Fireman's Hill  
USGS 7.5' Map: Boulder, Lyons
Difficulty: Number: Miles: Altitude: Obstacles: Time:
Moderate 7 FR286D 2.0 7700 ft. Rock - 2 1-2 hours
County: Boulder
Adopted by: Trailridge Runners 4WD Club P.O. Box 1716, Longmont, CO 80502  
Managed by: Roosevelt National Forest,
Boulder Ranger District
2140 Yarmouth Ave.
Boulder, CO 80301
Summary: Fireman Hill is a side loop off of Lefthand Canyon Main, FR286, that leaves 5 points and climbs to the top of a ridge above Spruce Gulch. It affords views of the front range cities before looping back to connect with Lefthand Canyon Main at its terminus.
Attractions: Steep Switchbacks, Rock Steps
Open all year. Closed by heavy snows.
Best Time: June - Best, unless muddy
July - Best
August - Best, unless heavy rains
September - Best
October - Best, unless early snows
Trail Heads
Spruce Gulch Trail FT836 - Motorcycle (less than 50 inches)
Cavanaugh's Trail FT838 - Motorcycle (less than 50 inches)
Saddle Trail West FT841 - Motorcycle (less than 50 inches)
Camping: There are a few dispersed sites near the east end at 5 Points as well as sites at the top of the ridge above Spruce Gulch.
Base Camp: Not a good area to base camp.
Fall Colors: Poor - No Aspen in the area.
Navigation: From Boulder take Hwy 36 north to Altona. Head west on County Road 94 for about 4 miles. You will pass Buckingham Park where Old Stage Road ties in with County Road 94. Continue west on County Road 94 to the Lefthand Canyon OHV network parking lot. Take the Lefthand Canyon Main 4WD road to 5 Points. Just past the information kiosk head down hill and back east to start Fireman's Hill.
History: Fireman's Hill was a fire road used to fight the hand full of fires that have happened on Spruce Gulch Ridge.
Note: The following description is for the Fireman Hill 4WD road before the 2013 Flood. The lower section of this road, where the description begins, has some ruts due to the flood. Presently the whole Lefthand Canyon OHV Network, including Castle Gulch, is in the process of a new Forest Service Area Plan Analysis, to begin in 2016.

From 5 Points on the Lefthand Canyon Main road Fireman's Hill drops down into a shallow gulch before climbing back out heading north up the side of Spruce Gulch Ridge. As the 4WD road climbs it makes five switchbacks to gain the top of the ridge. Fireman's Hill heads northwest now along the top of Spruce Gulch Ridge. There are two rock ledges to climb as the 4WD road continues up the ridge heading for some trees. Just as you enter the trees Fairview View, FR286H, takes off to the right. At the top of the ridge there are a few dispersed campsites where Fairview View ties back into Fireman's Hill. From here is a short drop down to the kiosk there Lefthand Canyon Main intersects with the end of Fireman's Hill.
Data updated April 23, 2015       4WD Road driven August 21, 2009       Copyright - 2000-2015