Garibaldi Gulch  
Maps:          
USGS 7.5' Map: Keystone
Statistics:
Difficulty: Number: Miles: Altitude: Obstacles: Time:
Moderate 5 FR 356 2.50 10,520 to 12,600 ft. Hill Climb - 2 3-4 hours
County: Summit
Adopted by:      
Managed by: White River National Forest
Dillon Ranger District
680 Blue River Parkway
Silverthorne, CO 80498
970-468-5400
Summary: Garibaldi Gulch 4WD road connects the North Fork of the Swan River 4WD road, FR354, with the Sts. John 4WD road, FR275. It crosses Wise Mountain with views of Breckenridge and then climbs to the top of a large flat plateau where it connects with Sts. John 4WD road.
Attractions: Mining, History
Seasonal
Closure:
Agency - November 23 to May 20
Best Time: June - Snow may still cover upper sections
July - Best
August - Best
September - Best
October - Possible early snows
Trail Heads
Accessed:
 
Camping: There are no dispersed campsites. Most of Garibaldi Gulch is above timberline, the rest is along a steep gulch down to the Middle Fork of the Swan river.
Base Camp: This would be a good area to base camp with Georgia Pass FR355, Glacier Ridge FR258, Boreas Pass Cnty 10, North Fork of the Swan FR354, Middle Fort of the Swan FR354, Saints John FR275, and the Golden Horseshoe network.
Fall Colors: Poor- The road is above timberline and through a pine forest.
Navigation: From Breckenridge, CO head north on North Main Street toward Wellington Road. After 0.6 miles, at the traffic circle, take the first exit onto Colorado Hwy 9 North / Main Street. Continue to follow Colorado Hwy 9 North for 2.9 miles. Turn right onto County Rd 6 / Tiger Road and go 5.7 miles. Turn left on the North Fork of the Swan road and go 2.2 miles. Turn right and cross the North Fork of the Swan to start the Garibaldi 4WD road.

From Frisco, CO. head south on Colorado Hwy 9 / Summit Blvd toward Granite Street. Continue to follow Colorado Hwy 9 for 5.6 miles. Turn left onto County Rd 6 / Tiger Road and go 5.7 miles. Turn left onto North Fork Swan Road and go 2.2 miles. Turn right and cross the North Fork of the Swan to start the Garibaldi 4WD road.
History:  
Description:
After driving half way up North Fork of the Swan 4WD road there will be an intersection to the right for Garibaldi Gulch, FR356. This is the western end of the 4WD road. It will start to climb out of the North Fork valley through dense trees.


Steep down hill (heading down not up as described)

photo by:
Adam Mehlberg

There will be steep sections that are cut with ruts from vehicle traffic. As you come out of the trees you will pass a large mine and its tailings on the left. Just after this the road will come to an intersection out in the open. The road to the right is a short spur road to the mine and cabin on Wise Mountain.


Wise Mtn. cabin/mine

photo by:
Adam Mehlberg

The left will head north east toward an imposing hill climb. There are two routes up, the left being less steep than the right. There will be some larger rocks to deal with as well. From here the road continues along the ridge coming to a steep down hill above the Middle Fork of the Swan River Valley. Again there will be some larger rocks and drop offs. Once down you will cross a large open area with cliffs to the right. Be on the look out for mountain sheep.


Mountain sheep

photo by:
Adam Mehlberg

At the next intersection Garibaldi Gulch 4WD road ends. To the left is Sts. John 4WD road, FR275, heading toward Montezuma. Straight ahead is also the Sts. John 4WD road that goes about a mile to its intersection with the Middle Fork of the Swan 4WD road, FR6.2.

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