|USGS 7.5' Map:||Como, Alma|
|Managed by:||Pike National Forest,
South Park Ranger District
|P.O. Box 219, 320 Hwy 285
Fairplay, Colorado 80440
|Summary:||Crooked Creek is an easy 4WD road that follows Crooked Creek up the side of Palmer Peak. It accesses three hiking trails.|
|Attractions:||Camping, Trail Access|
|Agency - Closed March 1 to June 15.|
June - May still have snow on upper road.
July - Best
August - Best
September - Best
October - Possible first snows on road.
|Crooked Creek Trail, FT748 - Hike, Mountain Bike, Equestrian
South Crooked Creek Trail, FT771 - Hike, Mountain Bike, Equestrian
Crooked Beaver Trail, FT747 - Hike, Mountain Bike, Equestrian
|Camping:||There are dispersed sites along the first 1.5 miles of the road.|
|Base Camp:||This would be a good place to base camp and explore the roads around Fairplay.|
|Fall Colors:||Very Good - There are aspen all along the first 1.5 miles of road.|
|Navigation:||From Fairplay, CO head southeast on Main Street toward 6th Street and go 0.5 miles. Turn left onto US Hwy 285 N and go 0.8 miles. Turn left onto Silver Heels Road and go 2.3 miles. Continue straight onto Crooked Creek Road and cross through the Forest Service gate.
Note: I have only driven the first mile and a half of this road. Further description is from viewing Google Earth.
Where you leave the Silver Heels road you will come to a turn around area, a fence line, and a cattle guard. This is the start of Public Lands. The road will head up an open area flanked by aspen trees on both sides. (When I drove the road a Forest Service road grader was blading the road and repairing water bars. The soil is sandy and probably needs annual maintenance.) As the aspen close in on the road you will pass a camp site on the left and then head up a short hill. At the top of the hill there will be a spur road to the right that goes to a camp site, and another a bit further on to the left that also goes into the aspen to a camp site. The road will head down from the hill to cross a small gulch and then climb up to another flat area. The road will make two sweeping turns and then pass a small camp site on the right that sits on a small rocky outcrop. Continuing you will shortly come to a large intersection in a small opening. The road on the right is Trout Creek, FR194.
Stay left to continue on Crooked Creek road. (From here the description is based on Google Earth.) You will head through the aspen, turning west and following Crooked Creek. The road will come out into an open area and follow along side the wide valley with the winding creek and vegetation in the center. The valley will narrow up and you will climb over a low hill to once again follow along the creek. The valley will narrow up quite a bit and you will come to a small area along the right side of the road. This is FT748. The road will now cross over the creek and climb up over the ridge on the other side. You will head into pine forests and then come out into an open area. Here, FT771 will head left from the road just past a right turn. It will head down hill through the open area. You will head back into the pines and continue along the side of the ridge above Crooked Creek. The road will narrow up and become a two track. You will come to an intersection in the forest. The old road on the left, no longer open, is the contiuation of FR669. The road on the right is FR669.2B which continues through the forest. It will cross the head of Crooked Creek and make a left turn before ending at the other end of FT748.
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