Schoolmarm Mountain  
Maps:        
USGS 7.5' Map: Farnum Peak
Statistics:
Difficulty: Number: Miles: Altitude: Obstacles: Time:
Easy 3 FR 237 9.10 9,720 to 10,020 ft. Rocky Hill 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: Schoolmarm Mountain 4WD road is a connector road between Packer Gulch and County Road 23.
Attractions: Different terrain through the forest, including a rocky hill climb at the north end.
Seasonal
Closure:
Agency -
Best Time: June - Possible snow drifts
July - Best
August - Best
September - Best
October - Early snows possible
Trail Heads
Accessed:
Lost Trail, FT738 - Hiking
Camping: There are a few dispersed camp sites at the south end of Schoolmarm Mountain 4WD road.
Base Camp: This would be a good area to base camp and explore the spur roads off of Schoolmarm Mountain and Packer Gulch roads.
Fall Colors: Poor - Mostly Pine forest.
Navigation: From Hartsel, CO. head east on US-24 towards Valley Drive for 8.6 miles. Turn left onto San Miguel Street and go 2.1 miles. Turn right onto Park Road and go 0.3 miles. Continue straight onto San Miguel Street and go 0.8 miles. Turn right onto Jefferson Road and go 0.4 miles. Turn left onto County Rd 23-A/Jefferson Drive and go 0.2 miles. Continue onto Turner Gulch Road for 3.8 miles. Turn right onto Schoolmarm 4WD road.

History:  
Description:
From the intersection with Packer Gulch, FR144, Schoolmarm Mountain 4WD road will climb to another intersection about a quarter of a mile from the Packer Gulch road intersection. A right will put you on Skinny, FR236, which heads to County Road 23. Stay to the left to continue on Schoolmarm. The road will begin to climb up into the forest topping our on a ridge. The climb has a few rocky sections to navigate that are a fun challenge.
Rocky hill climb at the north end

photo by:
Adam M

Once on top of the ridge you will drop down out of the trees into a long narrow valley that heads southwest.
Long clearing above the hill climb

photo by:
Adam M

At the bottom of the valley you will intersect another drainage. The road will turn to the east and head up this drainage, crossing a small ridge before crossing the drainage and heading south. Just past this crossing you will come to the intersection with FR237.C to the left. This is a short spur road that climbs four switchbacks before ending. Past this intersection the road will continue to climg to the top of a saddle, the highest point, and then it will head down to another long open valley.
Another valley on Schoolmarm Mountain road

photo by:
Adam M

At the bottom of this valley you will once again intersect with another drainage that you will have to head east to loop around and then continue south. As you climb a ridge you will come to another intersection. The left is FR237.B, a short spur road that follows the ridge for about a quarter of a mile. The main road, to the right, will head down to cross Turner Gulch.
Schoolmarm Mountain road at the south end

photo by:
Adam M

Just after crossing Turner Gulch you will come to the last intersection. The road to the left is FR237.A. This spur follows the gulch climbing toward Schoolmarm Mountain for about a mile. It will end close to the head of Turner Gulch where the Lost Trail, FT738, starts. Follow the main road for about a mile around a low hill, passing a dispersed camp site, you will intersect County Road 23. Taking County 23 south will connect you with Highway 24.
Data updated - November 14, 2017      4WD Road driven - September 3, 2017      Copyright 4X4Explore.com - 2000-2017