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Quick Facts

Red Table / Red Creek Loop

Average Time: 6 Hours
Beginning Elevation: 6,800 Feet (2119.7 Meters)
Difficulty: More Difficult to Most Difficult
Elevation Gain, One-way: 5,113 Feet (1593.8 Meters)
High Point: 11,800 Feet (3678.3 Meters) approx.
Length, One-way: 50 Miles (83.33 Kilometers)
Recommended Season: July-September
Road Number: FDR 514 & FDR 425
Usage: Light
USGS Maps: Suicide Mtn.; Cottonwood Pass; Leon;Toner Reservoir; Red Creek




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General Description

Fall colors on Cottonwood Pass
Copyright: - US Forest Service
Fall colors on Cottonwood Pass
Looking for a four-wheel drive road that offers spectacular scenic and panoramic views, big game sightings and carpets of colorful wildflowers? The Red Table/Red Creek Loop is the road for you. The road receives minimal use due to the difficulty of the road. It is also a good road for mountain bikers. Hikers can find the Mount Thomas trail along the drive.

Navigation:
After turning onto County Road 10A, travel 11 miles and take a left onto the Red Table 4-wheel drive road, FDR 514, just before Cottonwood Pass. There is parking at the beginning of Red Table Road for vehicles and trailers. This road which follows the ridge top of Red Table Mountain is moderately rough with some narrow spots and rocks. It travels through aspen at first, then spruce/fir forest and into alpine meadows. The last mile or so of FDR 514 is difficult shelf driving. The road is built on loose rock that slants to the outside. Often times rocks need to be cleared from this section before continuing on. Take a left just after the switchbacks and before the Red Table Road ends on Red Creek Road, FDR 425. This road begins in dense spruce/fir forest and descends into aspen following the Red Creek drainage. The Red Creek road is very steep and narrow in areas with many large protruding rocks. The middle 2-3 miles are slow-going, only 5 mph at most. Once completing the 8.8 miles of FDR 425, it ends at the Gypsum Creek Road. Take a left and continue north to town. The average time of the 50 mile loop takes about 6 hours.

SCENERY
All along the Red Table Mountain ridge top, there are spectacular panoramic views. The Gypsum Creek drainage, a series of cirque lakes, and the sky scraping Sawatch Mountain Range are visible to the northeast. To the southwest, the Roaring Fork Valley, Ruedi Reservoir and the Maroon Bells near Aspen, are in view.

WILDLIFE
There are good chances of spotting big game such as elk or mule deer in the meadows or aspen woods of Red Table Mountain. Yellow-bellied marmots, golden-mantled ground squirrels and least chipmunks are common in the rocky areas.

WILDFLOWERS
The road winds through woods of evergreens, timberline and alpine meadows. Many species of brilliant-colored alpine wildflowers are found along the mountain ridge top.

For more information on the Red Table/Red Creek Loop, or the Mount Thomas trail please contact the Eagle Ranger District (970) 328-6388.

Directions from Eagle: Take I-70 7 miles west of Eagle and get off at the Gypsum exit (#140). Take a left into Gypsum, then a right at the Forest Access sign onto Gypsum Creek Road, FDR 412. Travel 2.5 miles up the Gypsum Creek Road. Begin the loop by taking a right onto County Road 10A the Cottonwood Pass Road. CAUTION, this gypsum-base dirt road through sagebrush and oak becomes impassable when wet.

Directions from Vail: Take I-70 west to Gypsum (exit #140). Take a left into Gypsum, then a right at the Forest Access sign onto Gypsum Creek Road, FDR 412. Travel 2.5 miles up the Gypsum Creek Road. Begin the loop by taking a right onto County Road 10A the Cottonwood Pass Road. CAUTION, this gypsum-base dirt road through sagebrush and oak becomes impassable when wet.

Directions from Beaver Creek: Take I-70 west to Gypsum (exit #140). Take a left into Gypsum, then a right at the Forest Access sign onto Gypsum Creek Road, FDR 412. Travel 2.5 miles up the Gypsum Creek Road. Begin the loop by taking a right onto County Road 10A the Cottonwood Pass Road. CAUTION, this gypsum-base dirt road through sagebrush and oak becomes impassable when wet.

Seasonal Information:
Normally Accessible: July through September .



Current Conditions & Trip Reports
lower sections open Updated: 2002-05-16 08:41:00.0


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Filed By: Adam D
Time of Day: 10:00AM
Length of Time: 3 1/2
Difficulty: Moderate
Number of People Encountered: 0-10 ppl
Recommend to a Friend: Not Recommended
Report: This trail has been closed to motor traffic from the top of Mt. Thomas/Red Table to Gypsum Creek Rd. This is no longer a loop for a motorcycle, jeep ect.

Difficulty: Moderate
Number of People Encountered: 0-10 ppl
Recommend to a Friend: Highly
Report: Hello from Kansas flat lander state so the people said on the trail from Colorado (walking).I don't recomend hikeing this trail like these tree huggers, gas powered is the way to go. (ATV style) The scenery is gorgous moutains,valleys,trees,lakes but hardley any flowing steams. Water surpply is very limmited carry lots of gas and water. There are plenty of camp sites with the best views. At the time there was burn ban so no ground fires were avalible so a camp stove was a good idea and a map from the white river national forest helped alot becuase of alot of 4-ways in the road.WE did this trip onLabor day weekend and will be back on Augst 30 with new comers. All in all its a great trial.

Difficulty: Moderate
Number of People Encountered: 0-10 ppl
Recommend to a Friend: Highly
Report: An other good loop is start at reudi dam to thomasville-eagle road left on Mt Thomas trail to reudi creek trail a truly awesome ride on motorcycles or mountian bikes



Recreation Opportunities
Activity Remarks On Site
ICON Fishing
Yes
ICON Four-Wheel Driving Red Table/Red Creek Loop Four-Wheel Drive Road
Yes
ICON Hiking & Walking Ties into the Mt Thomas trail
No
ICON Mountain Biking Red Table/Red Creek Loop
Yes
ICON ATV Riding Some portions of the Red Table/Red Creek Loop are not off road.
Yes



More Information

Visitor Information:

Eagle Valley Chamber of Commerce , Eagle, CO, 81631, Phone: 970-328-5220

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