Leland Creek  
USGS 7.5' Map: Fraser, Bottle Pass
Difficulty: Number: Miles: Altitude: Obstacles: Time:
Easy 2 FR159 6.24 9,480 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

Summary: Leland Creek is an easy road that crosses the branches of Elk Creek south of Fraser.
Attractions: Camping
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
Leap Frog, FT74.1 - Hike, Horseback, Mountain Bike
D-4, FT74 - Hike, Horseback, Mountain Bike, Motorcycle
Sunken Bridges, FT84 - Hike, Horseback, Mountain Bike, Motorcycle, ATV (<50 inches)
Zoom, FT83 - Hike, Horseback, Mountain Bike
Flume, FT82 - Hike, Horseback, Mountain Bike
Creekside, FT61 - Hike, Horseback, Mountain Bike
Camping: There are a few dispersed campsites along the east end of the road.
Base Camp: This would be a good area to base camp and explore the 4WD roads around Winter Park and Fraser.
Fall Colors: Poor - There are some aspen along the east end of the road.
Navigation: From Winter Park, CO. head southeast on Winter Park Drive toward Balsam Drive for 0.1 miles. Turn left onto Old Town Drive and go 0.2 miles. Sharp left onto US-40 W and go 2.4 miles. Turn left onto Vasquez Road and go 1.0 mile. Continue onto County Road 7 / FR148 and go 1.6 miles. Slight right onto Leland Creek road.

From Fraser, CO. head west on Eisenhower Drive toward Railroad Ave for 0.3 miles. Eisenhower Drive turns left and becomes Carriage Road, continue 0.1 miles. Carriage Road turns right and becomes Co Hwy 73, go 4.3 miles. Turn left onto Leland Creek road just past the Leland Creek Trailhead parking lot.

Starting from the east end, the road will be an easy lane and a half wide as it climbs up into the forest making a switchback turn to the right. The road will continue to climb up a low ridge passing through some aspen groves. The road will make a wide curve to the west passing the D-4 and Leap Frog trails on the right. As you continue around this wide turn you are passing the head of Leland Creek off to your right. The road will turn southwest passing FR892 on your right. The road will then drop down into a low area crossing East Elk Creek. Here there will be a few dispersed campsites along the road, and FR157 will be on the left heading south. Just past this camping area you will pass an un-numbered spur road on your left. Continue right heading through the pine forest. After a bit you will come to a crossing intersection. The road on the left is FR158.3 which goes a short distance ending at Upper Elk Creek, FT80. The road to the right is FR158. Continue straight ahead here passing a dispersed campsite on your right. The road will continue through the pines and pass a large dispersed campsite on the right. The road will continue down hill passing the Sunken Bridges trail and another dispersed campsite on the right. Just a bit further down hill and you will cross West Elk Creek passing another campsite on the right.
Along the middle section of the road

photo by:
Adam M

The road will climb up out of the valley to the top of a flat area. You will pass the Zoom trail on the right and continue through the forest. Further along you will come to an intersection with FR163 coming in on the left. Continue to the right staying on the Leland Creek road. The road will head out into an open area where the trees had been thinned in the past. Once again you will head back into the forest and come to another intersection. On the left will be FR162. Stay to the right again coming out into another open area. Next you will pass the Flume trail on your right and then the road will drop down and cross St. Louis Creek. After crossing the creek you will pass the Creekside trail and then intersect with the St. Louis Creek, FR160, road at the Leland Creek Trailhead.
Data updated - November 14, 2022     4WD Road driven - September 3, 2022     Copyright 4X4Explore.com - 2000-2022