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Hiking & Walking: Colorado > Grand Mesa, Uncompahgre and Gunnison National Forests > Taylor River Ranger District

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Carbon-Red Mountain Road # 563

Beginning Elevation: 9,100 Feet (2836.7 Meters)
Difficulty: Moderate
Elevation Gain: 1,200 Feet (374.1 Meters)
Ending Elevation: 10,300 Feet (3210.7 Meters)
Length: 4.5 Miles (7.5 Kilometers) where it loops back onto itself
Other Maps: Trails Illustrated: 131, 133, 134
Recommended Season: Summer to Fall
Road Number: 563
Usage: Moderate
USGS Maps: Crested Butte, Mt. Axtell

Satellite and Topo Map

General Description

After leaving Carbon Creek this route climbs gradually through aspen groves until it forks. This is a loop road and either side of the fork will eventually bring you back to this point. The total mileage for this route is approximately five and a half miles. This road passes through private land, please respect owner's rights.

Directions from Gunnison: Travel two miles north on Highway 135 to Ohio Creek Road. Turn left and travel ten miles north on Ohio Creek Road to Carbon Creek Road. Carbon Creek Road leads to the right of Ohio Creek Road. Follow Carbon Creek Road three miles north to the Carbon-Red Mountain Road #563. Turn right on to Carbon-Red Mountain Road.

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Difficulty: Moderate
Number of People Encountered: 0-10 ppl
Recommend to a Friend: Neutral
Report: 4.5 mi. Med usage. Near Gunnison

Recreation Opportunities
Activity Remarks On Site
ICON Four-Wheel Driving Carbon-Red Mountain Road # 563
ICON Motorcycle Riding Carbon-Red Mountain Road

Related Activities
Carbon Creek Road #737 - The road is usually passable by two wheel drive vehicles and follows Carbon Creek for the entire distance.

More Information

Visitor Information:

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


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