I was stationed at Ft. Carson in the late 90's and still visit Colorado about once a year. I actually plan on moving back at some point. This year, we are meeting my friend and his family somewhere for a few days. We're looking to rent a cabin, and I'm hoping to do it near where we used to go fishing all of the time. Apparently, the fires from around 03'-04' (the ones set by the forest ranger) really screwed up the area and the road we always used might not be accessible. I want to see if anyone knows where I am talking about.
It's a tributary of the South Platte River. We turn onto CO Rd 77 just west of Lake George on Route 24. Take that a few miles in to CO Rd 211. We take this road up into the mountains for about 8-10 miles, then turn off down a 4x4 trail that drops down to the creek. I believe the creek is called Crystal Creek. I saved a snap shot off of Google Earth. You can see where I labeled the turnoff there is a road that goes down to the creek.
Is anyone familiar with this area and whether it's still accessible? My friend has two kids and is sort of lazy, so asking him to check it out before hand is pointless. He'd rather just skip it and go somewhere else, but I'm hoping we can hit it for old times sake. Thanks!
In the picture, it looks like its doable, but Google Earth could have imagery from years ago, so I'd rather hear it from someone who's been there.
i kno the lake george area is in good condition all the way to some little town called heart ford or something like that. then 11 mile res. and spinny res are in good shape. i took a road down to terrial res. and it seemed like there was no fire damage. im not sure if im to far away from where you are or not but i hoped this helped
This is actually on the north side of Route 24, not down towards Eleven Mile (thats where we ended up fishing in 2005 because of this). It was a pretty rough road before the fires, so I'm figuring if anyone worked on it, it definitely took a lot of work to get it fixed.
Ok, so I'm planning to hit 211 tomorrow and check it out. I am curious if you can give me some direction as to how to find the side road to Crystal Creek you're looking for. I can't find it on any maps.
If you copy that into Google Maps or Google Earth, it will put you right on the turnoff spot. You can get a pretty good look at the trail from there. It goes off to the left, almost due east, dropping down in the valley towards the creek.
Ok, so here's the skinny. 211 is open, but pretty much every side road is closed. Unfortunately the road down to the creek is one of them. It is blocked by a gate and has a sign that says, "Forest service vehicles only". Here are some pics.
That's the place. That sucks, I'd really hoped they got it open by now. If you are ever interested, it would be a hell of a hike, but the creek at the bottom is some of the best fishing I have ever experienced. There's plenty of good places to camp down there too. Next time I get to Colorado without the whole family, I'm going to do it.