Saguache Tie  
Maps:    
USGS 7.5' Map: Saguache Park, Mesa Mountain, Bowers Peak
Statistics:
Difficulty: Number: Miles: Altitude: Obstacles: Time:
Easy 4 FR675.3P 3.91 9,400 to 10,550 ft. Steep Hill 1-2 hours
County: Saguache
Adopted by:      
Managed by: Rio Grande National Forest
Saguache Ranger District
46525 State Highway 114
Saguache, CO 81149
(719)655-2547
Summary: Saguache Tie is a connector road between the Saguache Park road and the South Carnero road. It passes through an area where the Middle Fork of Saguache Creek, the South Fork of Saguache Creek, and Johns Creek come together.
Attractions: Fishing, Camping, Obstacle
Seasonal
Closure:
Agency - Closed March 15 to May 15.
Best Time: June - Best
July - Best
August - Best
September - Best
October - Early snows may close the higher sections
Trail Heads
Accessed:
None
Camping: There are camp sites along the creeks as well as on top of John Creek Mesa.
Base Camp: This would be a good area to base camp and fish the creeks as well as explore the roads around Saguache Park.
Fall Colors: Very Good - There are aspen groves at the east end of the road.
Navigation: From Gunnison, CO. head east on US-50 E/E Tomichi Ave toward N Iowa Street. Continue to follow US-50 E for 8.1 miles. Turn right onto CO-114 E and go 20.2 miles. Turn right onto County Rd NN 14 and go 9.4 miles. Turn right onto County Rd 17FF and go 13.2 miles. Turn left to stay on County Rd 17FF and go 1.3 miles. Turn left and head down the gulch beside County Road 17FF. This is the Saguache Tie road.

From Saguache, CO Head south on 8th St toward US Hwy 285 N for 0.4 miles. Continue onto Gunbarrel Rd/US Hwy 285 S for 17.1 miles. Turn right onto County Road G and go 5.0 miles. Turn right onto County Road 42/County Road G and go 1.2 miles. Slight right onto County Road 41 G and continue 10.1 miles. Turn left onto County Road M 33 and go 21.2 miles. Turn right onto the Saguache Tie road.
History:  
Description:
Starting from the west end of the Saguache Tie road you will leave the Saguache Park, FR787, road south of the Stone Cellar campground. The road will drop down into a wash beside the road and head back toward the Middle Fork of Saguache Creek. It will get rocky along this section as you get closer to the creek.

Heading down the wash

photo by:
Adam M

After dropping down the last steep section you will be on a flat area beside the Middle Fork of Saguache Creek. To your left will be a camp site below a small cliff. Closer to the creek will be another campsite. The road will head east following the creek and go into the trees. Where it comes out of the trees will be a spur road to the left that goes to a parking spot close to the creek.

Road along the creek

photo by:
Adam M

The right will head down to a crossing of the South Fork of Saguache Creek. The wide open area to your north is where the two braches come together. This is a good area for fishing.

Valley where the Saguache Creek branches join

photo by:
Adam M


Crossing of the Middle Fork of Saguache Creek

photo by:
Adam M

After crossing the Middle Fork there will be an intersection to the right that goes to another parking spot along the creek. The main road will head up into the with the pine trees in it. This part of the road goes straight up to the top of the mesa. It has one section that is rougher than the rest, in the middle of the climb.

Obstacle

photo by:
Adam M

Once past this obstacle the road continues its steep climb to the top.

Looking back from the top

photo by:
Adam M

At the top you will cross through a fence line and head out across the mesa above Johns Creek, which is to the south. Where you turn to head east you will pass a big pile of fractured rocks strewn around an outcrop. The road will continue up a shallow drainage, then climb one last short hill before coming to an intersection. To the left is FR760.2C, stay to the right following the Saguache Tie road. It will cross a large open meadow with aspen groves to the east. The road will head toward some pine forests where a right hand spur will go to a campsite. Staying to the left the road will run along the pine forest passing another campsite. The road will enter the trees and very shortly come to an intersection with the South Carnero, FR675, road.
Data updated - December 4, 2019     4WD Road driven - September 2, 2019     Copyright 4X4Explore.com - 2000-2020