Beaver Creek Trailhead


Range: Front Range
Coordinates: 39.270736, -106.015529
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Road Difficulty

2WD, rough dirt road 2   (0=Paved, 6=Very Difficult 4WD)
Easy 2WD to creek crossing. 4WD needed to cross to the east side of the creek.

Driving Directions

From 990 Main St in Fairplay, go NE on Fourth Street to T-junction and turn N (left) onto Bogue St and go through stop sign. Continue north then turn east (right) into FS 413 at mile ~2.8. Go east to parking area and forest service gate at mi 3.1 - this large parking area and gate is the winter closure and parking area. If it's open, continue on FS 659. There will be a significant creek crossing to the right farther up the road - plenty of parking here and where you'll start your hike if you can't go through the creek. Unless you have a 4WD vehicle to go through the creek, park and cross the creek on foot.If you can continue through the creek to the east side, continue ~1 more mile on FS Road 184 to the TH (approximately 11,180').

Winter Access

Park at winter forest service gate and continue on foot.
Status Updates 
Posted By: hokiehead
Info: 1-3" of snow on much of 659 and 184. Creek maybe 3" deep, no problem for stick 4WD truck.
Posted By: PikaSteve
Info: Smooth road to 2WD trailhead where FS184 crosses Beaver Creek. Early fall, so low water. Creek crossing is easy with 4WD: water is on the road for about 100 feet long, but mostly less than 6 inches deep with gentle slopes at both ends. If crossing on foot, creek is only about 8 feet wide and there is a pile of rocks for easy crossing just upstream from road. Road to 4WD trailhead was mostly smooth dirt with just a few rocks, roots and water bars.
Posted By: 13erRetriever
Info: Didn’t hike Silverheels today, but went to check out the TH for possible hike next week. It should be noted that the Beaver Creek road is closed at the beginning, at about 10,370 ft, from December 1-June 15 of each year. There are TWO locked gates blocking the road at this point, so no chance of getting through until they are opened for the summer. Other than that, road has some deep washboards to the lower TH but I think any 2wd could make it.
Posted By: E_A_Marcus_949
Info: I added this Trailhead to on 7/22/19 after having been there this weekend for Mt. Silverheels and not having any additional info on the TH apart from JQDivide’s TR and Roach’s 13ers book (both are GREAT resources that helped immensely). This TH is in great shape until the creek. If you have a lifted or 4WD vehicle you can make it through the creek (at least knee-deep in parts), keep going on the decent road to the TH at an old road around 11k - plenty of space to park there and start the hike.

The TH is easy to get to in a Forester and a sedan would make it just fine to the creek as well.

**If you have any suggestions for the TH directions, please let me know - I will happily update and adjust as necessary**

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