Turner Gulch Road
Park County, Colorado
Pike National Forest
South Park Ranger District
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County Roads: 23, 23A
Trail Type: Straight Through
Nearby Towns: Tarryall, Jefferson, Woodland Park
Nearby Trails: China Wall, Goose Creek Road, La Salle Pass
Season: Year Round
Trail Length: 19.2 miles
Elevation: 8,876 to 9,792 feet
This easy county road runs mostly north-south between Tarryall Reservoir at the north end and highway 24 at the south end just east of the town of Hartsel and the intersection with highway 9. It runs along the western base of the Puma Hills, providing some amazing views of the surrounding mountain ranges.
If you start at the northern end, the trailhead is very easy to find. It is the road at the southern end of Tarryall Reservoir. There are a view spurs off of the road at first that take you up to the shore, and these are great places for lunch.
The trail twists and turns a bit as you get past the water, and then it turns south. The road is always easy to find and it always follows county road 23 until the very end. There are a few side roads up into the hills just east of the trail, but stay on the main road to stay on Turner Gulch Road.
You'll soon see the pointy-but-wide Schoolmarm Mountain near the road and then the road turns a bit west go go around the peaks of Rishaberger Mountain. You'll come to a "T" intersection on the south side of the range. Turn left to continue to follow the road and it soon turns straight south on an easy farm road. Take 23A to follow Turner Gulch Road, or simply take 23 straight south to hit highway 24 at the end of the trail.
Information last updated on March 5th, 2016.
From Denver, take Highway 285 to the other side of Kenosha Pass, and then turn left on county road 77 at Jefferson (the last gas station is here). Find the trailhead at the road on the south side of Tarryall Reservoir.
If you are coming from Colorado Springs it would probably make more sense to run the trail in the opposite direction. Take highway 24 west over Wilkerson Pass to find the end of Turner Gulch Road as you leave the mountain range.
Meet at the Loaf 'N Jug in Conifer or the Walmart in Woodland Park.