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Smith Hill Gulch
Here in the southern part of the county is a stretch of the lowest-elevation habitat Gilpin has to offer: rocky hillsides with low scrub and scattered junipers. Look for Rock Wren, both towhees, Townsend's Solitaire, Virginia's Warbler and the like. On the other side of the road is dense forest with a high percentage of dead trees; keep an eye out for woodpeckers and flycatchers. Higher up, above the gulch, the road passes through mountain meadows that may produce bluebirds and sparrows. Unfortunately there is no public access to any of these lands, so all birding must be done from the road. The road does not get much traffic but its curves are often blind and its shoulders narrow, so be very cautious if you stop the car.
Foothills Scrub, Mountain Meadow, Aspen Grove, Lodgepole Forest, Burn Area
Smith Hill Gulch is accessed via CR 7, which heads north from CO 119 about four miles north of US 6 and the Clear Creek/Jefferson county lines.
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Golden Gate Canyon State Park
Lodgepole Forest, Ponderosa Forest, Aspen Grove, Stream, Streamside Willow, Wet Meadow, Mountain Meadow, Pond/Lake/Reservoir