Crooked Creek  
Maps/GPS:                    
USGS 7.5' Map: Bottle Pass, Sylvan Reservoir
Statistics:
Difficulty: Number: Miles: Altitude: Obstacles: Time:
Easy 1 FR139 16.45 8,450 to 9,850 ft. NA 1-2 hours
County: Grand
Adopted by:      
Managed by: Arapaho National Forest,
Sulphur Ranger District
9 Ten Mile Drive, P.O. Box 10
Granby, Colorado 80446
(970)887-4100

Summary: Crooked Creek is an easy road that follows Crooked Creek west of Fraser, crossing Church Park then dropping down Keyser Creek to the Ute Pass Road, CR3.
Attractions: Camping
Seasonal
Closure:
Agency - Nov 16 to Jun 14
Best Time: June - May have snow drifts
July - Best
August - Best
September - Best
October - Early snows possible
Trail Heads
Accessed:
Tipperary Creek, FT68 - Hike, Horseback, Mountain Bike
Backscratch, FT63 - Hike, Horseback, Mountain Bike
Camping: There are many dispersed campsites along the road.
Base Camp: This would be a good area to base camp and explore the 4WD roads around Fraser and Sulphur Hot Springs.
Fall Colors: Poor - Mostly pine forest.
Navigation: From Silverthorne, CO. head northwest on CO-9 N/Blue River Pkwy toward 5th Street. Continue to follow CO-9 N for 12.1 miles. Turn right onto Ute Pass Road and go 5.2 miles. Continue onto County Road 3 for 6.6 miles. Turn right onto the Crooked Creek road.

From Fraser, CO. head east on US-40 W/Zerex Street. Continue to follow US-40 W for 0.7 miles. Turn left onto County Road 5 and go 0.2 miles. Turn left onto County Hwy 50 and go 0.3 miles. Turn right at the 1st cross street to stay on County Hwy 50 and go 1.6 miles. Turn right onto County Hwy 50/County Road 50 and go 3.2 miles. You will now cross onto public lands and be on the Crooked Creek road.
History: George Henry Church and his brother John had a substantial ranch in Jefferson Country, prior to Colorado Statehood. When the Timber and Stone Act of 1878 was passed, it permitted the purchase of land unfit for agriculture for $2.50 an acre. Thus the Church brothers obtained land in Middle Park for summer grazing. They would move their cattle into the Park by driving them over Rollins Pass. The area they used is just west of the town of Fraser and became known as Church Park.
Description:
Starting from the end of County Road 50, the east starting point of the road, you will be on a graded road that heads into pine forests. You will come to a curve in the road where it will cross Tipperary Creek. The Tipperary Creek trail will be on the left as you make the curve. You will quickly make a sharp hairpin turn to the left that passes a large parking area on the left side of the road. This is for a trail on the right side of the road that is on county lands. The road will head through the forest climbing up onto a ridge where the Backscratch trail will be on the left. The road will continue along the ridge above Crooked Creek which is on your right. The road will come out into a small open area with a campsite on the left, followed by another campsite on the right further along the road. The forest will tighten up on the road and then open up a bit where you will pass another campsite on the right side of the road. Just past the campsite you will come to an intersection with FR882 on the left. This road goes to some private property below Ptarmigan Peak. Stay right and continue on the main road. Shortly you will come out into an open area and cross Crooked Creek. There will be a campsite here. Just past the creek crossing FR880.1 will be on the right climbing up onto the southeast end of Blue Ridge. Continuing left you will leave public lands and cross private property. There will be a spur road on the left that goes down to the creek to a campsite that is on public lands.
Along the east end of the road

photo by:
Adam M

Shortly you will be past the private property where some trees separate you from the creek. The side of Blue Ridge to your right will be mostly bare of trees. After passing the grove of trees you will come to the other end of FR880.1 as it comes in on your right. After heading west up this wide valley for a while you will come to an un-numbered spur road on your right that does not go very far. Continuing straight ahead you will head into the trees again and leave public lands again.
Heading toward Church Park

photo by:
Adam M

You will turn a bit south and come out into an open area where you will be back on public lands again. This is the east end of Church Park. You will pass two campsites on your right, and possibly one down a spur road to the left. As you come into view of the large open park you will come to the Beaver Creek, FR133, road on your right. Stay to the left and head across the park.

This part of the description is from viewing Google Earth.

You will head across the large open meadow of Church Park. You will head toward some trees and pass a spur road on the left that goes to a few dispersed campsties. Continuing across the park you will pass along more trees and come to an intersection. The road on the left is Hull Creek, FR879, which heads south for three quarters of a mile out of the park following Hull Creek. Stay to the right and you will cross Hull Creek passing dispersed campsites on both sides of the road. As you head into the trees you will pass two more dispersed campsites on both sides of the road. Passing these campsites the road will drop down a bit and come to a narrow, long, open meadow, which is the head of Simpson Creek. The road will head into the forest and you will come to an intersection with a road on the left, FR139.2A, which is a two track that runs in the forest above Simpson Creek making a two and a half mile loop and reconnecting with FR139. Staying right the road will continue to run along the side of Simpson Creek coming to another intersection. The road on the left is FR139.2A coming back into FR139. Ahead of you will be another open meadow. Stay right and cross Simpson Creek and you will come to another intersection. The road on the right is FR134. Stay to the left and you will cross an open meadow following Simpson Creek. The valley will narrow up as the road and creek head southwest. You will head back into the forest and continue along Simpson Creek passing a short valley coming in on the right. Further along the road you will cross Simpson Creek and continue south. You will come to another intersection with FR136 coming in on the left which follows Keyser Creek. Stay right around a tight curve and you will pass a campsite on the left followed by another campsite on the right. The road will cross Simpson Creek again and pass another campsite on the right.

You will now be following Keyser Creek in a deeper valley. The road will go for a while following the creek to the west. You will come to a dispersed campsite on the left and further along you will come to another intersection. The road on the right is FR137, a two track that climbs out of the valley. Stay left continuing down the valley. A little further along the road you will pass Cook Creek coming in on the right. On the left you will pass another dispersed campsite and then head down the valley for a ways before passing two more campsites on the left. You will continue down the valley for awhile before coming to another intersection. The road coming in on the left is FR140 which heads back up onto Keyser Ridge. Continue to the right and you will pass a small campsite on the right. Continue past the campsite and you will head out of the valley and head north along Williams Fork River. You will pass a fishing access pull off on the left and further along another parking area before crossing over Williams Fork and passing the Horseshoe Campground on the right and then connecting with County Road 3.
Data updated - November 17, 2022     4WD Road driven - September 3, 2022     Copyright 4X4Explore.com - 2000-2022