Warden Gulch  
Maps:          
USGS 7.5' Map: Montezuma
Statistics:
Difficulty: Number: Miles: Altitude: Obstacles: Time:
Easy 3 FR 265 2.00 10,420 to 11,880 ft. NA 1-2 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: Warden Gulch climbs up to a basin below Morgan Peak.
Attractions: Scenery
Seasonal
Closure:
Agency - November 23 to May 20
Best Time: June - Snow may still block the gulch
July - Best
August - Best
September - Best
October - Early snow possible
Trail Heads
Accessed:
Morgan Gulch, FT9144 - Hiking, Bike, Equestrian
Camping: There are a few dispersed campsites along the road.
Base Camp: This would be a good area to base camp with Peru Creek FR260, Chihuahua Gulch FR263, and Cinnamon Gulch FR262.
Fall Colors: Poor - Mostly pine forest.
Navigation: From Keystone, CO head east on US-6 E for 0.1 miles. Take the Montezuma Road exit and go 0.2 miles. Continue onto Montezuma Road for 4.4 miles. Turn left onto County Road 260 and go 2.1 miles. Turn right on the Warden Gulch road.
History:  
Description:
Warden Gulch road starts almost opposite of the Chihuahua Gulch, FR263, 4WD road. It leaves the Peru Creek, FR260, road and immediately crosses Peru Creek. The road passes a few dispersed campsites near the creek and then becomes a two track and heads into the forest. After doing two switchbacks the road will cross a small opening in the forest.

Middle section

photo by:
Adam M

Once more the road will head into the forest, but then after a short distance it will come out into an opening below the norther side of Santa Fe Peak.

Upper section

photo by:
Adam M

The road will now do two wide sweeping switchbacks and finally climb above timberline before ending at the tailings of the Allam Emory Mine.

Upper section

photo by:
Adam M

Data updated - January 11, 2019    4WD Road driven - July 3, 2003    Copyright 4X4Explore.com - 2000-2019