Gold Creek #427

The Gold Creek Trail #427 begins at Union Park Road, FSR #752 and ends at Gold Creek Road, FSR #771.  This trail travels through the eastern section of the Fossil Ridge Recreation Area.  It heads south into the headwaters of Lottis Creek before climbing steadily paralleling the creek for approximately 2 miles.  Then it continues to climb the steep slope of the gulch and on up to Shaw Ridge where it intersects the Cameron Gulch Trail #549.  The Gold Creek Trail turns left at this junction and begins a steep descent from the ridge into the Gold Creek drainage.  At this point the trail parallels Gold Creek for the final 2 miles to its end at Gold Creek Road.

At a Glance

Open Season: June
Usage: Medium
Best Season: Summer
Restrictions: Open to Hiking, Horseback, Mountain Bike, and Motorcycle.
Closest Towns: Pitkin, CO

General Information


Union Park Road Access:

From Gunnison, travel north on Highway 135 for approximately 9.5 miles to Gunnison County Road 742.  Travel east on CR 742 for approximately 22 miles to Gunnison County Road 765.  Follow CR 765 for approximately one mile to Union Park Road, FSR 752.  The trail is located at the end of the road.

Gold Creek Road Access:

From Gunnison, travel east on Highway 50 for approximately 11 miles to Gunnison County Road 76 at Parlin.  Travel on CR 76 for approximately 8.5 miles to Gunnison County Road 771 at Ohio.  Follow CR 771 for approximately 8.25 miles to its end where the Gold Creek Trail starts.


Union Park Road Access:  T.15S., R. 3E., Section 16.  U.S.G.S. Map: Fairview Peak.  Elevation: 10,280 feet.

Gold Creek Road Access:  T. 51N., R. 3E., Section 19.  U.S.G.S. Map: Fairview Peak.  Elevation: 10,320 feet.


Mountain Biking

Day Hiking

Horse Riding

OHV Trail Riding

Open to single track Motorcycle.

Recreation Areas

Recreation Activities


  Area/Length : 
2 Miles

  Elevation : 
10,280 - 11,600


4 people hiking over a rock ledge

Hikers on the Hope Lake Trail