Salt Creek South  
USGS 7.5' Map: Marmot Peak
Difficulty: Number: Miles: Altitude: Obstacles: Time:
Easy 1 FR 436 6.60 9,480 to 11,380 ft. NA 1-2 hours
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: Salt Creek South is a connector road between Salt Creek road and Chubb Park road. It also goes up the Middle Fork of Salt Creek to some old prospects.
Attractions: Crosses Salt Creek Pass. Access to East Buffalo Peak.
Agency -
Best Time: June - Possible snow drifts at higher elevations
July - Best
August - Best
September - Best
October - Early snows possible
Trail Heads
Camping: There are a few dispersed camp sites along the lower section of Salt Creek South road. There are also some at the end of the spur roads.
Base Camp: This would be a good area to base camp and explore the spurs of Salt Creek South and Salt Creek road, as well as the Chubb Park roads.
Fall Colors: Poor - Mostly Pine forest.
Navigation: From Fairplay, CO head southeast on Main Street toward 5th Street for 0.5 miles. Turn right onto US Hwy 285 ans go south for 19.5 miles. Turn right onto Salt Creek Road and go 4.6 miles to an intersection. The left turn is the Salt Creek South road.

From Buena Vista, CO head south on US-24 E toward Cedar Street for 2.4 miles. Turn left onto US-24 E/US-285 N/US Hwy 285 N and continue to follow US-285 N/US Hwy 285 N for 15.4 miles. Turn left onto Salt Creek Road and go 4.6 miles to an intersection. The left turn is the Salt Creek South road.
The Salt Creek South road starts off of the Salt Creek, FR435, road and climbs up to Salt Creek Pass. This section of road is easy with areas to pass other vehicles. This is the only section I have driven.

The majority of Salt Creek South road runs up the Middle Fork of Salt Creek. One spur, FR436.2B ends at a turn around that is probably a trail head. This is just past a house. Another spur road, FR436.2A, ends at two dispersed camp sites. There appears to be an old cabin foundation in an open meadow near the camp sites. The main road climbs to 11,000 feet and end at another turn around.
Data updated - November 14, 2017      4WD Road driven - September 3, 2017      Copyright - 2000-2017