Wahl  
Maps/GPS:                      
USGS 7.5' Map: Jefferson
Statistics:
Difficulty: Number: Miles: Altitude: Obstacles: Time:
Easy 3 FR809 4.30 10,520 ft. N/A 1-2 hours
County: Park
Adopted by:      
Managed by: Pike National Forest,
South Platte Ranger District

Pike National Forest,
South Park Ranger District
19316 Goddard Ranch Court
Morrison, CO 80465

P.O. Box 219, 320 Hwy 285
Fairplay, Colorado 80440
303-275-5610


(719) 836-2031

Summary: Wahl is an easy 4WD road that skirts private property and climbs over a ridge between Guernsey Gulch and Beaver Creek.
Attractions: Camping
Seasonal
Closure:
Natural - Closed by seasonal snow fall.
Best Time: June - May still have snow on road.
July - Best
August - Best
September - Best
October - Possible first snows on road.
Trail Heads
Accessed:
Colorado Trail, Trail 1776 - Hike, Mountain Bike, Equestrian
Camping: There are quite a few dispersed sites along the lower section of the road.
Base Camp: This would be a good place to base camp and explore the roads around Kenosha Pass.
Fall Colors: Good - The first half of the road travels through many aspen groves.
Navigation: From Bailey, CO head northwest on US Hwy 285 S toward Main Street and go 23.0 miles. Turn right onto Michigan Creek Road and go 2.0 miles. Turn right onto Jefferson Lake Road and go 1.3 miles. Turn right onto the Deadman road, FR427, just before the Jefferson Lake entrance station and go 1.12 miles. After crossing the creek turn right onto the Wahl road.

From Fairplay, CO head southeast on Main Street toward 6th Street for 0.5 miles. Turn left onto US Hwy 285 N and go 15.9 miles. Turn left onto Michigan Creek Road and go 2.0 miles. Turn right onto Jefferson Lake Road and go 1.3 miles. Turn right onto the Deadman road, FR427, just before the Jefferson Lake entrance station and go 1.12 miles. After crossing the creek turn right onto the Wahl road.

History:  
Description:
After crossing the creek in Deadman Gulch you will head into aspen trees and pass a spur road on the left and right that both go to campsites. Continue straight ahead. The road will be about a lane and a half wide with some small pot holes.

Crossing creek in Deadman Gulch

photo by:
Adam Mehlberg


Heading into the aspens

photo by:
Adam Mehlberg

Continue through the aspens and you will pass two more campsites on the right and then come out into a wide open area with a campsite on the left in a small aspen grove. Continue across the open meadow toward a fence line. The road will turn a bit and climb over a small rocky hill, and then drop down into another large open area. You will follow the fence line and them come to a spur road on the left, FR809A, which goes up onto a small ridge accessing three campsites. Stay right and the road will leave the fence line and continue across the open area. The MVUM shows a spur road on the left, FR809B, along here, but it has revegetated.

Looking back toward Jefferson Hill

photo by:
Adam Mehlberg

You will head back into the aspens and pass two more camp sites on the left and then make a large curve passing a spur road on the right, FR809C, which goes a short distance and ends at private property.

Looking southeast toward bottom of Kenosha Pass

photo by:
Adam Mehlberg

Continue left and the road will head north into the aspens again following the creek in Guernsey Gulch. You will then cross the Colorado Trail as you continue up the gulch.

Section along Guernsey Gulch

photo by:
Adam Mehlberg

After a while in the aspens you will come out into a long open meadow along Guernsey Creek with a camp site on the left. Continue along the creek and you will come to a large intersection. The road to the left continuing up the gulch, and the road to the right, is Guernsey, FR810. Take the road in the center that heads up a side gulch into the pines. The road will narrow up and be a two track.

Road above Guernsey Gulch

photo by:
Adam Mehlberg

The road will climb up to the top of the ridge and come out into a small open area.

Close to top of ridge

photo by:
Adam Mehlberg

From here the road will head down toward Beaver Creek making a broad curve through the pine forest as it crosses over onto the South Platte Ranger District.

Upper road

photo by:
Adam Mehlberg

You will come to an intersection with T-Pit, FR811A, which ends the Wahl road.

Section on South Platte District

photo by:
Adam Mehlberg

Data updated - August 29, 2022     4WD Road driven - August 3, 2022     Copyright 4X4Explore.com - 2000-2022