Chinamens Gulch


The Chinamen's Gulch Trail is located a little over 4 miles SSE of Buena Vista, CO (which is on US Hwy 285, about 70 miles West of Colorado Springs). To get to the trailhead from Buena Vista, take US 285 South 2.4 miles. Turn left (East) on US 24 and go 0.9 miles. Turn right (South) on CO 301 and go 1.6 miles. Immediately after passing the "Prison Property" signs on either side of the road, turn left, go through the wire gate, and through the fenced corridor. After going through the second gate, there’s lots of room to air down and get ready for the trail. Ranging in elevation from 8,000 feet to less than 9,000 feet, this is a relatively "flat" trail by Colorado standards, with a variety of scenery. Rock hunters will be amazed at the amount and types of quartz crystals to be seen on the way in (and out) between waypoints CG04 and CG06. At waypoint CG08, there’s a rock pile on the right to "play" on. The main obstacle is between waypoints CG09 and CG10. There’s a 4+ foot boulder wall to climb; the left side being at the most extreme angle. Don’t be fooled here, none of the approaches are easy! Even though the right side is much less steep, it’s still challenging. If you take the right fork at waypoint CG13, you will come upon some mine ruins. This is a nice open, flat spot with some shade to stop for lunch. It’s also "off" of the main trail, so you won’t block other groups. Between waypoints CG19 and CG23, there’s some discussion as to whether any of this portion of this loop encroaches on private land. As long as you are "treading lightly", you probably won’t encounter any problems. However, if you would rather bypass this section of the trail, just take a left at waypoint CG19 and it will dump you out at waypoint CG07. The Chinamen’s Gulch Trail is a little over 7.5 miles round trip and takes between 3 hours to 4 hours to complete.

Difficulty Rating:  Two (2) Moderate
(based on my personal rating scale on the Trails Page)

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Here are a couple shots from the Chinamen's Gulch Trail.  On the left, webe-rockclimbin; Jeep Style!
On the right is some of the spectacular scenery you will see on this trail.

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Cumm. Dist.






N38° 47.54’

W106° 5.71’



0.50 mi

0.50 mi

91° (E)

N38° 47.53’

W106° 5.15’



0.24 mi

0.74 mi

8° (N)

N38° 47.73’

W106° 5.11’



0.07 mi

0.81 mi

138° (SE)

N38° 47.69’

W106° 5.06’



0.54 mi

1.35 mi

88° (E)

N38° 47.70’

W106° 4.46’



0.60 mi

1.94 mi

336° (NNW)

N38° 48.17’

W106° 4.73’



0.07 mi

2.01 mi

40° (NE)

N38° 48.22’

W106° 4.69’



0.28 mi

2.29 mi

116° (ESE)

N38° 48.11’

W106° 4.41’



0.41 mi

2.70 mi

128° (SE)

N38° 47.89’

W106° 4.04’



0.24 mi

2.95 mi

87° (E)

N38° 47.90’

W106° 3.78’



0.18 mi

3.13 mi

116° (ESE)

N38° 47.83’

W106° 3.60’



0.27 mi

3.40 mi

79° (E)

N38° 47.88’

W106° 3.29’



0.30 mi

3.70 mi

23° (NNE)

N38° 48.12’

W106° 3.17’



0.45 mi

4.15 mi

294° (WNW)

N38° 48.28’

W106° 3.63’



0.17 mi

4.32 mi

324° (NW)

N38° 48.40’

W106° 3.74’



0.18 mi

4.50 mi

228° (SW)

N38° 48.29’

W106° 3.89’



0.30 mi

4.81 mi

272° (W)

N38° 48.30’

W106° 4.22’



0.11 mi

4.92 mi

228° (SW)

N38° 48.23’

W106° 4.32’



0.31 mi

5.22 mi

282° (W)

N38° 48.29’

W106° 4.65’



0.15 mi

5.38 mi

353° (SW)

N38° 48.42’

W106° 4.67’



0.29 mi

5.67 mi

305° (NW)

N38° 48.57’

W106° 4.94’



0.22 mi

5.89 mi

171° (S)

N38° 48.38’

W106° 4.90’



0.26 mi

6.15 mi

135° (SE)

N38° 48.22’

W106° 4.69’



0.07 mi

6.21 mi

216° (SW)

N38° 48.17’

W106° 4.74’



0.59 mi

6.81 mi

156° (SSE)

N38° 47.71’

W106° 4.47’



0.54 mi

7.35 mi

268° (W)

N38° 47.69’

W106° 5.07’



0.07 mi

7.42 mi

323° (NW)

N38° 47.74’

W106° 5.12’



0.24 mi

7.66 mi

187° (S)

N38° 47.53’

W106° 5.15’

Notice: Off-highway travel is by its very nature potentially dangerous and could result in property damage, injury, or even death.  If you drive any of the trails on this web site, you acknowledge these risks and assume full responsibility.  You are the final judge as to whether a trail is safe to drive, whether your vehicle is capable of the journey, and whether your skills are up to the challenge.  The publisher of this web site disclaims any and all liability for property damage, bodily injury, or death that could occur to you or any of your passengers.  To the best of my knowledge, the information contained on this page was accurate as of the time I road this trail during the Summer 2000.   However, things change over time.  And portions of this trail may no longer be legally accessible to motorized vehicles.  Therefore, please be good stewards of our sport--always stay on designated trails . . . and always, always remember to Tread Lightly!

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