2.0 miles
Distance
-1,195 ft
Descent
00:28:07
Avg time

Pennsylvania Gulch Details

  • Activities
    • Mountain Bike
    • E-Bike
    • Hike
    • Trail Running
  • Riding Area
    Gold Hill
    Nederland, Colorado
  • Difficulty Rating
  • Trail Type
    Dirt/Gravel Road
  • Bike Type
    Adaptive MTB, Gravel
  • Direction
    Both Directions
  • Climb Difficulty
    Double Black Diamond
  • Physical Rating
    Extreme
  • Dogs Allowed
    Yes
  • eBike Allowed
    Yes up to Class 3
  • Global Ranking
    #160848 in Mountain Biking [+]
    • #70385 in Trail Running
  • Local Popularity
    60 in Mountain Biking [+]
    • 60 in E-Biking
    • 60 in Trail Running
    • 60 in Hiking
  • Land Manager
    Boulder Ranger District

Pennsylvania Gulch is a steep and technical alternative to the southern half of the Switzerland Trail. Or, it can be used to make a loop with the southern half.

The upper section is mild dirt road (please observe side spurs that are posted no trespassing). The lower section, however, is steep, loose, and rocky OHV road. I can't recommend this trail in the uphill direction, but the downhill direction is a good exercise in keeping it together.

Halfway down, give your brake rotors a chance to cool off by checking out the abandoned mine ruins.

Local Trail Association
Traditionally Indigenous Territory
More Stats for Pennsylvania Gulch mountain bike trail trail
  • Altitude change
    -1,195 ft
  • Altitude min
    7,790 ft
  • Altitude max
    8,986 ft
  • Altitude start
    8,985 ft
  • Altitude end
    7,789 ft
  • Grade
    -11.4%
  • Grade max
    -44.3%
  • Grade min
    0.4%
  • Distance climb
    433 ft
  • Distance down
    2 miles
  • Distance flat
    653 ft
  • Avg time
    00:28:07
  • Avg reverse time
    01:00:14
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      Pennsylvania Gulch Trail Reports

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      Aug 25, 2021 @ 4:37pm
      Aug 25, 2021
      Water runs down it for better than half a mile (when everything else in the area is dry) but a fast challenging descent.
      Nov 20, 2020 @ 6:01pm
      Nov 20, 2020
      reporter Trail is open. If you ride, please update conditions.
      Nov 10, 2020 @ 12:01am
      Nov 10, 2020
      reporter Trail is open. If you ride, please update conditions.
      Nov 10, 2020 @ 12:00am
      Nov 10, 2020
      reporter Trail is open. If you ride, please update conditions.
      Nov 9, 2020 @ 1:23pm
      Nov 9, 2020
      reporter Trail will open 11/10
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      • 39 miles avg distance
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      Jun 2, 2019 @ 2:24pm
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