Woods Lake  
USGS 7.5' Map: Crooked Creek Pass
Difficulty: Number: Miles: Altitude: Obstacles: Time:
Easy 1 FR507 1.65 9,400 ft. NA 1/2 hour
County: Eagle
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Managed by: White River National Forest, Sopris District 620 Main Street, Carbondale, CO 81623 (970)963-2266
Summary: Woods Lake road is a short spur road off of Crooked Creek Pass that ends at the private Woods Lake.
Attractions: Camping
Agency - November 23 to June 13
Best Time: June - Late in month
July - Best
August - Best
September - Best
October - Watch for early snowstorms
Trail Heads
Eagle Lake, FT1915 - Hike, Equestrian
Slim Jim, FT1928 - Hike, Equestrian
Camping: There are a few dispersed sites along the start of the road.
Base Camp: This would be a good place to base camp and explore roads along the south side of Crooked Creek Pass.
Fall Colors: Good - The north side of the valley is all aspen trees.
Navigation: From Basalt, CO. head northeast on 2 Rivers Road toward Hillcrest Drive for 1.7 miles. Turn left onto Homestead Drive and go 0.6 miles. Turn left onto Frying Pan Road and go 19.4 miles. Continue onto County Road 4 for 5.1 miles. Turn left onto Eagle-Thomasville Road (Crooked Creek Pass) and go 2.7 miles. Turn left onto Brush Creek Rd/Eagle-Thomasville Road and go 5.5 miles. Turn right onto FR507, Woods Lake Road.

From Eagle, CO. head southwest toward Grand Avenue for 463 feet. Turn left onto Capitol Street and go 0.8 miles. Turn left onto Brush Creek Road and go 1.0 mile. Turn left to stay on Brush Creek Road and go 8.8 miles. Turn right to stay on Brush Creek Road and go 7.4 miles. Turn left onto Brush Creek Road/Eagle-Thomasville Road and continue to follow Eagle-Thomasville Road for 4.7 miles. Turn right onto Brush Creek Road/Eagle-Thomasville Road and go 1.1 miles. Turn left onto Woods Lake road, FR507.
History: Drawing some of its initial visitors from among the guests of the Colorado Hotel in Glenwood Springs, the Woods Lake Resort encompasses approximately 300 acres of valley land surrounded by the White River National Forest. Two manmade lakes are joined by a connecting stream. The lakes were consistently stocked with trout, making the resort a popular fishing destination. Most of the 41 log buildings and structures were constructed in the early 1900s by founding owner Peter Engelbrecht who operated the resort until 1933.
The Woods Lake road starts off of the Crooked Creek Pass road near Little Lime Creek. The road is graded and climbs up a small ridge bringing you into the Lime Creek drainage. You will cross a wide valley heading northeast.
Looking east up the valley

photo by:
Adam M

After approximately a quarter mile you will pass the Burnt Mountain, FR506, road on your right. Stay left and head up the valley. The road will run along the aspen trees on the north side of the valley. You will pass a small dispersed campsite on the right and then come to a parking area for the Eagle Lake Trail, FT1915, on the left. Just past this parking area you will cross Lime Creek and pass the Slim Jim Trail, FT1928, on your right. In less than a tenth of a mile you will come to a fenceline for the Woods Lake Ranch with Woods Lake straight ahead.
Data updated - December, 31, 2021      4WD Road driven - September 5, 2021      Copyright 4X4Explore.com - 2000-2022