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Quick Facts

Ohio Creek Road

Beginning Elevation: 7,810 Feet (2381 Meters) Highway 135
Difficulty: Easy
Elevation Gain: 2,444 Feet (745 Meters)
Ending Elevation: 9,898 Feet (3017 Meters) Kebler Pass
High Point: 10,076 Feet (3140.9 Meters) summit Ohio Pass
Length: 23.5 Miles (37.8 Kilometers) to the Gunnison National Forest Boundary (Road continues as Paradise Basin Road, White River National Forest)
Other Maps: Trails Illustrated 132, 133, 134
Recommended Season: Late Summer to Fall
Road Number: 730
Usage: Heavy in Summer

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General Description

Ohio Creek Road, Forest Road 730, stems from Highway 135 two and a half miles north of Gunnison. It leads northwestward 23.5 miles to join Kebler Pass Road, County Road 12. Along this route there are many recreation facilities for hiking, four-wheel driving, dispersed camping, backpacking, horseback riding and scenic driving. This is a narrow gravel road that isn't suitable for large RVs and boat trailers. Winter maintenance is not provided on Ohio Creek Road. The area west of Ohio Creek Road is designated as the West Elk Wilderness, one of the best places in Colorado to find solitude on a hiking or horseback riding adventure.

This route travels the length of the Ohio Creek Valley. It was first used by the Ute Indians as a summer hunting ground before the valley was settled by miners. Today the Ohio Creek Valley is used by recreation enthusiasts of many types. Its a great place to see the Colorado wildflowers in bloom and the golden hue of aspen trees in autumn.

Directions from Gunnison: Travel north on Highway 135 two and a half miles to the turnoff for Ohio Creek Road, Forest Road 730.

Directions from Crested Butte: Travel west on Kebler Pass, County Road 12, approximately six miles to Ohio Creek Road, which is well marked.

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Recreation Opportunities
Activity Remarks On Site
ICON Dispersed Camping Ohio Creek Road
ICON Cross-country Skiing Ohio Creek Road
ICON Automobile Travel Ohio Creek Road
ICON Wildflower Identification Ohio Creek Road
ICON Motorcycle Riding Carbon Creek Road, Carbon Creek-Red Mountain Road, Railroad Grade Road
ICON Scenic Driving Ohio Creek Road
ICON Backcountry Skiing Ohio Creek Road
ICON Snowmobiling Ohio Creek Road
ICON Viewing Scenery Ohio Creek Road

Related Activities
Beaver Ponds - These beautiful ponds are surrounded with aspen trees and scenic views. The fishing is rated as fair.

Beaver Ponds Trail - This is an easy, half-mile hike that's good to do with children. It winds through aspen forest that are lovely during late September.

Carbon Creek Road #737 - The road is usually passable by two wheel drive vehicles and follows Carbon Creek for the entire distance.

Carbon-Red Mountain Road # 563 - Carbon-Red Mountain Road breaks from Carbon Creek Road on the southeastern flanks of Carbon Peak. The road eventually makes a loop and returns to Carbon Creek Road.

Mill Castle Trail - This trail goes through rugged terrain, but is one of the most scenic trails in the West Elk Wilderness.

Mill Creek - Mill Creek offers some of the most breathtaking scenery in the West Elk Wilderness as well as, a well defined trail to it's headwaters.

Pass Creek Trailhead - Pass Creek Trailhead lies on Ohio Creek Road approximately three and a half miles south of Ohio Pass. Swampy Pass Trail, 439, leads westward from the trailhead into the West Elk Wilderness.

More Information

Visitor Information:

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


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