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Quick Facts

Lime Creek Four-Wheel Drive Road

Beginning Elevation: 8,850 Feet (2758.7 Meters)
Difficulty: More Difficult
Elevation Gain: 1,900 Feet (592.3 Meters)
Ending Elevation: 10,750 Feet (3351.0 Meters) at old mill ruins
Length, One-way: 4.9 Miles (8.17 Kilometers)
Other Maps: Vail Pass Winter Recreation Area
Road Number: 743
Ti Topo Maps: #108 Vail, Frisco, Breckenridge
USGS Maps: Redcliff; Minturn




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General Description

INTRODUCTION
This road is a short, scenic spur off of the two wheel dirt road, Shrine Pass. Depending upon time and desire, this spur can be reached from either the top of Vail Pass, or through the town of Redcliff.

This spur does have a few rough spots, primarily at the beginning. There are rock holes and shelves that angle across the road and test your suspension system. A short climb leads to a creek crossing, then climbs from a wooded area to a grassy bowl. It ends at an area that is a favorite for campers. At this point, look for the remnants of an old saw mill.

TRAIL TIPS
There are a few sections with steep drop-offs that may be tough for those with a fear of heights. Some sections exist where opposite wheels will lose traction if you are not careful with your wheel placement.

Directions from Vail: Follow I-70 west to the Minturn exit (#171). Follow Highway 24 south through the town of Minturn for 9 miles until you come to the turn-off for the town of Redcliff just before crossing the suspension bridge. Travel east 1/2 mile to the town of Redcliff, and take the first road to the left. This road turns into the two wheel drive dirt road, Shrine Pass. Travel Shrine Pass until you see the marked trailhead for Lime Creek at approximately 2 miles from town. When you have finished the spur, travel back on Lime Creek, and then either take a right (west) back to Redcliff, or a left to complete Shrine Pass to the top of Vail Pass and I-70.

Seasonal Information:
Normally Accessible: Summer through Fall (NOTE: Seasons vary depending on snow depth) .



Current Conditions & Trip Reports
OPEN expect snow drifts and mud. Updated: 2001-06-13 11:37:00.0


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Recommend to a Friend: Highly
Report: This is a nice up and back trip off Shrine Pass Trail. We did it on dirt bikes and it was fine, but about a half mile up the trail, a nonmodified Cherokee was stopped at a very tough spot that I doubt they made it through. The large, vertical rocks made this place difficult, if not imossible for a stock suspension/travel setup.



Recreation Opportunities
Activity Remarks On Site
ICON Four-Wheel Driving
Yes
ICON ATV Riding
Yes
ICON Motorcycle Riding
Yes
ICON Snowmobiling
Yes



Related Activities
Shrine Pass Road - The Shrine Pass Road is an improved gravel road which runs from Redcliff, over Shrine Pass, to the top of Vail Pass.

Upper Eagle River General Forest Area - The Upper Eagle River General Forest Area includes most of the area from Minturn, south to Tennessee Pass.



More Information
Frequently Asked Questions
Email the Local Ranger

Visitor Information:

Holy Cross Ranger District, 24747 US HWY 24, P.O. Box 190 , Minturn, CO, 81645, Phone: 970-827-5715, Fax: 970-827-9343

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