Usage
    Biking Primary
  • Direction
    Both Directions
    Popular direction shown
  • Climb Difficulty
    Double Black Diamond
  • Global Ranking

This is a hardcore alpine adventure ride. Not to be taken lightly because of the remoteness, elevation, and exposure to lightning. Usually done as shuttle from velocity basin.

Its a little tricky find the best route up out of velocity but after leaving the basin it gets better. Steep climbing is the name of the game with some hike a bike. If it looks like dark clouds are moving in, get the hell down, lightning strikes are very common up here.

The top part of the descent is mainly natural wildflower meadows with the occasional rock carin to look out for. About 1/3 down, the trail is more defined. The last 1/3 of the trail is well established, fast, and flowy.

Makes for a long/ steep out and back from the Animas River side.

Don't trespass down into the mine property below the bottom creek crossing. Stay high and follow a road back to the edge of Silverton.

Local Trail Association
More Stats for Boulder Gulch Trail mountain bike trail
  • Altitude change
    -3,047 ft
  • Altitude min
    9,511 ft
  • Altitude start
    12,559 ft
  • Altitude end
    9,511 ft
  • Grade
  • Grade max
  • Grade min
  • Distance climb
    4,751 ft
  • Distance down
    4 miles
  • Distance flat
    841 ft
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Trail Conditions
  • Unknown
  • Snow Packed
  • Snow Covered
  • Freeze/thaw Cycle
  • Icy
  • Prevalent Mud
  • Wet
  • Variable
  • Dry
  • Very Dry
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