Eagle-Thomasville Road

Meredith, Colorado (Pitkin County)

Last Updated: 05/27/2022
5 / 5 ( 6 reviews )
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Highlight: Eagle-Thomasville Road
Passing through the White River National Forest, this dirt road winds its way from the tiny town of Thomasville and the Frying Pan, up to the top of Crooked Creek Pass and down the other side, past Sylvan Lake and into the town of Eagle. Drivers can expect to encounter large stands of aspens, a wide variety of pine trees, high mountain meadows, wildflowers, and majestic views of the Sawatch Mountain Range, Burnt Mountain, and William's Mountains. This off-road trail provides abundant opportunities for wildlife viewing, camping, fishing, and even boating at Sylvan Lake. This trail is also one of the major trails along section 4 of the Colorado Backcountry Discovery Route (COBDR), which is a mostly off-road route across the entire state of Colorado from New Mexico to Wyoming. Whether traveling to see the lush wildflowers in the early summer or traveling to see the rich fall foliage at the start of fall, this trail will definitely leave an impression on you with its utter beauty.


Route Information

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1. Southern Trailhead (0 mi)
The southern trailhead begins just off of Frying Pan Road and is well marked with a large street sign. After making the turn onto the trail, there is a large Forest Service informational kiosk with maps and announcements such as fire bans and wildlife warnings. There is ample space here to pullover and air down. The next 2.6 miles are county property and camping is not allowed.

Directions to Trailhead

Starting Point: Basalt

From Basalt: Take Midland Avenue east past the Frying Pan River Lodge. The road becomes Frying Pan Road (also known as County Road 4) as it leaves town. Follow this road for 24.5 miles. Frying Pan Road will pass Ruedi Reservoir, the town of Meredith, and take you directly to the trailhead on the left (north) side of the road. From Eagle: Take exit 147 from I-70. Take Eby Creek Road south to Grand Avenue. Turn right and follow Grand Avenue west one block to Capital Street. Turn left and head south on Capital Street for .8 miles and then turn left on Brush Creek Road. Follow Brush Creek Road for .8 miles, turning right to stay on Brush Creek Road, and then a left after .2 miles, again staying on Brush Creek Road. Follow this length of road for an additional 8.8 miles where the trail will begin on your right at the road 400 marker.



Land Use Issues

If you are traveling this road north of Sylvan Lake State Park, you will be entering the Brush Creek State Wildlife Area. Effective July 1, 2020, a valid hunting or fishing license is required for everyone 18 or older accessing any State Wildlife Area or CPW-leased State Trust Land. See the press release here For more information, visit: Colorado Parks and Wildlife An annual hunting or fishing license can be purchased through CPW authorized sales agents, by phone (1-800-244-5613), or online. A state-run interactive map can be found here to see all areas where a license would be required:

Trail Reviews (6)

Questions & Answers (1)

Q: Wondering how Colorado can require a trail permit on federal land?
–Bruce Gordon (02/10/2021)
–Ryan Boudreau (02/11/2021)

Writer Information

Ryan Boudreau

Mapping Crew - Colorado

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.
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