Road Hog  
USGS 7.5' Map: Dudley Creek, West Fork Lake
Difficulty: Number: Miles: Altitude: Obstacles: Time:
Easy 3 FR 82 2.40 8700 ft. NA 0.5 hour
County: Jackson
Adopted by:      
Managed by: Routt National Forest,
Parks Ranger District
100 N. Main (P.O. Box 158)
Walden, Colorado 80480
Summary: Road Hog is an easy 4WD road near the Colorado and Wyoming border by the Encampment River. It has a spur road that goes to the Hog Park Guard Station near the Mount Zirkel Wilderness.
Attractions: Trailhead
Natural - Closed by heavy snows
Best Time: June - Best, might be snow
July - Best
August - Best
September - Best
October - Early snows possible
Trail Heads
Main Fork, FT1152 - Hike, Horseback, Mountain Bike (only outside the wilderness)
Camping: There are two dispersed campsites on the main road, and more around the Encampment trailhead at the end of FR82.1A.
Base Camp: This would be a good area to base camp and explore the roads and trails around Colorado and Wyoming border.
Fall Colors: Poor - Mostly pine forest.
Navigation: From Cowdrey, CO, head west on Jcrd 6w and go 20.4 miles. Slight left onto Jcr6B and go 8.6 miles. Continue straight to stay on Jcr6B and go 9.2 miles. Enter Wyoming and the road becomes FR496, go 0.1 miles. Turn left onto Road Hog, FR82.

From Hahns Peak, CO, head northwest on County Road 129 toward Lucky Camp Lane for 5.2 miles. Turn right onto Forest Road 550 and go 3.8 miles. Slight left onto US Forest Service Road 501 and go 1.8 miles. Turn right onto Forest Road 501 and go 1.3 miles. Slight left onto Forest Road 550 and go 2.4 miles. Turn left to stay on Forest Road 550 and go 13.7 miles. Turn right onto Forest Road 496 and go 3.9 miles. Turn right onto Road Hog, FR82.
Starting just over the Colorado and Wyoming border in Wyoming, the road will be a nice single lane gravel road that passes a dispersed campsite on the left. The road will head into the forest crossing back into Colorado and pass another dispersed campsite on the left.
Start of road

photo by:
Adam M

Shortly you will pass a spur road on the left, FR82.1A, that goes just under a half mile to the Encampment Trailhead where there are campsites and the Main Fork, FT1152, trail. Stay to the right on the main road which will head south through the forest and become less traveled. When the road starts to head west the forest will thin out due to previous thinning project. There will be a few forested section that you will drive through and then you will come to an intersection. The road on the left is the Ellis Jeep Trail, FR499, which is a recent reroute of the old Ellis Jeep Trail. Stay to the left and the road will head into an open area that was recently thinned and then end at the edge of the forest that has not been thinned.
Data updated - January 15, 2024       4WD Road driven - September 3, 2023       Copyright - 2000-2024