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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
ICON Four-Wheel Driving Thompson Creek Four-Wheel Drive Road
ICON Horseback Riding Thompson Creek Road
ICON Mountain Biking Thompson Creek Road
ICON ATV Riding Thompson Creek Road
ICON Motorcycle Riding Thompson Creek Road
ICON Snowmobiling Thompson Creek Road, Four Mile General Forest Area
ICON Snowshoeing Thompson Creek Road, Four Mile General Forest Area

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:

Glenwood Springs Chamber Resort Association, 1102 Grand Ave. , Glenwood Springs, CO, 81601, Phone: 888-4GLENWOOD, www.glenscape.com


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