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Colorado Gulch Road
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Status: Closed
Difficulty: Intermediate
Uses: Mt Biking & Hiking & Equestrian & Motorcycle
Length: 4.15 miles
Start: 5,272'
End: 5,420'
Min: 5,258'
Max: 6,278'
Gain: 1,255'
Loss: -1,106'
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Current Conditions
Temperature at 12:00PM (Feb 17th): 33.4° F
Min temperature in last 24-hours: 13.8° F
Max temperature in last 24-hours: 33.8° F
New Snow last 12 hours: 0". New Snow last 24 hours: 0".
Description / Access Information
Colorado Gulch Road: The only access is from Croy Canyon Road side. The access off of Broadford Rd. is not accessible due to the bridge extraction. The Colorado Gulch Road is kind of steep in some areas, so its mostly used by hikers, dog walkers, and runners. Parts are shady and parts are out in the open. The road passes remains of past mining booms and other things from the past and present.

It is possible to make steep ascents of Della Mtn. by climbing the ridges that face the Big Wood River.  The Snoose Mine, and several others, operated in the canyon through the mid 1940s.  Explore at your own risk!  Hikers can make any number of loops including an off-trail traverse over Pk. 7158 with stunning views of the south valley.

Colorado Gulch West Road (1.5 miles, 859 feet, L-11%, U-20%, M-23%):  (accessed off Croy Canyon road) This is a short steep route to the saddle with a .5 mile steep upper leg capped by a 23% crux. Cross over and down Colorado Gulch past the abandoned Snoose Mine, or put on your hiking shoes and traverse the headwall over Peak. 7158 to the Star Gulch saddle.

South Valley Dirt Roads:
  Prior to the construction of the new trails in Croy Canyon, mountain bikers pedaled up and down the local mining roads which follow a pattern of starting on a gentle 5-6% grade and then steepening rapidly into a very challenging ride.  I have provided grade information for the lower leg (L), upper leg (U), and max pitch (M) of each road.  For example:  (L-5%, U-13%, M-19%).  For comparison, the Galena Summit grade is 5%.  These mining roads provide longer and steeper climbs than offered by the new trails and often pass through interesting mining history along the way.  Consider carrying hiking shoes in a small day-pack to access some great off-trail ridgeline hikes.

For more detailed descriptions, topo maps, and information on the history, geology, and wildflowers of the Wood River Valley pick up a copy of 
Exploring Sun Valley online or find it at one of several local shops.
Near summit of Colorado Gulch Road
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