USGS 7.5' Map: Observatory Rock
Difficulty: Number: Miles: Altitude: Obstacles: Time:
Easy 2 FR 823 0.80 9,280 to 9,480 ft. NA 1/2 hour
County: Park
Adopted by:      
Managed by: Pike National Forest,
South Park Ranger District
P.O. Box 219, 320 Hwy 285
Fairplay, Colorado 80440
(719) 836-2031
Summary: Ripper is a half mile connector road between Weber Gulch, FR129, and Tree Digger, FR824.
Nature - Closed by heavy snows.
Best Time: June - Possible snow drifts
July - Best
August - Best
September - Best
October - Early snows possible
Trail Heads
Camping: There is one dispersed camp site at the north end of the road.
Base Camp: This would be a good area to base camp and explore the roads along the Rock Creek Hills Road.
Fall Colors: Poor - Mostly Pine forest.
Navigation: From Jefferson, CO. head north-east on US Hwy 285 and go 1.2 miles.Turn right onto Lost Park Rd , Cnty 56, and go 5.2 miles. Turn right onto Rock Creek Hills Rd and go 2.2 miles. Slight left and go 1.0 mile. Turn right and go 338 feet. Turn right and go 0.1 mile. Turn left onto the Ripper 4WD road.

Ripper is a short connector road between Weber Gulch, FR129, and Tree Digger, FR824. It runs down a shallow valley that is mostly open with forests on the surrounding hills.
Data updated - November 6, 2017      4WD Road driven - September 2, 2017      Copyright - 2000-2017