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.
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.
The lower half of the trail has had some recent snow, but remains passable. On the upper portion of the trail from waypoint 4 and on, the snow gets deeper and the trail is difficult to manage. I did not go to Waypoint 5 as the road is exceptionally narrow with no place to turn around. The snow front last week's storm is crystal like and does not allow for good traction making it impassable for most vehicles. More snow is expected this week and the trail is likely impassable for the remainder of the season.
The trail is open to the top..no issues. It rained on us the entire trip up, but it didn't take away from the fun and beautiful views. The creek was running fast and there are some amazing view of it along the way. As we started back down, the skies cleared and the sun came out. Great trail!
The trail is open with no snow through Waypoint 5. There is still quite a bit of snow as you approach 10k feet and it could be another few weeks until making the trail’s end is possible. With all the snow melt on the lower portion of the trail, water is running down most of the trail but it does not pose a problem. There were a handful of campers in the dispersed camping along Jack Creek just past Waypoint 1. The weatherman called for rain, but it was mostly sunny and beautiful in the afternoon.
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