Locke Mountain  
USGS 7.5' Map: Hardscrabble Mountain, Rockvale, Curley Peak
Difficulty: Number: Miles: Altitude: Obstacles: Time:
Easy 2 FR274 12.63 8,500 to 9,204 ft. NA 3-4 hours
County: Custer, Fremont
Adopted by:      
Managed by: Pike and San Isabel National Forest,
San Carlos Ranger District
3028 East Main Street
Canon City, CO 81212
Summary: Locke Mountain 4WD road climbs up Willow Creek toward Adobe Peak. It follows a ridge north toward Oak Creek over Locke Mountain, then looping around Locke Park.
Attractions: Locke Park
Agency - December 2 to April 30
Best Time: June - Still could be snowed in
July - Best
August - Best
September - Best
October - Watch for early snows
Trail Heads
FT1329 - Motorized trail, Motorcycle only
Camping: There are many dispersed campsites along the road. A few are along Willow Creek. Most are up around Locke Mountain.
Base Camp: This would be a good area to base camp and explore the roads around Locke Mountain, Adobe Peak, and Holt Mountain.
Fall Colors: Very Good - The upper section has lots of aspen groves.
Navigation: From Westcliffe, CO. head east on Main Street toward S 7th Street for 1.8 miles. Continue onto CO-96 E and go 9.2 miles. Turn left onto County Rd 271 and go 5.5 miles. Turn right onto County Rd 274 and go about 1 mile to the Forest boundary to begin the Locke Mountain road.

From Florence, CO head east on E Main Street for 0.3 miles. Turn right onto CO-67 S and go 11.1 miles. Turn right onto CO-96 W and go 15.1 miles. Turn right onto County Rd 271 and go 5.5 miles. Turn right onto County Rd 274 and go about 1 mile to the Forest boundary to begin the Locke Mountain road.
Locke Mountain 4WD road starts about a mile from County Rd 271. You will start up Willow Creek and enter the public lands after a mile. The road will follow along the creek passing a few small dispersed camp sites. In less than a mile from the Forest Service boundary you will take a sharp switchback and climb north away from the creek.
Road at the start

Photo by:
Adam M

The road will have a few narrow section before you come to an intersection, about a mile from the switchback. The road to the right is Adobe Peak, FR336. Stay to the left to continue on Locke Mountain. The road will run along low ridges for for about two miles with a few dispersed campsites along the road.
Middle section

Photo by:
Adam M

The road will drop down to a broad hill top that heads north toward Locke Mountain. There will be an intersection to the left with Bear Gulch, FR304, which heads back down to the county road.

I have not driven Locke Mountain past this intersection. Based on Google Earth, Locke Mountain road crossed the wide flat top of Locke Mountain and then loops to the east around Locke Park where it will end near the head waters of the Middel Fork of Coal Creek.
Data updated - April 21, 2016     4WD Road driven - September 7, 2015     Copyright 4X4Explore.com - 2000-2016