Wills Reservoir Connector  
USGS 7.5' Map: Independence Mtn
Difficulty: Number: Miles: Altitude: Obstacles: Time:
Easy 4 BLM 25122 2.60 9,200 ft. Mud Holes 1/2 to 1 hour
County: Jackson
Adopted by:      
Managed by: BLM NW District, Kremmling Field Office 2103 E. Park Ave., Kremmling, CO 80459 (970)724-3000
Summary: Wills Reservoir Connector is a short road that connects Wills Reservoir, BLM2512 with Independence Mountain BLM2504.
Natural - Closed by heavy snows.
Best Time: May - Could still be snowed in
June - Best
July - Best
August - Best
September - Best
October - Early snows possible
Trail Heads
Camping: There might be one campsite near Wills Reservoir.
Base Camp: This would be a good area to base camp and explore other 4WD roads around Independence Mountain.
Fall Colors: Poor - Most of this area was burned in the 2016 Beaver Creek Fire.
Navigation: South end start
From Walden, Colorado head north on CO-125 N/Main Street toward Van Horn Ave. Continue to follow CO-125 N for 9.4 miles. Turn left onto Jcrd 6w and go 17.1 miles. Turn right onto County Road 35B and go 1.3 miles. County Road 35B turns left and becomes County Road 35. Go 0.2 miles and turn right to stay on County Road 35. Go 1.9 miles and turn left onto BLM25122.

North end start
From Walden, Colorado head north on CO-125 N/Main Street toward Van Horn Ave. Continue to follow CO-125 N for 13.4 miles. Turn left to stay on CO-125 N and go 8.8 miles. Continue onto WY-230 W and go 2.3 miles. Turn left onto Big Creek Road/Holroyd Road and go 3.1 miles. Turn left and go 0.8 miles. Turn right and go 1.9 miles crossing back into Colorado continuing on BLM25122.
Starting from the south end off of Independence Mountain BLM2504, you will be on a narrow two track that heads into an area of the forest that was burned in 2016.
South end start

photo by:
Adam M

There is new vegetation starting to grow along the road and the two track is somewhat faint as it does not receive much traffic.
Point group turned around

photo by:
Adam M

There are some short deep mud holes at the start of the road with little room to maneuver in the dense trees where the fire did not burn as much. Due to some heavy rain and having a full size Ram pickup with us we did not continue very far on this road.

Following is a description based on Google Earth.

The road will continue northeast going through some vegetated areas before coming out into the open where the fire has burnt most of the trees. You will continue to follow a low ridge and the cross over it to head more north. The vegetation will increase as you head north passing a possible campsite on your left. The road will come out of the trees and run along a sharp ridge above Sixmile Creek with long views out to the east. Heading back into the trees the road will pass the mostly marshy Wills Reservoir and then loop around to the north of the reservoir. The road gets faint as it heads into some aspen groves and then turns more north passing the headwaters of Holroyd Creek. The road will run along the east side of Holroyd Creek for over a mile up on a bench zig zagging in and out of the landscape contours before coming to an intersection with a short spur road on the left and right. Just past this intersection you will cross into Wyoming onto the Merrill Road, FR498.1A.
Data updated - December 30, 2023     4WD Road driven - September 3, 2023     Copyright 4X4Explore.com - 2000-2024