Sand Creek Pass meanders through the Lodge Pole Pines of the Roosevelt National Forest in north-central Colorado. This road provides ample opportunities for a quiet, primitive camping experience as OHV traffic is minimal. The area is very popular in the fall season with deer and elk hunters setting up camp for their adventure. This scenic route is not difficult, but does contain one water crossing that can be up to a foot deep during the spring snow melt.
The road is optimal for stock, high clearance vehicles and drivers with little to no off-road experience.
The intersection of Sand Creek Pass and Deadman Road is well marked and easy to find. Sand Creek Pass is known by several names: Forest Service Road 336, Sand Creek Road, and Sand Creek Pass. A regular road sign marks both roads at the intersection.
Take Hwy 287 north 18 miles to the Red Feathers Lake Road, (County Road 74E). Go west about 23 miles to Deadman Road (County Road 86). Go West on Deadman road 13.5 miles to the start of Sand Creek Pass.
A large forest fire near Cameron Pass has this trail closed for a while. The fire is called the Cameron Peak fire. You can track information about the fire at https://inciweb.nwcg.gov/
As of 08-14-2020, the USFS has a closure order in place for much of the upper Poudre Canyon. Here is a map of the closed areas.
I tried today with my stock 2002 Xterra and this was what happened.
I did tried make a loop following the Google maps app and I got in to trail really good, narrow and rocky with snow and pines all around, gps said to make a right like a mile ahead but I got there and there wasn't nothing just a space to make a u turn, so I decided keep going straight since the gps showed up that that trail was gonna make a loop and get into the sand creek rd but again the gps was wrong and I ended up in a dead end where I had to turn around after 20 min of off roading in that rocky trail. I was kinda piss bc I was hoping to make a loop so i wouldn't have to back track.
That part of the trail had rocks, hill, little water bodies and some fallen pines that you have to pass over the logs.
It is nearing the end of the mountain 4x4 season and we decided to check out the area after some fresh snow fall on the previous night. We took Cherokee Park Road to Sand Creek Road and continued north to the Deadman Road area. About 4" of fresh snow adorned the already snowy trail making for an exceptionally peaceful drive. The closer we got the the north end of the trail (approaching Deadman Road), there was significantly more snow on the road. Not much time left until this road gets it's winter nap.
If you are going to venture out on this trail yet this year, take a friend in another vehicle and recovery equipment.
This trail was just awesome! I had such fun exploring it with my F-150 Raptor. The trail does get tight in a few areas for my truck and I had to swing in my mirrors to avoid damage. There wasn't much water in the creek crossing, and was no problem for my truck. I was surprised at the small amount of traffic considering it was Labor Day.
But what a beautiful trail! The view across the valley as you descend to the end (waypoint 8) is gorgeous -- I was driving down about an hour before sunset and the view of the valley was stunning! Though the ratings consider this "easy", I still found it challenging, interesting, and a lot of fun. I will go back.
Ran this trail today to start teaching my girlfriend how to wheel. This trail was great for her getting started in her stock 3rd gen 4runner on 32's. Very green and lush back in this area. We also did cherokee park road and deadman road which were both cool, but this was our favorite for the day. I recommend this trail for beginners who want to get there feet wet, or just an easy day exploring Northern Colorado!
Tim lives and works in Northern Colorado. He has owned and driven 4X4 vehicles his entire adult life including Jeeps, pick ups, ATVs and UTVs. After high school, Tim's first 4X4 was a 47 Willy's CJ-2A with a flat 4 and a 6-volt electrical system. Typically wheeling in Northern Colorado or Southern Wyoming, Tim loves being in the mountains and the back country. Because of a desire to enjoy and promote responsible off-roading and to keep it available for the future, he belongs to a local 4X4 off-road club. Being part of the Trailsoffroad.com community furthers that goal as well.
A love for off-road adventures, camping, fishing, and hunting keeps Tim away from pavement and always exploring. While his wife likes the comfort of a Jeep Grand Cherokee, Tim prefers the ruggedness of the Jeep Wrangler. Although most off-road time is spent in Colorado and Wyoming, an occasional trip to the Moab area is common. Tim will spend the summer going topless and enjoying the value of the great outdoors. Amateur Radio Technician license call sign: ke0npg