Lodgepole Flats  
Maps:        
USGS 7.5' Map: Leadville South
Statistics:
Difficulty: Number: Miles: Altitude: Obstacles: Time:
Graded FR 130 2.05 9785 ft. None 30 min
County: Lake
Adopted by:      
Managed by: San Isabel National Forest,
Leadville Ranger District

Bureau of Land Management,
Royal Gorge District
810 Front Street
Leadville, CO 80461

3028 E. Main St.
Canon City, CO 81212
719-486-0749


(719)269-8500

Summary: Lodgepole Flats is an access road into the national forest north of Twin Lakes. The forest in this area has been thinned in the past.
Attractions: Camping
Seasonal
Closure:
Agency - December 2 to May 31
Best Time: June - Best
July - Best
August - Best
September - Best
October - Early snows may block the road
Trail Heads
Accessed:
 
Camping: There are dispersed campsites along the entire length of the road.
Base Camp: This would be a good area to base camp and explore the 4WD roads and hiking trails around Twin Lakes.
Fall Colors: Poor - Mainly pine forest.
Navigation: From Leadville, CO head south on Harrison Ave toward E 6th Street for 0.4 miles. Continue onto Silver Drive for 0.3 miles. Continue to follow US-24 E for 7.9 miles. Turn right onto County Road 10 and go 0.1 miles. Turn right toward Forest Road 130 for 361 feet. Slight left onto Forest Rd 130 and go 0.2 miles passing the private drive to the left. This is the start of Lodgepole Flats, FR 130.

From Buena Vista, CO head north on US-24 W toward W Sterling Ave for 25.6 miles. Turn left onto County Road 10 and go 0.1 miles. Turn right toward Forest Road 130 for 361 feet. Slight left onto Forest Rd 130 and go 0.2 miles passing the private drive to the left. This is the start of Lodgepole Flats, FR 130.
History:  
Description:
Starting from County Road 10 just off of Hwy 24 you will pass a private drive and then head west up an unnamed wash. You are now on BLM lands. After a half mile you will come to an intersection to the right. This is a spur road that is not shown as a BLM or Forest Service road. It goes north over the rise, passing some potential campsites, to another unnamed wash where it ends. Stay to the left heading west. Shortly you will pass two more spur roads to the right that go to dispersed campsites. As the road heads into the trees it will stay graded, easy to drive. You will come to two spur roads, one left, one right that go to areas of the forest that have been thinned in the past. Just past this intersection you will cross from BLM lands to Forest Service lands. There will be a possible campsite on the left as the road continues west.

As the land flattens out you will come to a large four way intersection. The road to the right is Conduit North, FR130.A, the road to the left is Conduit South, FR130.B, and the road straight ahead is the continuation of FR130. Just past the intersection on the right is a large campsite. Past the intersection the road will remain graded and the forest will be fairly flat affording quite a few dispersed campsites. The road will turn northwest following a shallow wash on the left with more flat areas and dispersed campsites on the right. After three quarters of a mile from the four way intersection you will come to another intersection. To the right is Lodgepole Flats North, FR160, to the left is Lodgepole Flats South, FR130.S. This is the end of Forest Road 130.
Data updated - February 1, 2021        4WD Road driven - September 7, 2020        Copyright 4X4Explore.com - 2000-2021