St. Louis Creek  
USGS 7.5' Map: Fraser, Bottle Pass
Difficulty: Number: Miles: Altitude: Obstacles: Time:
Graded FR160 6.41 9,500 ft. NA 1 hour
County: Grand
Adopted by:      
Managed by: Arapaho National Forest,
Sulphur Ranger District
9 Ten Mile Drive, P.O. Box 10
Granby, Colorado 80446

Summary: St. Louis Creek is a graded road that follows St. Louis Creek. There are many mountain bike trails along the road.
Attractions: Camping, Trailhead
Agency - Nov 16 to Jun 14 (part)
Best Time: June - Upper part may have drifts
July - Best
August - Best
September - Best
October - Early snows possible
Trail Heads
Creekside, FT61 - Hike, Horseback, Mountain Bike
Tipperary Creek, FT68 - Hike, Horseback, Mountain Bike
Leland Creek Trailhead
St. Louis Creek winter Trailhead
St. Louis Creek Trailhead
St. Louis Lake Trailhead
Camping: There are two forest service campgrounds along the road.
Base Camp: This would be a good area to base camp and explore the 4WD roads around Fraser.
Fall Colors: Poor - Mostly pine forest with some aspen along the northeast end.
Navigation: From Fraser, CO. head west on Eisenhower Drive toward Railroad Ave for 0.3 miles. Eisenhower Drive turns left and becomes Carriage Road. Go 0.1 miles. Carriage Road turns right and becomes County Road 73. Go 1.8 miles to where the forest service boundary is. The road becomes St. Louis Creek road.
Starting from the northeast end, the road is the graded extension of County Road 73. You will pass under a power line and pass the Creekside Trail parking area at the Forest Service boundary. The road will run through some open aspen and pine forest with St. Louis Creek on your left.
Northeast end of the road

photo by:
Adam M

You will come to a spur road on the left that goes to the St. Louis Creek campground. It also goes to the St. Louis Creek winter parking area. The main road will continue southwest. The road will head into a more forested area as it gets closer to St. Louis Creek. You will pass the Tipperary Creek trail on your right and then come into an open area. The large parking area on the left is the Leland Creek Trailhead. The road to the left that crosses the creek is the Leland Creek, FR159, road. Just past this road, on the right, is a spur road to the St. Louis Creek Trailhead parking area. Continue straight ahead. This section of the road is seasonally closed. You will pass three roads on the right that go into the Fraser Experimental Forest Head Quarters.

From here the road will continue following, fairly close, to St. Louis Creek as it heads southwest. You will come to an intersection with FR163 coming in on the left. Continue right staying on the main road. The valley will open up a bit as you continue along St. Louis Creek. Next you will come to a road on your left that goes into the Byers Creek Campground. Stay on the main road and you will come to a switchback, followed by a second switchback with a road heading off to the right, this is FR164. Continue left around the switchback following St. Louis Creek. The road will climb a bit above the creek as it heads into the pines. The road will head back closer to the creek and you will come to a short spur to the left that goes to a water diversion head gate. The road to the right will end at the St. Louis Lake trailhead.
Data updated - November 12, 2022     4WD Road driven - September 3, 2022     Copyright - 2000-2022