Jack Creek

Walden, Colorado (Jackson County)

Last Updated: 10/27/2019
5 / 5 ( 2 reviews )
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Typically Open: Year Round
Length: 6.71 miles
Highest Elevation: 11110 feet
Duration: About 3 hours
Shape of Trail: Out & Back
Best Direction to Travel: N/A
Nearest Town: Walden
Nearest Town w/ Services: Walden
Official Road Name: 758
Management Agency: Routt National Forest
District: Parks Ranger District


Highlight: Jack Creek
Climbing to just over 11,000 feet, Jack Creek is an easy off-road 4x4 climb into the Jack Creek Basin at the edge of the Never Summer Wilderness along the western edge of the Rocky Mountain National Park. The Jack Creek trailhead begins just outside of the Colorado ghost town, Teller City. This part of the state has an abundant moose population and crossing the path of one of these magnificent creatures is likely. During the fall season, autumn colors are vibrant from the plentiful aspen groves throughout the basin.


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1. Trailhead (0 mi)
As the Teller Divide curves and heads to the west, Jack Creek takes off to the south east. The trailhead is easy to find, but not well marked as Jack Creek.

Directions to Trailhead

Starting Point: Walden, Colorado

Take Colorado Highway 125 south from Walden, CO for 24.5 miles. (2.5 miles south of the community of Rand, CO). Turn east onto Jackson County Road #21 of 9.7 miles. Follow the signs to the Teller City ghost town. Jack Creek begins about a quarter mile east of Teller City.



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Tim Palmer

Mapping Crew - 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
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