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Camping: Colorado > Grand Mesa, Uncompahgre and Gunnison National Forests > Taylor River Ranger District

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Ohio Creek (winter) Trailhead

Elevation: 9,000 Feet (2805.5 Meters)

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General Description

The Ohio Creek Winter Trailhead lies 14 miles north of Highway 135. Lack of winter maintenance turns Ohio Creek Road into a facility for snowmobiling, snowshoeing, cross-country and backcountry skiing. Users can gain access to Kebler Pass, the Anthracite Range and several backcountry trails from Ohio Creek Road. Avalanche danger in the Ohio Creek Valley ranges from medium to high potential. The danger increases as users reach the upper valley.

Directions from Gunnison: Drive three miles north on Highway 135 to Ohio Creek Road, Forest Service Road 730. Travel 14 miles north on Ohio Creek Road to the winter closure.

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Recreation Opportunities
Activity Remarks On Site
ICON Trailhead Parking Ohio Creek (winter) Trailhead
ICON Cross-country Skiing Ohio Creek Winter Trailhead
ICON Hiking & Walking Ohio Creek Winter Trailhead
ICON Backcountry Skiing Ohio Creek Winter Trailhead
ICON Snowmobiling Ohio Creek Winter Trailhead
ICON Snowshoeing Ohio Creek Winter Trailhead
ICON Viewing Scenery Ohio Creek Winter Trailhead

Related Activities
Kebler Pass Road - This dirt road leads through the West Elk Mountains and connects Paonia to Crested Butte. It is maintained from Memorial Day through October.

Ohio Creek Road - Ohio Creek Road leads 23.5 miles north from Gunnison to Kebler Pass. Its a great place to see the Colorado wildflowers in bloom during the summer and the golden hue of aspen trees in autumn.

Pass Creek Trailhead - Pass Creek Trailhead lies on Ohio Creek Road approximately three and a half miles south of Ohio Pass. Swampy Pass Trail, 439, leads westward from the trailhead into the West Elk Wilderness.

Swampy Pass Trail - Swampy Pass Trail is a good access to the West Elk Wilderness from the Ohio Creek Road. The trail is very scenic.

More Information

Visitor Information:

Gunnison National Forest, 216 North Colorado , Gunnison, CO, 81230, Phone: 970-641-0471


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