Upper Jackson Creek Road

Castle Rock, Colorado (Douglas County)

Last Updated: 05/17/2020
3.8 / 5 ( 5 reviews )
Information
Nearby Trails
Status: Open
Typically Open: Year Round
Length: 6.2 miles
Highest Elevation: 8675 feet
Duration: About 30 minutes
Shape of Trail: Connector
Best Direction to Travel: N/A
Nearest Town: Castle Rock
Nearest Town w/ Services: Castle Rock
Official Road Name: 503/502
Management Agency: United States Forest Service
District: South Platte Ranger District
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Highlights

Highlight: Upper Jackson Creek Road
This is a very nice trail through the valley in between Devil's Head and Dakan Mountain with a creek that runs through it. It has some spots for fishing, camping, and picnics. It's a nice trail to run to extend other trails or just to do Dakan Road as a loop. It has a lot of connectors to ATV and Dirt Bike trails. There is a very large network of trails here in the rampart range area that can make for a great day on the trail.

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Route Information

Technical Rating:
(EASY - MODERATE)

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Waypoints

1. Trail Start ( mi)
The trail starts along Rampart Range Road, heading east and down. Take FS 502 East.

Directions to Trailhead

Trailhead Coordinates: 39.233391, -105.096077
From Highway 85 in Sedalia, Take Hwy 67 West for 10.5 miles and then, Turn south at Rampart Range road. Once you turn onto Rampart Range Road, it's 13.6 Miles to the trailhead. Getting to this trail is easy from Rampart Range Road. It's on the east side just a little south of the Devil's head area. If you come to Dakan Road or Long Hollow Road, then you have gone too far. It's marked as FS 502. From Dakan Road, it's a fork just uphill of the Rock Obstacle marked as FS 503. If you are going downhill on Dakan Road, it's a left. If you are going uphill on Dakan Road, it's a right to FS 503.

Camping

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Land Use Issues

This trail is closed seasonally from December 1 to May 1.

Trail Reviews (15)

Author:
Status: Open
Offroaded on:
Rating:
Great trail to play around a little on. Fun little dirt bike loop that is large enough for a midsize pickup to run round. Ran this in a lifted Tacoma on 35s and a stock 2020 RAV4. No issues for the Tacoma, rav was close on clearance a few times, but got through it like a champ.

Author:
Status: Open
Offroaded on:
Trail is in great condition..good challenge for a stock subaru or larger .

Author: Official Crew
Status: Open
Offroaded on:
Upper Jackson Creek is in great shape. A few sections in the middle are still pretty washed out but in general, it's very nice for a high use trail. There were a lot of campers and groups of people all enjoying the outdoors. There was a lot of casual ATV and Dirt Bike use- some of the riders are definitely moving quickly so keep your eyes peeled especially in the blind corners.

Author:
Status: Open
Offroaded on:
Rating:
So , went down this one today confusing it with rim rd down to lower Jackson creek...I was wrong.. also didn’t realize I was getting on to Dakan road, big mistake. Make it partial way into some more technical areas and had to back down to almost the turn off...pucker time indeed !! Still a fun run and definitely found the limits to my compass trailhawk.

Author:
Status: Open
Offroaded on:
Rating:
This trail was very nice with lots of spots to camp. Most of the time I didn't even need 4 wheel drive to meander my way along by Jackson creek. I'm sure during the summer it is extremely busy. The only reason I did not rate this trail higher was the road to get to this trail (Rampart Range Road) was so full of washboard you felt beat up before you even made it to this trail.

Author: Official Crew
Status: Open
Offroaded on:
Open for the season. Lots of people camping, and lots of traffic. Road in good shape. It's definitely not recommended for low clearance vehicles to approach this trail from the FS563/Dakan Road side. With Dakan Road being so groomed, I'm sure people won't pay attention and it will get interesting. Safe riding!

Author: Official Crew
Status: Seasonal Closure
Offroaded on:
Rating:
Under mud closure until 5/31/2019 https://www.fs.usda.gov/Internet/FSE_DOCUMENTS/fseprd611536.pdf

Author:
Status: Open
Offroaded on:
Rating:
Beautiful day for a mountain drive. Surprised there wasn't really much traffic in the area. No trail issues to report.

Author: Official Crew
Status: Partially Open
Offroaded on:
Please be advised that this trail may be closed at the Rampart Range (FS 300) end of the trail. There was a Police incident there on 07/02 and the area has been closed off for 48 hours while investigators work through the scene. The Forest Service does not have a good beat on the trails involved, just that this area is on lockdown and be aware that the trails in the area may be inaccessible from Rampart.

Author:
Status: Open
Offroaded on:
Didn't mean to do this today, but missed the turn to continue on Dakan Road (keep to the left!). I wasn't ready for the downhill so it was alittle out of my comfort zone. But we made it to the bottom campsite in the valley. I didn't download the GPS file for this trail so it looked like it dead ended. I didn't want to risk it so we turned around and headed back up the way we came. That too was also alittle out of my comfort zone haha. But we made it out and it was a good test. Made the rest of Dakan Road seem easy! Add a photo of a celebrity sighting! Hey JD!!

Author: Official Crew
Status: Open
Offroaded on:
Ran through here on the way to Rampart Range. A pretty drive and a little rougher than I remember, rock is starting to show through some parts of the turns.

Author: Official Crew
Status: Open
Offroaded on:
Very busy. Being a holiday weekend, this trail was jam packed with ATVs and Campers. Lots of dust and traffic.

Author: Official Crew
Status: Open
Offroaded on:
It was a nice day on the trail today. There were a lot of camp sites occupied, but plenty still open. Great day for a drive!

Author: Official Crew
Status: Open
Offroaded on:
Trail is open as of 5/20/2016 and already seeing plenty of use the first weekend. Conditions are great, no winter deterioration. Enjoy

Author: Official Crew
Status: Seasonal Closure
Offroaded on:
Trail is still closed for the season to all vehicles due to conditions

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Writer Information

Justin Daniels

Mapping Crew - Colorado

Justin is a lifelong learner with passions in many areas ranging from technology to music to the outdoors. Being a certified full cave diver, his search for adventure and exploration and knowledge fuels his drive to push his personal limits. Having lived in Colorado since 1997, it is surprising to some that he is new to off-roading. He drives a lightly built up 2012 FJ Cruiser and enjoys that his FJ can bring him to many of the places in the beautiful state of Colorado that he could not otherwise see.
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