Twisty Beaver  
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USGS 7.5' Map: Pearl, Davis Peak
Statistics:
Difficulty: Number: Miles: Altitude: Obstacles: Time:
Easy 2 FR 689 3.17 9200 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
(970)723-2700
Summary: Twisty Beaver is a short easy 4WD road near Pearl, Colorado.
Attractions: NA
Seasonal
Closure:
Natural - Closed by heavy snows
Best Time: June - Best
July - Best
August - Best
September - Best
October - Early snows possible
Trail Heads
Accessed:
 
Camping: There are dispersed campsites around Beaver Creek on the west end of the road, and one toward the middle of the road.
Base Camp: This would be a good area to base camp and explore the roads and trails around Big Creek Lake like Vassar, FR681.
Fall Colors: Poor - Mostly pine forest.
Navigation: From Cowdrey, CO, head west on Jcrd 6w for 18.7 miles. Turn left onto Jcrd 6a and go 4.9 miles. Turn right onto Jcrd 3/FR689.
History: The Wheeler brothers had settled in the Big Creek area in the late 1880's. In 1889 Pearl Wheeler became the first postmistress and the town was named after her. The post office remained open until 1919. The mines around Pearl included the Wolverine, Grand Republic, Lizzie, and Copper King. In 1903 the Zirkel silver mine was discovered which contained a large vein of silver. In 1894 copper ore was discovered, but had little value at the time. After five years, in 1900, Charles Knapp bought the claim and created the Pearl Mining and Semlting Company. By 1902 the town of Pearl had a city government with over twenty structures including a town hall, post office, school, two saloons, three hotels, a meat market and three stores. With the quality of the ore around Pearl a smelter was constructed between 1901 and 1905. Today the remaining homes of Pearl and the smelter are on private property, but they can be viewed from the county road.

Jessen, Kenneth Ghost Towns Colorado Style, Volumn 1, 1st ed. Loveland, Colorado: J.V. Publications, 1998. Print.
Wolle, Muriel Sibell Stampede to Timberline Athens, Ohio: Swallow Press, 1949. Print.
Eberhart, Perry Guide to the Colorado Ghost Towns and Mining Camps Athens, Ohio: Swallow Press, 1959. Print.
Description:
The east side of Twisty Beaver starts off of the road to Big Creek Lakes, FR600/CR6A. The road is graded as it heads along the side of Twisty Park, a marshy area off of the South Fork of Big Creek. You will cross private property right away as the park and a valley to the north are not public lands.
East end

photo by:
Adam M

The road will turn north and pass back onto public lands as it climbs up out of the small valley. At the top of the low rolling hills the road will turn back west again.
Middle section

photo by:
Adam M

After a short distance you will pass a small spur road on the right that goes to a campsite. Continuing west you will head through the forest for a bit before coming to another intersection. The road on the left is FR689.1A which is a half mile spur that heads down to Beaver Creek where there are a few dispersed campsites. The road on the right is FR688 which goes just over a half mile before ending. The main road continues straight ahead and will stay higher up above Beaver Creek before dropping down to cross the creek and connect with Vassar, FR681.
Data updated - January 13, 2024       4WD Road driven - September 3, 2023       Copyright 4X4Explore.com - 2000-2024