Molly Bawn 
USGS 7.5' Map: Georgetown
Difficulty: Number: Miles: Altitude: Obstacles: Time:
Easy 3 FR712.2B 1.75 10,200 to 10,620 ft.   1 hour
County: Clear Creek
Adopted by:      
Managed by: Arapaho/Roosevelt National Forest,
Clear Creek Ranger District
101 Chicago Creek
Idaho Springs, CO 80452
Summary: Molly Bawn is a connecting road between the Lamartine road and the Cascade Creek road.
Natural - Closed by heavy snows.
Best Time: June - May still be snowed in
July - Best
August - Best
September - Best
October - Possible early snows
Trail Heads
Camping: There is one dispersed camp site under the power lines.
Base Camp: This would be a good area to base camp and explore the roads around Saxon Mountain.
Fall Colors: Poor - Mostly pine forest.
Navigation: From Idaho Springs, CO head south on 13th Ave toward Center Alleyfor 0.1 miles. Continue onto CO-103 South for 0.5 miles. Turn right onto South Spring Gulch Road and go 4.1 miles. Continue straight onto Lamartine Road and go 0.6 miles. Turn left onto Forest Road 712 and go 0.8 miles. Continue onto Lamertine Road for 1.0 miles. Turn left onto the Molly Bawn 4WD road.

From Georgetown, CO head south to the traffic circle. At the traffic circle, continue straight onto 15th Street and go 0.2 miles. Turn left onto Main Street and go 0.4 miles. Continue onto Saxon Mountain Road for 0.2 miles. Turn right to stay on Saxon Mountain Road and go 5.6 miles. Turn left and go 0.7 miles. Continue onto Forest Road 712 for 0.2 miles. Turn right to stay on Forest Road and go 0.8 miles. Turn right to stay on Forest Road and go 0.4 miles. Turn right onto the Molly Bawn 4WD road.
Starting from the intersection with the Lamartine, FR712, road you will head south just before a switchback in FR712. In about 0.2 miles you will come to a small clearing with an old cabin. This is the Molly Bawn mine site. Continuing past the mine you will drive through the forest on a two track road.

In about 0.25 miles you will come to a clearing for the high power line. There is a dispersed campsite here. The road will continue back into the forest heading south, then southwest. Where the road turns west the forest will become thinner with more openings. In about a mile following along the north side of Cascade Creek you will come to the intersection with Cascade Creek, FR710. You can head south from here and cross the creek to take Cascade Creek back to Hwy130.

Data updated - August 12, 2019      4WD Road driven - June 8, 2010      Copyright - 2000-2019