A.K.A.Virginia Canyon or CR. 279.
Gets its name from the drop- offs, tight switchbacks and incredible views.This side of the hill remains snow free most of the winter making it the perfect place for a winter xc ride or shuttle.
Before the construction of Central City Parkway this was a major route between Idaho Springs and Central City. The area is rich in mining history.
At one time Central City was proposed to be the State Capital. It was also known as the richest square mile on earth.
Not much singletrack but there are a ton of old roads to explore. From Russell Gulch you can get to Fall River, St. Mary’s, Mammoth Gulch, Rollins Pass, Nevadaville and Central City.
In the winter I usually just ride to the county line and hit Gilson Gulch on the way back. Oh My God Road and Central City Parkway makes about a 20 mile loop for another option.
At the present time bikes are not allowed on Central City or Black Hawk roads.