Mason Creek  
USGS 7.5' Map: Hermit Lakes, Finger Mesa
Difficulty: Number: Miles: Altitude: Obstacles: Time:
Graded FR 515 8.62 9,800 to 10,800 ft. NA 0.5 hour
County: Hinsdale
Adopted by:      
Managed by: Rio Grande National Forest
Divide Ranger District
13308 West Hwy 160
Del Norte, CO 81132
Summary: Mason Creek road is an access road to private property at Castle Rock Lake as well as access to the road to Carson, FR518.
Attractions: NA
Agency - March 14 to May 16
Best Time: June - Best.
July - Best.
August - Best.
September - Best.
October - Best.
Trail Heads
Camping: There are a few dispersed sites before you get to Castle Rock Lake.
Base Camp: This would be a good area to base camp to explore the road to Carson, FR518, and Heart Lake, and the road to the top of Hermit Peak, FR543.
Fall Colors: Average
Navigation: From Creede, CO. head west on West 5th Street/West 6th Street toward Rio Grande Ave. for 318 feet. Turn left onto Rio Grande Ave. for 0.3 miles. Turn right onto Colorado-149 North for 23.1 miles. Turn left onto County Rd 10/Forest Rd 515, the Hermit Lakes road and go 4.0 miles. Turn right onto Forest Rd 516, the Mason Creek road.
The Mason Creek road follows a narrow canyon between Hermit Peak and Black Mountain up Trouble Hill. After about 2.5 miles you will be on a broad plateau and there will be an intersection. The left road is the Mason Creek spur, 516.1A, which goes about two miles and ends at Grouse Creek on the east side of Finger Mesa.

The road to the right at the intersection is Black Mountain, FR 514, which goes to Black Mountain Lake. Mason Creek will continue straight ahead from the intersection. After about a third of a mile will be an intersection to the left. This is the Carson road, FR 518. About a half mile beyond the Carson intersection you will leave public lands where the private property around Castle Rock Lake starts.
Data updated: December 31, 2013        4WD Road driven: July 28, 2010        Copyright - 2000-2014