Jenny Creek

Rollinsville, Colorado (Gilpin County)

Last Updated: 12/26/2017
4.7 / 5 ( 3 reviews )
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Status: Open
Permit Information: Permit Required - Click Here
Length: 3.5 miles
Highest Elevation: 10761 feet
Duration: About 3 hours
Shape of Trail: Straight Through
Best Direction to Travel: North
Nearest Town: Rollinsville
Nearest Town w/ Services: Nederland
Official Road Name: 808, 808.1, 502.1
Management Agency: Roosevelt National Forest / Boulder Ranger District
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Highlight: Jenny Creek
Jenny Creek is a short fun OHV trail (Permit Required) that spurs off Rollins Pass East Trail. This straight through trail is accessible during the summer months typically July - October. Some of the Highlights are the Jenny Creek water crossing, beautiful dense forest scenery, pine beetle kill clear cut area and the alpine lakes also located at the top of Rollins Pass. A few small rock sections keep the trail interesting from a technical standpoint.



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Route Information

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1. Jenny Creek Trail Head (0.00 mi)
The Jenny Creek Trail Head is located on the right side of Rollins Pass East roughly 6 miles up. The trail head is relatively new (Within the last 5 years) due to the old Jenny Creek route being placed into restoration.

Directions to Trailhead

Trailhead Coordinates: 39.922693, -105.614898
Take Highway 119 to Rollinsville. Turn West onto CR 16 (Moffat Tunnel Road) and continue for 7.3 miles and you will find the Rollins Pass trailhead on the right with a parking area and sign. This is a great place to air down tires to head up to the Jenny Creek trailhead. Head up Rollins Pass East for approximately 6 miles. The tailhead for Jenny Creek will be marked with two signs on the right side of the road reading "TO JENNY CREEK" and "502" both with a right turn directional arrow.


Trail Reviews (6)

Status: Partially Open
Offroaded on:
There is a decent sized snow drift next to some trees soon after the creek crossing mentioned in the last review which is kind of hard to get over due to their being slippery logs for traction on one side and snow on the other, with the slope angling towards the trees. I turned on lockers and was able to crawl it but there is a risk of sliding into the trees and doing body damage. After that you can do most of the trail and get all the way up to within a few tenths of a mile to the intersection with Rollins Pass Road before reaching impassable snow drifts, I would guess you will have to turn around and go back for at least another 2 weeks given the size of the drifts up there.

Status: Partially Open
Offroaded on:
We were able to get a couple hundred feet past the water crossing when we ran into a 3’ tall snow drift. I and a lifted Rubi tried to go over but wisened up and backed out. A side by side was able to get by it but told us there was an even bigger drift further up the trail.

Status: Open
Offroaded on:
Excellent conditions. Water crossing was a mere ~4". Great fun w/ very few people around. Aspen leaves are almost at their peak which is quite early this year. A few spots were tricky and a spotter was helpful but overall a beautiful trip up a mountain w/ great views and enough of a challenge to keep your attention.

Status: Open
Offroaded on:
Fun trail. Not too many areas to pull off for opposing traffic. Definitely better to run it uphill. This was challenging in my stock Tacoma. We took Rollins to the top and saw a few jackasses on ATV's destroying a marsh trying to get there vehicle unstuck... STAY THE TRAIL!!!

Author: Official Crew
Status: Partially Open
Offroaded on:
The trail is currently not accessible due to snow conditions. The southern end of the trail has several, off-camber, 2'-3'+ deep snow drifts right at the beginning making travel impossible. The northern end you cannot even get to, due to snow blocking Rollins Pass. This was with well-equipped Jeeps on 37s, lockers, and winches.

Status: Open
Offroaded on:
This is a fun, winding, narrow trail that runs mostly parallel to Rollins Pass and is a more interesting and challenging alternative to get up to Needle Eye Tunnel. The snow drift at the top of Jenny Creek has finally been bashed through, and you can re-connect with Rollins Pass at the end.

Questions & Answers (1)

Q: A rating of 3-6 is quite a range. Is that dependent on the conditions - i.e. water depth, mud etc...? It doesn't seem like there are any bypasses to the technical sections.
–Edward Jenner (08/09/2019)
–Ryan Boudreau (08/13/2019)

Writer Information

Matt Russo

Mapping Crew - Colorado

Matt is an avid off-roader/outdoors-man getting his start in Virginia. At the age of 18 Matt bought his first Jeep and as we say, the rest is history. Since moving to Colorado in 2010 Matt was introduced to the long, scenic trails in places like Ouray, Telluride, COBDR and Moab. This is where his love for overlanding, back country and camping really took foot. Matt is a GIS Analyst by trade so mapping is his jam. You can find him all summer long spending his weekends in remote locations in the mountains living out of his roof top ttent.
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