Rarus Triangle  
USGS 7.5' Map: Central City
Difficulty: Number: Miles: Altitude: Obstacles: Time:
Easy 1 FR273.2 2.17 9,360 to 9,480 ft. NA 1-2 hours
County: Clear Creek
Adopted by:      
Managed by: Arapaho and Roosevelt National Forest,
Clear Creek Ranger District
101 Chicago Creek Road
P.O. Box 3307
Idaho Springs, CO 80452
Summary: The Rarus Triangle Road is a short connector road from York Gulch and the Mount Pisgah area to Nevadaville and Central City.
Natural - Closed by heavy snows.
Best Time: June - Best
July - Best
August - Best
September - Best
October - Possible early snows
Trail Heads
Camping: There is one are on a spur road that has dispersed camping.
Base Camp: This would be a good area to base camp to explore the 4WD roads from Kingston Peak to Central City.
Fall Colors: Poor - Mostly pine forest.
Navigation: From Idaho Springs, I-70 exit 240, head west on I-70 for 1.8 miles. Take exit 238 toward Fall River Road and go 0.3 miles. Turn right onto Fall River Road and go 1.0 mile. Turn right onto York Gulch Road and go 0.8 miles. Turn left to stay on York Gulch Road and go 2.0 miles. Turn right onto Rarus Triangle road (aka Bald Mountain Lane).

From Central City, CO head east on Lawrence Street toward Spring Street. Lawrence Street turns right and becomes Spring Street. Go 0.1 miles and continue onto Central City Pkwy/Nevada Street for 0.3 miles. Turn right onto Nevadaville Road and go 1.8 miles. Nevadaville Road turns right and becomes Bald Mountain Road/King Flats Road. Go 0.3 miles and then take a sharp left onto the Rarus Triangle road (aka Bald Mountain Lane).
The Rarus Triangle road is a graded road that connects Central City with the head of York Gulch. There are quite a few private homes along York Gulch and the Kings Flat area by Central City. From the Kings Flat road west of Nevadaville, you will start the Rarus Triangle road and head west. Shortly you will come to a parking area on your right for the Bald Mountain Cemetery. The road will continue as a wide two track to the northwest, and then to the west as it loops around Bald Mountain. Next you will turn to the north as you cross the top of Eureka Gulch. In an open area the road will head back to the west. There will be a short spur road, FR273.2A, to the east that goes to some camping spots.

Shortly you will come to a "Y" in the road. The right will tie into the Yankee Hill Road, the left will also connect to the Yankee Hill Road, FR175, but it will be at a large intersection. At this intersection the right will start the Yankee Hill Road, going through the intersection you will be on the Hamlin Gulch road, FR273, taking the left will head you down York Gulch, which will connect with the Fall River Road which goes to Alice, or I-70 coming out just west of Idaho Springs.
Data updated - April 4, 2019      4WD Road driven - June 8, 2010      Copyright 4X4Explore.com - 2000-2019