Ruby Gulch  
USGS 7.5' Map: Ward
Difficulty: Number: Miles: Altitude: Obstacles: Time:
Easy 1 FR328 2.68 9,074 ft. None 1/2 hour
County: Boulder
Adopted by:      
Managed by: Roosevelt National Forest, Boulder Ranger District 2140 Yarmouth, Boulder, CO 80301 (303)541-2500
Summary: Ruby Gulch is a small network of roads off of Highway 72 between Nederland and Ward, mainly used to camp.
Attractions: Camping
Agency - December 1 to May 14.
Best Time: June - May be open unless heavy snows
July - Best
August - Best
September - Best
October - Best
Trail Heads
Fourmile Creek, FT846 - Hike, Equestrian, Mountain Bike.
Camping: There are many dispersed campsites along the Ruby Gulch network of roads.
Base Camp: Good area to base camp to explore other 4WD roads to the west.
Fall Colors: Poor - Mainly pine forest.
Navigation: From Ward, CO. head north on Utica Street toward Modoc Street for 0.4 miles. Continue onto Nelson Street for 394 feet. Turn left onto CO-72 E and go 3.7 miles. Turn left onto Ruby Gulch FR328.1A.

From Nederland, CO. head north on North Bridge Street for 249 feet. At the traffic circle, take the 4th exit onto West 2nd Street and go 0.3 miles. Continue onto CO-72 W/Caribou Street and go 7.5 miles. Turn right onto Ruby Gulch FR328.
History: The Peak to Peak Highway, HWY72, was built in 1918. From the topo map view of the Ruby Gulch network of roads it looks like they were the original highway before the Peak to Peak highway was upgraded, removing the many curves needed to cross Fourmile Creek.
Starting from the south access of FR328, you will leave Hwy 72 and head into the forest above Fourmile Creek. Immediately you will come to an intersection. The road on the left is FR328.1A, which heads back to Hwy 72 passing one dispersed campsite on the left. The right is FR328 which will head down into an open area. You will come to another intersection with FR328.1B on the left. This road will head up a bit of a hill and come to another intersection. The left here is FR328.1E which goes into the trees to a campsite. The right stays FR328.1B and also ends at a campsite in the trees. Back in the open area at the intersection, the right is FR328 which heads down the gulch. Shortly you will come to another intersection. On the right is FR328.1F which heads into the trees to a campsite. Stay left and you will come to another intersection. The left is FR328.1C which heads back into the trees to another campsite. Stay right and continue to the next intersection. The left here is FR328.1D which goes 0.18 miles to a turn around. This is the parking spot for FT846, Fourmile Creek Trail. Back at the intersection the right is FR328 which will head down to Fourmile Creek and make a curve around a low ridge, then start to follow Fourmile Creek. Where the road heads west is the end of the Forest Service route as the road crosses onto mine claims. The road will continue to another intersection. The right is a two track that ends below Hwy 72 where Fourmile Creek crosses under it. The left will loop around to the south and pass a large open area that has been used as a campsite.

Data updated - April 6, 2022     4WD Road driven - August 6, 2006     Copyright - 2000-2022