Fourmile Area: Little Cottonwood Creek

Johnson Village, Colorado (Chaffee County)

Last Updated: 06/05/2018
4.3 / 5 ( 3 reviews )
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Status: Open
Typically Open: 05/01 - 11/30
Length: 4.92 miles
Highest Elevation: 9560 feet
Duration: About 1 hour
Shape of Trail: Connector
Best Direction to Travel: West
Nearest Town: Johnson Village
Nearest Town w/ Services: Johnson Village
Official Road Name: 185d
Management Agency: San Isabel National Forest
District: Salida Ranger District
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Highlight: Fourmile Area: Little Cottonwood Creek
Little Cottonwood Creek (FS 185D) is an incredible trail at highlighting the many aspects that the Fourmile Travel Management Area has to offer to the interested traveler. Traveling through sandy soils and cottonwood trees, through beautiful aspen groves, and charming meadows. All Leading you to some of the most captivating views of the surrounding Collegiate Mountain Ranges you will ever enjoy.


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1. FS185D Start (0 mi)
Starting at Waypoint 10 of Bald Mountain Gulch (FS 300). You will, turn right if you are coming from the southwest or left if you are coming from the northeast, to begin Little Cottonwood Creek.

Directions to Trailhead

Trailhead Coordinates: 38.780397, -106.021302
To reach Little Cottonwood Creek (FS 185D), follow the directions to Bald Mountain Gulch (FS 300). Travel along this trail until you reach Waypoint 10. You will then, turn right if you are coming from the southwest or left if you are coming from the northeast, this being Little Cottonwood Creek.



Trail Reviews (4)

Status: Open
Offroaded on:
Trail was dry and fun on this day. I enjoy doing this west to east after Bald Mtn Loop. I might avoid if muddy because of the steep sections. I led a small group two days in a row as part of the Overland Bound Buena Vista June Jam. No trail issues other than almost having a dirt bike for a hood ornament. The overlook spur mid-route is a great place for lunch.

Status: Open
Offroaded on:
Surprisingly fun trail that we took from Aspen Ridge to Bald Mountain Gulch. Trail in good condition with no issues. There are some fairly tight and twisty sections that kept it interesting. It would be especially interesting if driven when wet....especially uphill (west to east).

Status: Open
Offroaded on:
Visited on 05/25/19 with another lifted Subaru Forester. Trail was pretty easy going and very fun. We did run into a few rude people in Side-by-Sides who got angry at us for "not giving right-of-way" to them, being uphill traffic. Unfortunately, at the couple spots we did meet these people, it was easier for them to back down and get slightly off to the side, vs us trying to back uphill in our high-geared cars, and they did not seem to care much. While uphill traffic does have right-of-way, depending on the situation (These included), sometimes it's easier for the uphill traffic to back down. Just a friendly reminder. :) The turn out (Waypoint 8) has some spectacular views, highly recommended!

Author: Official Crew
Status: Open
Offroaded on:
Camping at the spur at Waypoint 11. It was a large area and plenty of people can camp there with multiple rigs. Woke up to an amazing view of Mount Princeton.

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Nik Verbeck

Mapping Crew - Colorado

Nik is an passionate overlander, general outdoors person, as well as an avid homebrewer. Taking every chance they can to get outdoors and discover new areas, trails and campsites. When not enjoying the outdoors, you can find them wrenching on the truck, enjoying another great brewery, or working the day job designing computer systems and writing software.
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