Samora Gulch  
USGS 7.5' Map: North Pass, Cochetopa Park, West Baldy
Difficulty: Number: Miles: Altitude: Obstacles: Time:
Easy 2 FR874 13.70 9,230 to 10,340 ft. NA 2-3 hours
County: Gunnison
Adopted by:      
Managed by: Gunnison NF, Gunnison Ranger District 216 N. Colorado, Gunnison, CO 81230 (970)641-0471
Summary: Samora Gulch road heads toward Razor Creek from near North Pass. It has three spur roads as part of its network.
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 is one dispersed camp site a short distance from Hwy 114.
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 34.5 miles. Turn right onto the Samora Gulch road.

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 26.7 miles. Turn left onto the Samora Gulch road.
After leaving Hwy 114 the Samora Gulch road will cross a cattle guard and head north up Samora Creek. After a half mile you will come to the first intersection. Near this intersection is a dispersed camp site. The left will continue up Smora Gulch. The right is FR874.1D, which heads west crossing Samora Creek and then following a side drainage to its head waters. You will drive up a long meadow that will end at a saddle. This is where the road changes into Slane Gulch, FR816.
Samora Gulch spur road FR874.1D

photo by:
Adam M

Following the left from the intersection the Samora Gulch road is a maintained road. It will climb up along the ridge to the west of Samora Creek. Near the head of Samora Gulch the road will reach 10,500 feet before heading east along the top of the ridge between Wolverine Gulch and Samora Gulch. Here you will come to your second intersection. The right is FR874.1C, which will end after 2.25 miles. The left is the main road and it will head down into Wolverine Gulch, then come to another intersection just past another cattle guard. Here the left is FR874.1A, which also goes about 2.25 miles before ending. The main road will be the right. The road will now loop around the head of Deadman Creek, following along the ridge of the east side of the creek, before it too ends. All of these roads were probably once used for logging this area.

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