|Arapaho Creek South Fork|
|USGS 7.5' Map:||Whiteley Peak, Spicer Peak, Buffalo Peak|
|Managed by:||Routt National Forest,
Parks Ranger District
|100 N. Main (P.O. Box 158)
Walden, Colorado 80480
|Summary:||Arapaho Creek South Fork is an easy 4WD road that passes the Slack-Weiss Reservoir and climbs up toward Little Haystack Mountain.|
|Natural - Closed by heavy snows
June - Possible snow drifts
July - Best
August - Best
September - Best
October - Early snows possible
|Hyannis Trailhead (Arapaho Ridge, FT1135) - Hike, Horse|
|Camping:||There are dispersed sites all along the northe end of the road.|
|Base Camp:||This would be a good area to base camp and explore the roads around Chimney Rock and Haystack Mountain.|
|Fall Colors:||Good - Most of the aspen groves are along the north end of the road.|
|Navigation:||From Walden, CO. head south on Main Street toward LaFever Street for 394 feet. Turn right onto CO-125 S/CO-14 W and go 1.2 miles. Turn right onto CO-14 W and go 16.2 miles. Turn left onto CR28 and go 0.40 miles. Continue on CR28 for 0.50 miles. Take a slight right onto CR11 and go 6.5 miles. County Road 11 will become FR700.
From Kremmling, CO. head west on US-40 W/Park Ave toward 5th Street. Continue to follow US-40 W for 15.4 miles. Turn right onto CR 27/FR 103 and go 6.9 miles. Keep left to continue on CR27/FR103 and go 2.9 miles. Turn right onto FR700.
|Starting from the south end off of the Chimney Rock, FR103, road you will be in a heavily forested area. The road will be a lane and a half wide maintained road.
Right after starting FR700 you will pass an intersection with a road on the right, Arapaho Divide, FR104, which climbs along the Continental Divide to the east ending after 12.3 miles. Continuing to the left, you will make a sharp turn to the right and you will be crossing the Continental Divide. The road will continue through the forest crossing the head of Indian Creek. The road will continue through the pines heading northwest and then east where it will cross a low saddle. At this sharp turn there will be a campsite on the left. You will now be crossing the head of the South Fork of Arapaho Creek. The road will head out into a more open area with some limited views.
You will head down toward the South Fork of Arapaho Creek and cross the creek, then head up into another small saddle where the forest will open up again. There will be another campsite on the left side of the road here. After making a curve to the right you will head down to the creek again between two small hills. The road will make sharp hairping turn to the right. At this hairping turn there will be a road on the left, FR700.2C, that heads west for 1.98 miles. It will connect with FR713, which is only a quarter mile long that goes to an area that was thinned. Continue around the hairpin turn and you will cross the creek oned again. The road will climb up a bit and come out into an open area with Little Haystack Mountain on the right side of the road to the south. The road will head into the trees again and then come to a four way intersection. The road on the left is FR700.2A which goes back to the west for just over a half mile. The road on the right is FR700.2B which goes a quarter of a mile to an area that is used for gravel or road material. Stay straight ahead throgh some more open areas before droping down to cross another creek.
The road will continue east passing a spur road on the left that is gated. Continue ahead into the forest making a few wide curves. You will come to another road on the right, FR701, which goes back toward Little Haystack Mountain. Continue left and you will drop down into the valley of the Middle Fork of Arapaho Creek. After crossing the creek you will come to a small parking area on the left side of the road. This is the Hyannis Trailhead. The Arapaho Ridge Trail, FT1135, is on the other side of the road going up the Middle Fork of Arapaho Creek below Hyannis Peak. It will climb up the saddle between Hyannis Peak and Arapaho Ridge, then run north along Arapaho Ridge. Continue on the road around a sweeping curve to the left which will cross the East Fork of Arapaho Ridge. After crossing the creek you will pass an intersection with a road on the right, FR705, which goes over a half mile up the East Fork of Arapaho Creek to a campsite. Stay left and the road will head into a small open area called Bundy Park.
As you head back into the forest again you will pass a road on the left, FR704, which heads west over to Finger Lake. Continue to the right and you will come to another road on the left, FR700.2F, which goes 0.45 miles into some small aspen groves. Stay to the right and you will immediately pass another campsite on the right. The road will head into some aspens and then you will pass another campsite on the right. The road will head through a mix of pines and aspen as it continues to the northwest. After a while you will pass another campsite on the right and then you will come around the edge of Flat Lake. After going around this small lake you will pass a campsite on the right that is along the shore of the lake. The road will continue into the forest again and you will pass another campsite on the left in the aspens. Continuing you will pass another campsite on the left and then head through small open areas among the aspen groves. You will pass another campsite on the left in an open area before the road head into some pines. The road will continue north through aspens and pines before coming to a campsite on the left. Just past this you will pass a long campsite on the right that is on the shore of the Slack-Weiss Reservoir.
The road will run along a low hill between you and the reservoir through some aspens. You will come to a road on the right the heads back and up the small hill to another campsite above the reservoir. Continue on the main road and you will make a sweeping curve to the right passing a road on the left, Ninegar, FR702, which goes about a mile to the west across an open meadow. Continue around the curve and you will come to a long parking area along the shore of the reservoir. The road will head east along the shore of the reservoir before going through some aspens. You will pass a two track on the right, FR700.2E, which goes a mile and a half to the southeast through the forest to Two Ledge Reservoir. Staying on the main road you will continue through aspen forests until you come to a cattle guard. This is where you leave Forest Service lands and County Road 11 starts.
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