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Hiking & Walking: Colorado > San Juan National Forest > Mancos-Dolores Ranger District

Quick Facts

McPhee/House Creek Bike Route

Average Time: 1-4 Hours
Beginning Elevation: 6,900 Feet (2150.9 Meters)
Difficulty: Easy
Elevation Gain: 700 Feet (218.2 Meters)
Ending Elevation: 7,600 Feet (2369.1 Meters)
Length, One-way: 8 Miles (13.33 Kilometers)
USGS Maps: Boggy Draw, Trimble Point, (San Juan National Forest map)

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General Description

This area offers two mountain bike route choices. The longer route (16.0 miles) starts and finishes at the campground. The shorter route (8.0 miles) begins 4.0 miles up the paved road from the campground where vehicles can be parked at a turnoff. From here, ride east about 1.5 miles on the paved road and turn left at the stop sign onto Forest Road 526 which quickly turns to gravel.

Stay on the gravel road for a little more than one mile and make a left onto Forest Road 529. Continue on 529 for two miles where the gravel road crosses a cattleguard and becomes dirt. At 0.6 mile beyond the cattleguard, turn left onto road 529 D and begin a two mile descent that will cross the House Creek drainage and go back up a short hill section to the paved road.

Directions from Dolores, Colorado: Follow the McPhee Reservoir and House Creek Recreation signs north onto Forest Road 526. Travel this road 7.0 miles before turning left onto Road 528 and proceed 5.5 miles to the reservoir and House Creek recreation area.

Seasonal Information:
Normal Services Available: Memorial Day Weekend through Labor Day Weekend .

Current Conditions & Trip Reports
Check with Ranger District for current conditions. (970) 882-7296 Updated: 2001-06-19 15:08:00.0

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Recreation Opportunities
Activity Remarks On Site
ICON Road Biking McPhee/House Creek Bike Route
ICON Viewing Scenery McPhee Reservoir

Related Activities
Mcphee Campground - McPhee Recreation Complex, on the south side of McPhee Reservoir, has the most modern camping facilities on the forest. There are showers, flush toilets, a sanitary dumping station, and 16 sites with electric hookups.

Mcphee Group Picnic Ground - McPhee Group Area has camping and picnicking sites, which are next to McPhee Campground. Volleyball posts, a ball field, and horseshoe pits are provided.

Mcphee Group Site - McPhee Group Area has camping and picnicking sites, which are next to McPhee Campground. Volleyball posts, a ball field, and horseshoe pits are provided.

McPhee Reservior Recreation Area - McPhee Reservoir is the largest reservoir in the San Juan and Rio Grande National Forests.

McPhee Reservoir Documentary Site - Even if you do not actually see individual animals, you will find the type of natural habitat where they can be found. Most species are best seen during very early morning hours or late afternoon and evening.

More Information
Frequently Asked Questions
Email the Local Ranger

Visitor Information:

Dolores Public Lands Office, 29211 Hwy 184 , Dolores, CO, 81323, Phone: 970-882-7296, Fax: 970-882-6841, TTY: 970-882-6842


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