Chimney  
Maps:    
USGS 7.5' Map: Elk Park, Saguache Park
Statistics:
Difficulty: Number: Miles: Altitude: Obstacles: Time:
Easy 2 FR777 7.09 10,110 to 10,400 ft. NA 1-2 hours
County: Saguache
Adopted by:      
Managed by: Rio Grande National Forest
Saguache Ranger District
46525 State Highway 114
Saguache, CO 81149
(719)655-2547
Summary: Chimney is a connection road from Horse Canyon in Saguache Park to Little North Fork of Saguache Creek, then to the North Fork of Saguache Creek.
Attractions: Open Meadows
Seasonal
Closure:
Agency - Closed March 15 to May 15.
Best Time: June - Best
July - Best
August - Best
September - Best
October - Early snows may close the higher sections
Trail Heads
Accessed:
None
Camping: There are no dispersed camp sites along the Chimney road.
Base Camp: This would be a good area to base camp and explore the roads around Saguache Park.
Fall Colors: Poor - Large open meadows and pine forest.
Navigation: 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 25.9 miles. Turn right onto County Rd 17 GG and go 5.3 miles. Turn left onto County Rd NN 14 and go 1.1 miles. Turn right onto County Rd 17FF and go 8.5 miles. At the Y take the right road and go 1.57 miles to an intersection. The road to the left is Chimney.

From Saguache, CO head west on CO-114 W/Gunnison Ave toward 9th Street. Continue to follow CO-114 W for 35.7 miles. Turn left onto County Rd 17 GG and go 5.3 miles. Turn left onto County Rd NN 14 and go 1.1 miles. Turn right onto County Rd 17FF and go 8.5 miles. At the Y take the right road and go 1.57 miles to an intersection. The road to the left is Chimney.
History:  
Description:
The Chimney road starts off of the Horse Canyon, FR745, road where it climbs up a gulch in the ridge to the south.

Start of Chimney out of Horse Canyon

photo by:
Adam M

The two track is a bit rocky here as it climbs up between the pine forests. You will quickly come to an intersection to the left, which is the Chimney Gulch, FR743, road. Stay to the right and climb up the hill. At the top is another intersectin that also connects to FR743. The road will now cross a large open meadow. This is the valley for the Little North Fork of Saguache Creek. You will head southwest and then cross the Little North Fork of Saguache Creek, probably dry most of the time. Here you will come to two intersections on the right that join. This is FR777.1A, which heads back to the Horse Canyon, FR745, road. After crossing the faint creek you will come to three roads to the left that all connect. This is FR777.1B, which will head east along the south ridge of the Little North Fork of Saguache Creek. It will end at a high point overlooking the valley. Staying to the right you will go another 0.85 miles where the road will intersect with FR776.
Data updated - December 3, 2019     4WD Road driven - September 2, 2019     Copyright 4X4Explore.com - 2000-2020