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2020-09-25  
Drv Owl Creek Pass Rd to WetterhornTH, CO
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Drv Owl Creek Pass Rd to WetterhornTH, CO 
Drv Owl Creek Pass Rd to WetterhornTH, CO
 
4x4 Trip avatar Sep 25 2020
Oregon_Hiker
4x4 Trip20.11 Miles 4,121 AEG
4x4 Trip20.11 Miles   2 Hrs   18 Mns   8.74 mph
4,121 ft AEG
 
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I drove this route to reach the Wetterhorn Basin Trailhead where I would meet some Colorado friends the next day for a hike up Precipice Peak. The drive was so scenic I decided to post it along with a few of the photos I took along the way. Although I listed this as a 4x4 Trip, most of the route is 2WD capable except for the last 1.4 miles which is high clearance 4WD. The Owl Creek Pass Road starts out as county road #10 at its intersection with HW550 1.8 driving miles north of Ridgeway. It was a beautiful drive with amazing views of the Fall foliage on the west facing slopes of Cimarron Ridge. It's a maintained 2WD capable gravel road with many sections of washboard bumps that were beating the heck out of my FJ Cruiser so I had to stop to air-down the tires.

The turnoff to drive on FR860 to the Wetterhorn TH is just past Owl Creek Pass about 16 driving miles from HW550. FR860 is also a 2WD capable gravel road for the first 2 miles but then turns into a rough 4WD high clearance road for the last 1.5 miles to the TH. Dispersed camping is allowed along FR860 which follows the West Fork Cimarron River (a creek at this point) and there were a number of nice places to camp. There are two Trailheads along FR860. The first one is the Courthouse Mountain Trail #144 and the second one at the end of the road is the Wetterhorn Basin Trail #226. These are not heavily used trails - there were only a few cars parked at each of the trailheads.

I spent two more days in this area of the Uncompahgre National Forest where the three forks of the Cimarron River meet to flow into Silver Jack Reservoir. It's a beautiful area and I most certainly will be back to explore the East and Middle Forks.
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