Hike Up Chase Gulch

Chase Gulch Gate
Chase Gulch Gate

This post describes how to hike up Chase Gulch in BlackHawk Colorado to reach the Gilpin Gold Tram roadbed.

*** Warning *** These photos are several years old and things may have changed regarding access to this hike. The City of Blackhawk is planning an official parking area and short walk to reach this area but I don’t think it’s operational yet. Don’t park on the road.

Maps

Chase Gulch Street Map
Chase Gulch Street Map

This is a google map screenshot that illustrates how to find the parking spot. Turn on to Chase St. from 119. Drive up Chase St. until it ends (see pictures below). On the map you see a road called “Old Tram Road” but this is nothing but an old mule trail and there is a gate that prevents you from driving there. The highlighted area in yellow is the Gilpin roadbed higher up on the hill.

Chase Gulch Gilpin Map
Chase Gulch Gilpin Map

This is a portion of a historical map that illustrates the Gilpin Gold Tram right of way. The brown highlight is Chase St. and ends approximately where you park. The yellow highlight is the actual Gilpin roadbed higher up on the hill.

Chase Gulch Parking
Chase Gulch Parking

You drive up Chase St. until you get to here and there is a small area you can pull off and park. Only room for one vehicle and don’t park on the street. From here you can start walking up the road.

Hike

Chase Gulch Gate
Chase Gulch Gate

You quickly come to this gate. There’s a sign with all the things you can’t do but hiking isn’t one of them. Keep going past the gate.

Mule Path
Mule Path

As you hike up the gulch you get nice views of the rock work holding up the Gilpin roadbed above you. It’s amazing when you realize these rocks were hand laid in the 1880’s and still “rock” solid.

Back Track Up
Back Track Up

Eventually you will get to a trail that cuts back and steeply up the hill. This will lead you to the roadbed. If it’s too steep for you or you miss it, don’t worry, you can keep hiking up the gulch and you will get to Castle Rock at which point you can pick up the right-of-way. Either way is fun.

Road Bed 1
Road Bed 1

Once you climb up the steep cut back you will get to the Gilpin roadbed. We started walking south which takes you back towards Blackhawk and Rt. 119. The rock work is stunning in how well it has stood the test of time. Some sections look like they just took up the track yesterday.

Road Bed 2
Road Bed 2

More rock work and road bed. Thats Chase St. below and to the right.

Road Bed 3
Road Bed 3

Gets a little rougher here.

Road Bed 4
Road Bed 4

Another look down to Chase St. and you can see the Blackhawk Casino’s in the distance.

And Finally…

Thanks for visiting my site and traveling along with us on the Gilpin Gold Tram right of way using the Millsite Trail. For more information on modeling the Gilpin check out these posts.

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