Slane Gulch  
Maps:        
USGS 7.5' Map: North Pass
Statistics:
Difficulty: Number: Miles: Altitude: Obstacles: Time:
Easy 2 FR816 2.17 9,600 to 10,000 ft. NA 1 hour
County: Gunnison
Adopted by:      
Managed by: Gunnison NF, Gunnison Ranger District 216 N. Colorado, Gunnison, CO 81230 (970)641-0471
Summary: Slane Gulch is a short Y section of road near North Pass on Hwy 114.
Attractions:  
Seasonal
Closure:
Agency - Closed March 1 to May 26
Best Time: June - May run into snow drifts
July - Best
August - Best
September - Best
October - Early snows may close the road
Trail Heads  
Camping: There are no dispersed campsites along Slane Gulch.
Base Camp: This would be a good area to base camp and explore the roads around the Cochetopa Dome.
Fall Colors: Poor - Most of the forest is pine.
Navigation: From Saguache, CO. head west on CO-114 W/Gunnison Ave toward 9th Street. Continue to follow CO-114 W for 32.0 miles. Turn right onto the Slane Gulch road at the large parking area.

From Gunnison, CO. head east on US-50 E/E Tomichi Ave toward N Iowa Street. Continue to follow US-50 E for 8.1 miles. Turn right onto CO-114 E and go 29.6 miles. Turn left onto the Slane Gulch road at the large parking area.
History:  
Description:
From Hwy114 the Slane Gulch road starts opposite a long parking area. The road will go through a gate and then follow Slane Creek. The road is a two track that will come to a large "Y" where the left is the main road that continues up Slane Gulch. The right is the spur road FR816.1A which follows a side drainage. It will run through some open meadows and then head into the forest where it will cross a saddle and then drop down another drainage. The spur will then head down to connect with the Lujan, FR735, road.
East end of Slane Gulch spur

photo by:
Adam M

Upper part of Slane Gulch spur

photo by:
Adam M

Staying with the main road that follows Slane Gulch you will continue on a two track up the gulch. The open gulch will close up toward the top as you enter the forest.
Slane Gulch road

photo by:
Adam M

After climbing through the forest for about a half mile you will top out at saddle that opens into a narrow meadow. The road continues down this meadow, but is part of the Samora Gulch, FR874, road system.
Top of Slane Gulch

photo by:
Adam M

Data updated - November 20, 2019       4WD Road driven - September 1, 2019       Copyright 4X4Explore.com - 2000-2019