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

Quick Facts

Italian Creek Road #759

Beginning Elevation: 9,822 Feet (2994 Meters) Taylor River Road
Difficulty: More Difficult
Elevation Gain: 4,378 Feet (1334 Meters)
Ending Elevation: 9,800 Feet (2987 Meters) Cement Creek Road
High Point: 12,000 Feet (3658 Meters) Reno Divide
Length: 17.0 Miles (27.4 Kilometers) to Cement Creek Road
Other Maps: Trails Illustrated: 131 Crested Butte, Pearl Pass
Recommended Season: Summer to Fall
Trail Number: 759
Usage: Heavy
USGS Maps: Pieplant, Italian Creek, Pearl Pass

Satellite and Topo Map

General Description

From the Taylor River, this route follows Italian Creek to Reno Divide. The road leaves the Taylor River at 9,822 feet and climbs steadily. Three miles from the Taylor (10,120 feet) Italian Creek Road is intersected by the Lily Pond Motorized Trail. The road continues to climb toward Reno Divide and follows Italian Creek for the next four miles. After passing the Star Mine and Star Trailhead (motorized) the road then climbs up over Reno Divide (12,000 ft). From this point it begins to switchback and descend into the Cement Creek drainage. Travel restrictions may be in effect. Please check the current Travel Map.

Directions from Almont: Travel 31 miles north on the Taylor River Road, 742. Less than a mile passed the Pot Hole Lakes is the junction with Italian Creek Road, 759.

Directions from Crested Butte: Travel eight miles south on Highway 135. Turn on to Cement Creek Road (740) and travel east for seven miles to the junction with Italian Creek Road.

Current Conditions & Trip Reports

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Filed By: Sarah (Colorado Springs, CO)
Difficulty: Moderate
Number of People Encountered: 25-50 ppl
Recommend to a Friend: Neutral
Report: Road is smooth, but narrow. Be prepared for some precarious passing/yielding when encountering other vehicles. I drove this road with a stock (uncustomized) Nissan Frontier 4x4 4-cylinder and didn't even have to shift into 4-low.
Conditions: Decent campsites, if you don't mind a long drive to and from other activities in the area. We camped 10.5 miles from highway 135.
Water Availability: Plenty.

Difficulty: Moderate
Number of People Encountered: 0-10 ppl
Recommend to a Friend: Highly
Report: Italian creek road was one of the best trails I have been on in the Crested Butte area. It was very fun and exciting. When you get to Italian mountain do no chicken out go all the way up. The view is spectacular and the trail isn't all that hard.

Difficulty: Moderate
Number of People Encountered: 0-10 ppl
Recommend to a Friend: Highly
Report: We road this on dirt bikes on 7-5-2000. Great connecting route from Taylor Park into Cement Creek near Crested Butte. Rocky but fairly easy on a motorcycle. Star Trail #411 starts/ends off of this trail

Recreation Opportunities
Activity Remarks On Site
ICON Four-Wheel Driving Italian Creek Road
ICON Horseback Riding Italian Creek Road
ICON Mountain Biking Italian Creek Road
ICON ATV Riding Italian Creek Road
ICON Motorcycle Riding Italian Creek Road

Related Activities
Star Trail - The Star Trail is a multi-use trail that leads from Reno Divide to Rocky Brook Road northwest of Taylor Park Reservoir.

Star Trailhead - Star Trailhead is located on Rocky Brook Road, Forest Service Road 748. It accesses the multi-use Star Trail, 411.

More Information

Visitor Information:

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


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