Spring Creek

Downieville-Lawson-Dumont, Colorado (ClearCreek County)

Last Updated: 07/17/2021
4.7 / 5 ( 9 reviews )
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Typically Open: Year Round
Length: 4.95 miles
Highest Elevation: 11064 feet
Duration: About 3 hours
Shape of Trail: Straight Through
Best Direction to Travel: South
Nearest Town: Downieville-Lawson-Dumont
Nearest Town w/ Services: Downieville-Lawson-Dumont
Official Road Name: 712.2J
Management Agency: Arapaho National Forest
District: Clear Creek Ranger District


Highlight: Spring Creek
This off-road, rock crawling trail has become the "go to spot" for hard wheeling within a short drive from Denver. It sees very heavy traffic during the weekends, so don't expect to be on this trail alone. Traversing large boulders are the norm on Spring Creek. This trail is constantly changing as new boulders become exposed each year and old boulders find new resting spots. It starts out pretty quickly with the first obstacle named "The Wall". Without a proper line here, body damage and/or rollovers are likely. The trail climbs straight up the mountain providing spectacular views above I-70 and the surrounding mountain towns. The final switchback known as "The Hard Left" will challenge even the most modified vehicles, before you enter the premier obstacle of the trail, "The Rock Garden" which has many different routes and lines, all of which will leave your undercarriage riddled with rock-rash scars.


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1. Start of Spring Creek (0 mi)
This is the trailhead and a good location to air down. Please do not block the entrance to air down, so other users can start the trail if you are not yet ready.

Directions to Trailhead

Starting Point: Denver

From Denver, head west on I70 to Downieville exit 234 west of Idaho Springs. Take a right at the exit onto Mountain Street, and then make an immediate left onto the frontage road. Follow the frontage road west for just over a mile as it drives under the interstate. Bear left onto Alvarado Road (if you go under the interstate again you have gone too far). Once on Alvarado Road, cross the bridge and the trailhead is your first left after the bridge. At this point, the road is called Silver City Road.



Land Use Issues

Spring Creek has no seasonal gates, yet the snow can keep the trail closed till late June. Please stay the trail and do not go around snowdrifts.

Trail Reviews (23)

Questions & Answers (1)

Q: Anyone been up here since covid. Wasn't sure if it was open yet
–Kevin (05/17/2020)
–Ryan Boudreau (05/17/2020)

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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.
For individual use only, not to be shared.