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Mountain Biking: Colorado > White River National Forest > Sopris Ranger District

Quick Facts

Thompson Creek Road

Beginning Elevation: 7,808 Feet (2433.9 Meters) at branch of #305 from #108
Difficulty: Moderate two-wheel drive to stream crossing, four-wheel drive afterward -slippery when wet
Elevation Gain: 632 Feet (197.0 Meters) road #305
Elevation Gain: 232 Feet (72.3 Meters) road #306
Ending Elevation: 8,440 Feet (2630.9 Meters) road #305
Length, One-way: 12.1 Miles (20.17 Kilometers)
Length, One-way: 6.3 Miles (10.5 Kilometers) road #306
Usage: Moderate


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General Description

Thompson Creek Road provides access for many hiking and biking trails including the following: South Thompson, Lake Ridge Lakes, Mid Thompson, South Branch of Mid Thompson and Dexter Park. This area is primarily used by bicyclists, horseback riders and hunters. It passes through aspen groves and crosses many small streams.

Thompson Creek Road is impassable when wet, so do not drive it if rain is in the forecast. The road is accessible to two-wheel drive vehicles until reaching the stream crossing at Middle Thompson. Users will need a high-clearance four-wheel drive to cross the stream and for the road afterward. Continue driving 3.9 miles on road #305 until you reach a fork in the road. Take the right fork to access road #306 and Mid Thompson, the South Branch of Mid Thompson, Dexter Park and Lake Ridge Lake Trails. Take the left fork to stay on road #305 to access South Thompson.

Directions from Carbondale: From Carbondale follow road #108 west past the stoplight. Follow road #108 for 7.5 miles and turn left on to Mid Thompson Creek Road #305.

Seasonal Information:
Normally Accessible: May through September (NOTE: Snow may obstruct the trail during the Spring, Winter and Fall months.) .



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Recreation Opportunities
Activity Remarks On Site
ICON Cross-country Skiing Thompson Creek Road, Four Mile General Forest Area
Yes
ICON Four-Wheel Driving Thompson Creek Four-Wheel Drive Road
Yes
ICON Horseback Riding Thompson Creek Road
Yes
ICON Mountain Biking Thompson Creek Road
Yes
ICON ATV Riding Thompson Creek Road
Yes
ICON Motorcycle Riding Thompson Creek Road
Yes
ICON Snowmobiling Thompson Creek Road, Four Mile General Forest Area
Yes
ICON Snowshoeing Thompson Creek Road, Four Mile General Forest Area
Yes



Related Activities
Braderich Creek Trail - This trail travels through open meadows and aspen. It is an easy hike, but there is very little water along the way. Be sure and treat any water that you may drink.

Dexter Park Trail - The trail starts out through a pine forest, then opens up into large meadows on the top. This trail makes a pleasant day trip to the top to view Coal basin and back.

Lake Ridge Lakes Trail - This trail has some great views of Mt. Sopris and surrounding areas.

Mid Thompson Trail - You travel through aspens and meadows with some wild flowers. Horses use the area all year long, especially during the fall hunting seasons.

South Thompson Trail - This is a popular bike loop route from Carbondale to Redstone. There is very little water along the trail.



More Information

Visitor Information:

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Aspen Alps, 700 Ute Ave. , Aspen, Colorado, 81611, Phone: 877-711-0522, Fax: 970-920-2522

Aspen Meadows Resort, 845 Meadows Road , Aspen, Colorado, 81611, Phone: 800-452-4240 or 800-452-4240

Aspen Mountain Lodge, 311 West Main Street , Aspen, Colorado, 81611, Phone: 970-925-7650 or 800-362-7736, Fax: 970-925-5744, aml@aspenmountainlodge.com

Aspen Square Condominium Hotel, 617 East Cooper Street , Aspen, Colorado, 81611, Phone: 970-925-1000 or 800-470-0530

Hotel Aspen, 110 Main Street , Aspen, Colorado, 81611, Phone: 888-738-8492, info@hotelaspen.com

Hotel Durant, 122 East Durant , Aspen, Colorado, 81611, Phone: 877-438-7268 or 970-925-8500, Fax: 970-925-8789

Hotel Jerome, 330 East Main Street , Aspen, Colorado, 81611, Phone: 877-916-5430 , Fax: 970-920-2050, jerome.info@aubergeresorts.com

Independence Square Hotel/Frias Properties, 404 S. Galena Street , Aspen, Colorado, 81611, Phone: 800-542-7736, Fax: 970-925-2006

Inn at Aspen/Aspen Administrative Office, 38750 Highway 82 , Aspen, Colorado, 81611, Phone: 970-925-1500 or 844-997-8727, aspeninfo@wynvr.com

Limelight Hotel, 355 S. Monarch Street , Aspen, Colorado, 81611, Phone: 855-925-3025 or 970-925-3025, Fax: 970-925-5120, info@limelighthotel.com

Molly Gibson Lodge, 101 West Main Street , Aspen, Colorado, 81611, Phone: 970-925-3434 or 888-271-2304, Fax: 970-925-2582, info@mollygibson.com

Mountain Chalet Aspen, 333 East Durant Avenue , Aspen, Colorado, 81611, Phone: 970-925-7797, Fax: 888-925-7798, res@mca.travel

Residence Hotel, 305 S Galena St. , Aspen, Colorado, 81611, Phone: 970-315-2977, reservations@aspenresidence.com

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Sky Hotel, 709 E. Durant Avenue , Aspen, Colorado, 81611, Phone: 970-925-6760 or 800-882-2582, Fax: 970-925-6778

Snow Queen Lodge, 124 E. Cooper Ave , Aspen, Colorado, 81623, Phone: 970-925-8455, Fax: 970-925-7391, sqlodge@rof.net

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The Crestwood Condominiums, 400 Wood Road , Snowmass Village, Colorado, 81615, Phone: 970-923-2450 or 800-356-5949, res@thecrestwood.com

The Gant, 610 S W End Ave , Aspen, Colorado, 81611, Phone: 970-925-5000, Fax: 970-925-6891

The Innsbruck, 233 W. Main St. , Aspen, colorado, 81611, Phone: 866-925-2980

The Little Nell Hotel, 675 E. Durant Ave. , Aspen, Colorado, 81611, Phone: 970-920-4600, Concierge@thelittlenell.com

Tyrolean Lodge, 200 West Main Street , Aspen, Colorado, 81611, Phone: 970-925-4595 or 888-220-3809, Fax: 970-925-4598, stay@tyroleanlodge.com

Asie, 413 Main St. , Aspen, Colorado, 81623, Phone: 970-920-9988

Brexi Brasserie, 411 S. Monarch St. , Aspen, Colorado, 81611, Phone: 970-925-2838, Fax: 970-429-4348

Gwyn's High Alpine Restaurant, P.O. Box 6400 , Snowmass Village, Colorado, 81615, Phone: 970-923-5188

Grateful Deli, 223 E. Main Street , Aspen, Colorado, 81611, Phone: 970-925-6647

New York Pizza, 409 E. Hyman Ave , Aspen, Colorado, 81611, Phone: 970-920-3088

Sam's Smokehouse, On Mountain , Snowmass Mountain, Colorado, 81615, Phone: 970-923-8686

Stew Pot, 62 Elbert Lane , Snowmass Village, Colorado, 81615, Phone: 970-923-2263

Taster's Aspen, 455 Rio Grande Pl , Aspen, Colorado, 81611, Phone: 970-925-1952

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