Rock Creek is a short OHV trail that runs north to south just outside of Allenspark, CO. This off-road route is accessible primarily during the summer months, typically July to November. The highlights of Rock Creek are, by far, the lush creekside drive, beautiful dense forest and a few small obstacles that keep things technically interesting. This is a great place for creekside camping tucked in the trees. Keep an eye out for wild raspberries!
From Lyons, drive west on CO-7 for about 19 miles until you get to Allenspark. Turn left onto CO-7 BUS E. In about 800 feet turn right onto CR 107/Ski Road. Continue on CR 107/Ski Road for about 1.5 miles until you come to a fork in the road. Keep to the left to begin the Rock Creek trail on forest road 116.2.
Ran this trail with a 2016 Grand Cherokee with a 2.5" lift and 33's. Sun went down as soon as we got to the trailhead because we were planning to camp out on this trail and hike Longs Peak in the early morning. Glad to have all the LED's because this trail has a ton of blind spots at night. Overall; not bad. I would agree with the easy to moderate rating if you stay the trail but there are a few areas where you can shortcut the main trail and get some flexing done. It was a bit wet due to the recent snow but we made it all the way up then turned around and camped at about the midpoint of the trail. Wouldn't advise shortcutting the trail with only a 2.5" lift on a grand and 33's, but that's what skid plates are for right?
Deep snow started at waypoint 5. I was able to break trail to around waypoint 6, but gave up as the drift were getting bigger and more off camber pushing me towards the edge of the trail. Maybe a few more week until it is fully melted out.
Trail was PACKED with campers along the first mile. Tons and tons of people!
This trail does not have any type of seasonal closure. It is open all year long according to all Forest Service resources I could find and checked with. So we headed up to see what the conditions were like.
With my LJ on 40s and a TJ on 37s, we made it 1.3 miles from the Forest boundary which is a little bit before this track begins. Officially we made it just past the restoration area at waypoint 3.
The trail is consistantly snow packed and icy from the start. The center of the trail is hard packed and really soft on the sides. Both of us winched a couple of times just to get where we did. We turned around because the trail was beginning to climb and the snow conditions weren't allowing any further progress.
Although open, the terrain makes this trail very difficult to run in the snow. It is also extremely popular and busy with cross country skiers, who didn't appear to appreciate we were on the trail. In my opinion, leave this trail to them. It's just not a worthy winter wheeling spot.
This trail is good if you're looking for a camping spot but not my favorite trail. It's a very bumpy ride up and doesn't offer particularly great views along the way. Theres a lot of big ruts at the beginning near the popular camping area. Have seen two cars with average car clearance high center at the beginning ruts. Wouldn't attempt without suv clearance.
Hi, I'm Ryan!
I am a Colorado native and I've been wheeling since I was 16 years old. I grew up with a relentless passion for all things Jeep and off road related, and that passion has never died out. I am a member of the Mile-Hi Jeep Club, Patrol 16 Sasquatch Jeepers and currently own an '06 Jeep Wrangler Rubicon Unlimited (LJ) nicknamed "Minion".
I am a huge supporter of Stay the Trail and Tread Lightly, and have participated and even been in charge of many trail restoration projects. I have been a trail leader several times for events such as All-4-Fun, ColoradoFest, Set Them Free, 14er Fest, and other. I am also the creator of the Unlimited LJ Adventure.
My rig is built for extreme offroading, but I love to get my tires dirty on any kind of trail whether it's rock crawling or just scenic high Alpine drives. I've wheeled all over the country including Colorado, Utah, Kansas, the Carolinas, AZ, and California. I love a great adventure, and love even more to share those adventures with others.
If you see the "minion" out on the trail, make sure to stop and say hello.