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Mountain Biking: Colorado > Grand Mesa, Uncompahgre and Gunnison National Forests > Taylor River Ranger District

Quick Facts

Spring Creek Road #744

Beginning Elevation: 9,970 Feet (3107.9 Meters)
Difficulty: Easy
Elevation Gain: 1,080 Feet (336.7 Meters)
Ending Elevation: 11,050 Feet (3444.5 Meters)
Length: 20.5 Miles (34.17 Kilometers) to a dead end
Other Maps: Trails Illustrated: 131, 132
Recommended Season: Summer to Fall
Road Number: 744
Usage: Heavy
USGS Maps: Pearl Pass, Cement Mountain, Matchless Mountain, Italian Creek

Satellite and Topo Map

General Description

Spring Creek Road branches from Taylor River Road and leads to Spring Creek Reservoir
Copyright: Amy Pyle - Interactive Outdoors, Inc.
Spring Creek Road branches from Taylor River Road and leads to Spring Creek Reservoir
Spring Creek Road, Forest Road 744, begins from the Taylor River Road paved. The pavement lasts approximately two miles until the road enters a canyon with steep walls. Here, the road changes to improved dirt. The road follows Spring Creek through the varied terrain carved by the stream over thousands of years.

After approximately six and a half miles Manganese Road, Forest Road 744.2B, leads east (right) from Spring Creek Road. In another one and a half miles Spring Creek Road intersects with Deadman Road, Forest Road 741.2I. In another mile Doctor Park Road leads east from Spring Creek Road. The road continues to Spring Creek Reservoir, where boating, fishing and camping opportunities abound. One half mile past the reservoir is a fork. The Spring Creek Road follows the left road. The road gradually ascends going along side hills until you reach a dead end.

Directions from Almont: Travel six miles northeast on the Taylor River Road, Forest Road 742, to Spring Creek Road, Forest Road 744.

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Difficulty: Easy
Number of People Encountered: 0-10 ppl
Recommend to a Friend: Highly
Report: This road may be closed by avalanches in the early spring. It is a beautiful sight! We picnic at Spring Creek Reservoir each summer. It is an easily passable passenger-car road unless you go past the reservoir.

Recreation Opportunities
Activity Remarks On Site
ICON Boat Launching Spring Creek Reservoir
ICON Camping Mosca Campground
ICON Cold Water Fishing Spring Creek, Spring Creek Reservoir
ICON Four-Wheel Driving Manganese Road, Doctor Park Road, Rocky Brook Road
ICON Horseback Riding Spring Creek Road
ICON Mountain Biking Spring Creek Road
ICON Motorcycle Riding Spring Creek Road
ICON Viewing Scenery Spring Creek Road

Related Activities
Doctor Park Road #744.2C - Doctor Park Road (744.2C) stems from Spring Creek Road north of Taylor Canyon Road. It provides access to hiking, biking and motorized trails.

Mosca Campground - Mosca Campground is a haven for anglers with a boat ramp and fishing site within its boundaries. There is plenty of terrain for mountain bikers, hikers and four-wheel drivers to enjoy in the area.

Spring Creek - Spring Creek originates on the southwestern flanks of American Flag Mountain in the Elk Mountain Range. It's waters flow southward to Spring Creek Reservoir and on to the Taylor River.

Spring Creek Reservoir - Spring Creek Reservoir lies immediately west of Taylor Park Reservoir amidst 10,000 and 11,000 foot peaks. This lake supports rainbow and brown trout and fair fishing.

More Information

Visitor Information:

Gunnison National Forest, 216 North Colorado , Gunnison, CO, 81230, Phone: 970-641-0471


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