USGS 7.5' Map: Piney Peak, Lava Creek
Difficulty: Number: Miles: Altitude: Obstacles: Time:
Graded FR 401 9.00 9,148 to 10,420 ft. NA 3-4 hours
County: Eagle
Adopted by:      
Managed by: White River National Forest,
Holy Cross Ranger District
24747 US Hwy 24 (P.O. Box 190)
Minturn, Colorado 81645
Summary: Sheephorn is a 4WD road that starts past Piney Peak Ranch and loops between Sheephorn Creek and Cottonwood Creek.
Attractions: Hunting, Camping
Agency - Nov 23 to June 20
Best Time: July - Possible snow drifts
August - Best
September - Best
October - Early snows possible
Trail Heads
Three Licks Creek FT 442 - Vehicles less than 62 inches wide.
Camping: There are many dispersed campsites around Slough Grass Lake and Lone Lick Lakes. Most of these sites are used as hunting camps in the fall.
Base Camp: This would be a good area to base camp to explore Cottonwood Peak (FR 784), Walters Lake (FR 442), High Trail Gulch (FR 445), Chimney Rock (FR 753), and Sheep Mountain (FR 202).
Fall Colors: Average - Some aspen are dispersed in the lower areas.
Navigation: From Kremmling, CO. head south on Colorado Hwy 9 South/6th Street for 2.3 miles. Turn right onto County Hwy 1/Trough Road and go 11.1 miles. Turn left onto County Hwy 103 and go 2.6 miles. Slight right and go 0.7 miles. Turn right toward Sheephorn and go 0.4 miles. Turn left onto Sheephorn and go 5.7 miles. Continue on Sheephorn, FR 401.

From Wolcott, CO. head north on Colorado Hwy 131 North toward Yacht Club Drive. Continue on Colorado Hwy 131 for 13.6 miles. Turn right onto County Rd 1/Trough Rd and go 9.6 miles. Turn right onto Route 11 and continue for 8.2 miles to Sheephorn, FR 401.
Once you pass through the Piney Peak Ranch property you will come to the public lands. Just past the boundary is an intersection with the Sheep Mountain 4WD road, FR 202, which climbs to your left. Stay on the Sheephorn road and continue through open meadows. You will pass through another section of private property before entering a thicker forest. You will do two switchbacks before coming to a large intersection near Slough Grass Lake. The lake seems to be more grass than lake. There will be campsites along the east side of the lake.

Continue past Slough Grass Lake on Sheephorn. The road will continue to climb up into the denser forest passing through small openings. There will be an intersection with the right turn for Lone Lick Lakes, FR 401.3A, which is a half mile spur road to the lakes. Stay on Sheephorn heading west. The road continues its climb into the forest before coming to an intersection to the left. This is Walters Lake, FR 442, which is a rougher 4WD road that is 2 miles long.

Continue to the right to stay on Sheephorn. You will loop around George Lake and head northwest. After about a mile you will come to another intersection with a better maintained road. The left is Cottonwood Basin, FR 444. Take the right to stay on Sheephorn. After just over a mile you will come to another large intersection. The right is a short spur that deadends, the left is the Cottonwood road, FR 402, which takes you back to Route 11.
Data updated October 14, 2013        4WD Road driven August 31, 2013        Copyright - 2000-2013