Resolution Creek  
USGS 7.5' Map: Pando
Difficulty: Number: Miles: Altitude: Obstacles: Time:
Graded FR 702 4.50 9,360 to 11,769 ft. NA 1 hour
County: Eagle
Adopted by:      
Managed by: White River National Forest,
Holy Cross Ranger District
24747 US Hwy 24 (P.O. Box 190)
Minturn, Colorado 81645
Summary: Resolution Creek is an easy road to the top of Ptarmigan Pass.
Attractions: Scenery, Pass
Agency - Nov 23 to May 20
Best Time: June - May still be snowed in
July - Best
August - Best
September - Best
October - Early snows possible
Trail Heads
Camping: There are a few dispersed sites along the creek.
Base Camp: This would be a good area to base camp and explore McAllister Gulch, FR708, Wearyman Creek, FR747, and Pearl Creek, FR715.
Fall Colors: Average - There are some aspen groves higher up near Ptarmigan Pass.
Navigation: From Minturn, CO. head southeast on Pine Street toward Norman Ave for 49 feet. Take the 1st left onto Norman Ave and go 279 feet. Take the 2nd right onto US-24 E/Main St and continue to follow US-24 E for 13.1 miles. Turn left onto Resolution Mountain Road and go 0.6 miles. Take a slight left onto Forest Road 702 and continue to follow it up the gulch. This is the Resolution Creek 4WD road.

From Leadville, CO. head north on Harrison Ave toward East 9th Street for 141 feet. Turn right onto East 9th Street and go 0.1 miles. Take the 1st left onto US-24 W/Poplar Street and go 1.0 miles. Turn left onto US-24 W and go 14.4 miles. Turn right onto 10th Mountain Div Memorial Hwy and go 381 feet. Take the 1st right onto Camp Hale Spur 1B and go 0.5 miles. Turn left onto Eagle River Road/Forest Road 714. Continue to follow Eagle River Road for 0.7 miles. Continue onto Forest Road 702 and continue to follow it up the gulch. This is the Resolution Creek 4WD road.
The Resolution Creek 4WD road is a graded road that leaves the north end of Camp Hale and climbs to the top of Ptarmigan Pass. The road follows Resolution creek for its entire length. After about a mile and a half you will pass the Pearl Creek, FR715, intersection. Stay to the left to stay on Resolution Creek 4WD road.
Heading up Resolution Creek

photo by:
Adam M

A mile past the Pearl Creek intersection there is a dipsersed campsite down by the creek. After another mile there is a second dispersed site by the creek.

A half mile past the last campsite is the intersection with Ptarmigan, FR751, to the left. Ptarmigan is a short two mile road that dead ends. Continue to the right to stay on Resolution Creek. After four and a half miles you will top out on Ptarmigan Pass which is a flat saddle between Ptarmigan Hill and Elk Mountain.
Approaching Ptarmigan Pass

photo by:
Adam M

Data updated - March 17, 2015        4WD Road driven - July, 2003        Copyright - 2000-2015