|USGS 7.5' Map:||Parkview Mountain, Radial Mountain|
|Managed by:||Routt National Forest,
Parks Ranger District
|100 N. Main (P.O. Box 158)
Walden, Colorado 80480
|Summary:||Haystake Mountain 4WD road is a long road along the Continental Divide running below Parkview Mountain and Haystack Mountain.|
|Agency - Sept 1 to Nov 15
June - Best
July - Best
August - Best
September - Seasonal Closure
Top of the World, FT 1211.1B - Hike, Pack and Saddle, Mountain Bike
Snyder Creek Loop, FT 1226 - Hike, Pack and Saddle, Mountain Bike, Motorcycle
Porcupine, FT 1226.1B - Hike, Pack and Saddle, Mountain Bike
Parkview Creek, FT 1226.1C - Hike, Pack and Saddle, Mountain Bike, Motorcycle
Haystack Creek, FT 55.1 - Hike, Pack and Saddle, Mountain Bike
|Camping:||There are a few dispersed campsites at the two ends of the Haystack Mountain road.
|Base Camp:||This would be a good area to base camp. Therea are a few other 4WD roads as well as a large network of motorcycle trails.
|Fall Colors:||Poor - Mainly pine forest. Some small aspen groves at the west end of the road.
|Navigation:||From Walden, CO. head south on Main St toward Van Horn Ave for 0.2 miles. Turn right onto Colorado Hwy 125 South/Main St and continue to follow Colorado Hwy 125 South for 30.4 miles. Take a right hand turn onto a gravel road. This is Haystack Mountain, FR730.1, 4WD road.
From Granby, CO. head west on US-40 West/E Agate Ave toward 1st Street and continue to follow US-40 West for 3.0 miles. Turn right onto Colorado Hwy 125 North and go 22.8 miles. Take a left hand turn onto a gravel road. This is Haystack Mountain, FR730.1, 4WD road.
|History:||Troublesome pass, at the end of FR730.1B, was named for the difficulty ranchers experienced from moving their stock along the stock trail through this area. There was once an old wagon road that crossed the pass. The Hayden party suveyed this pass in 1873.
|I have only driven a short section of Haystack Mountain 4WD road from just below Willow Creek Pass to the intersection with FR751. This part of the road is an easy two track following the ridge along Parkview Mountain toward Haystack Mountain.
After leaving pavement you will curve around a switchback passing an intersection on your right with FT1226. After doing another wide switchback you will pass a small campsite on your right.
Just past the campsite you will come to another intersection with FT1226 on your right, and then again on your left. This is a short section of the road that is shared by the trail. The road continues through a heavily forested area.
You will pass another spot where FT1226 crosses the road. After another mile you will come to the intersection with FR751 coming in from the left. Also, on the right will be another intersection with FT1226. In 2023 I ran into some downed trees here and went back to the highway below Willow Creek Pass. Motorcycles are making it past this blockage.
Below description is from viewing Google Earth.
Continuing on the main road you will drop down and cross Parkview Creek, then climb back up onto a ridge off of Parkview Mountain. There will be a campsite on your left and another intersection with FT1226 as well. The road will go for almost two miles passing another intersection with FT1226 on the left and them dropping down to cross the East Branch of Willow Creek. This is another section of road shared by the motorized trail FT1226. Just after crossing the creek you will pass another intersction with FT1226 on you left. From here you will continue west for almost a mile and a half before coming to the intersection with FR735 on your right. Stay to the left and continue south. You will cross a tributary of the East Branch of Willow Creek and then head west passing another spot where FT1226 crosses the road. The road will pass through a thinner forested area before turning south and headding toward Haystack Mountain.
After going over 2.5 miles you will cross the headwaters of a tributary of Willow Creek just below the Continental Divide and head west below Haystack Mountain. The forest will remain thick through this section. You will come to a large intersection with FR106 on you right heading down to follow Willow Creek. Stay to the left and continue on FR730. Shortly you will come to another intersection with FR730.1B on your left. This is a 0.68 mile spur road that goes up to Troublesome Pass and intersects with FT55.1 and FT1211.1B where the spur road ends. Continue on the main road for just under a mile and you will come to the intersection with FR107 on your left. Continue right staying on FR730. You will head through the forest for over three miles before coming to another spot where FT1226 crosses the road. From here the road will head into some aspen groves passing two dispersed campsites on the left. The road will drop down into a small valley and then connect with FR106.
|Data updated: October 28, 2023 4WD Road driven: July 25, 2023 Copyright 4X4Explore.com - 2000-2023|