Ohio Creek

Scout Route
5/5 (2 reviews)

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Ohio Creek is a dirt alternative to Highway 135 between Gunnison and Crested Butte. The entire road is 23.2 miles long, with only 11 unpaved miles. The dirt portion of this road is not difficult and suitable for most vehicles, but the northern 6.7 miles of the road are extremely rough with many potholes, small protruding rocks, and severe washboard. In addition, the road is only 1.5 vehicles wide or slightly less along the northernmost 2 miles. This narrow stretch of road makes it unsuitable for trailer and RV traffic, and exceptionally wide vehicles might find it difficult to pass oncoming traffic.

Ohio Creek provides spectacular views of Ohio Peak and the Anthracite Range, part of the West Elk Mountains. The road passes the Beaver Ponds and Swampy Pass hiking trailheads, offering one vault toilet. A small handful of dispersed campsites can be found along the northern half of the road, but no campgrounds or other amenities can be found. Large, mature aspen groves showcase amazing fall viewing opportunities and provide heavy shade in the warmer months.