Pinkham Creek (Canyon Lakes District)  
USGS 7.5' Map: Crazy Mountain, Old Roach, Kings Canyon
Difficulty: Number: Miles: Altitude: Obstacles: Time:
Easy 1 FR 157 2.00 8000 to 9248 ft. NA 0.5 to 1 hour
County: Larimer
Adopted by:      
Managed by: Roosevelt National Forest,
Canyon Lakes Ranger District
2150 Centre Ave., Building E
Fort Collins, CO 80526
Summary: Pinkham Creek is a connecting road from the Old Roach, FR200 road to the boundary between the Canyon Lakes Ranger District and the Parks Ranger District of the USFS.
Natural - Closed by heavy snows.
Best Time: June - Snow drifts possible in the upper sections
July - Best
August - Best
September - Best
October - Early snows possible
Trail Heads
Camping: There were no campsites along the main road. The spur roads may contain sites.
Base Camp: This area would be a good place to base camp and explore the roads around Pinkham Creek and the North Sand Hills.
Fall Colors: Poor - This area is mainly pine forest.
Navigation: From Rustic, CO. head west on CO-14 W for 19.8 miles. Turn right onto County Rd 103/Hohnholz Lakes Rd and continue to follow County Rd 103 for 27.6 miles. Turn left onto Hohnholz Lakes Rd/FR200 and go 10.9 miles. Hohnholz Lakes Rd turns slightly right and becomes Forest Service road FR200. Continue for 2.2 miles. Turn left onto the Pinkham Creek road, FR157.
The Pinkham Creek 4WD road on the Canyon Lakes Ranger District is a single lane road that leaves the Old Roach, FR200, road south of the Old Roach townsite, and heads west to the boundary between the Roosevelt National Forest and the Routt National Forest. It is an easy road that works its way through the forest to the boundary. Shortly after starting the road you will come to an intersection with a spur road to the right, FR157A, that only goes a short distance before ending. Just past this intersection is another intersection with FR157B taking off to the right, also. FR157B connects back to FR200 west of the Old Roach townsite. Very shortly after this intersection is another with FR157C, which takes off to the left. This is the shortest spur road. Continuing on the main road you will come to the last intersection with FR157D to the right, which also ties back into FR200. After this last intersection you will come to a fence line at the top of the ridge that indicates the boundary between the two forests. Beyond this fence line is the Routt National Forest, Bow Ridge, FR884, 4WD road.
Data updated - December 20, 2016        4WD Road driven - September 4, 2016        Copyright - 2000-2016