Mother Hill  
USGS 7.5' Map: Boulder
Difficulty: Number: Miles: Altitude: Obstacles: Time:
Difficult 8 FR286C 0.5 6600 ft. Rock - 4 2-4 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: Mother Hill is a short side route off of Lefthand Canyon Main. It is very steep with loose rock and two rock ledges on the east ascent, one rock outcrop on the west ascent.
Attractions: Steep incline. Large rock ledges.
Closed by heavy snows. South facing, snows melt off during warm winter days.
Best Time: June - Best
July - Best
August - Best, unless heavy rains
September - Best
October - Possible early snows can close the road
Trail Heads
Bauman's Ridge Trail FT844 - Motorcycle (less than 50 inches)
Wiltz's Trail Spur FT843B - Motorcycle (less than 50 inches)
Camping: There are no dispersed camp sites on Mother Hill.
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 Lefthand Canyon Main 4WD road about 1/2 mile to where Mother Hill takes off to the right.
History: Mother Hill is most likely an old fire road used to reach the top of the ridge, similar to nearby Fireman Hill.
Note: The following description is for the Mother Hill 4WD road before the 2013 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.

The southern end of Mother Hill leaves Lefthand Canyon Main just past the secon switchback. Shortly it begins the steep climb requiring you to get over three rock outcroppings before reaching the top of the ridge. Each outcropping is more difficult thand the previous. Once on top you will pass the intersection with Bauman's Ridge Trail FT844. The short section of Mother Hill that traverses the ridge is not difficult. At the north end you will have to descent a very steep switchback with a steep rock outcrop at the bottom where you will connect back into Lefthand Canyon Main.
Data updated April 23, 2015       4WD Road driven October 23, 2010       Copyright - 2000-2015