Sheep Creek  
Maps:    
USGS 7.5' Map: West Baldy, Sargents Mesa, Trickle Mountain, North Pass
Statistics:
Difficulty: Number: Miles: Altitude: Obstacles: Time:
Easy 1 FR810 7.35 8,960 to 9,800 ft. NA 2-3 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: Sheep Creek road follows Spanish Creek and Bear Creek.
Attractions: Camping
Seasonal
Closure:
Agency - Closed March 15 to May 15.
Best Time: June - May still have snow in the forested areas
July - Best
August - Best
September - Best
October - Early snows will close the upper part of the road
Trail Heads
Accessed:
None
Camping: There are dispersed camp sites along the lower part of the road.
Base Camp: This would be a good area to base camp and explore the roads around North Pass.
Fall Colors: Poor - Mainly pine forest.
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 36.5 miles. Turn left toward County Road 31CC and go 0.1 miles. Continue onto County Road 31CC for 0.9 miles. Here you will be on FR810, Sheep Creek.

From Saguache, CO head west on CO-114 W/Gunnison Ave toward 9th Street. Continue to follow CO-114 W for 25.0 miles. Turn right toward County Road 31CC and go 0.1 miles. Continue onto County Road 31CC for 0.9 miles. Here you will be on FR810, Sheep Creek.
History:  
Description:
County Road 31CC heads through a shallow box canyon following the creek.

Shallow box canyon

photo by:
Adam M

You will come to a fence and cattle guard just before you leave the box canyon and enter onto public lands. From this point the landscape will open up into a wide valley heading to the north. The road will remain graded and wide. The first intersection you will come to is with FR791 to the left. This road will tie into FR810.1C.

Intersection with FR791

photo by:
Adam M

In about a quarter mile you will come to FR810.1C heading off to the left. This is approximately a mile and a half spur road that will dead end. To the north out in the open meadow you will see a large rock formation.

Rock formation

photo by:
Adam M

Stay to the right to continue on FR810. At the next intersection you will want to stay to the right. The left will start Upper Spanish Creek, FR784, which heads to Peon Pass. Right after the hairpin turn will be another intersection with FR999 heading to the right. Stay to the left to continue on FR810. After about a mile you will come to the intersection with spur road FR810.1A to the left that will end in about a mile. Head right around a curve to continue on FR810. In about a quarter mile you will come to the last intersection where FR999 ties back in from the right. Stay left and continue on FR810 for another mile to where the road ends.
Data updated - November 18, 2019     4WD Road driven - September 1, 2019     Copyright 4X4Explore.com - 2000-2019