Rock Creek Trailhead


Range: Gore Range

Driving Directions

From I-70 exit 205, head north on Highway 9 through the town of Silverthorne. Rock Creek Road will be on the left, some 8 miles north of the interchange. This is Summit County road 1350. At first it is a good dirt road. After about 1½ miles of driving on 1350, turn left where multiple signs indicate the Rock Creek trail. This road is rougher, and continues for about 2½ miles to the trailhead. (Note: Distances not precise.)

Winter Access

Status Updates 
Posted By: RckyMntnHgh
Info: Gate closed
Posted By: Tornadoman
Info: Road was in reasonable shape. A few bumpy patches, the roughest spot was right before the trailhead where there are quite a few moderate sized holes and a few rocks to dodge. Made it in a Corolla with careful driving.
Posted By: randomboulder
Info: Road is open to the TH. Some bumps and ruts, but not bad. Any AWD/4WD vehicle should be able to make it and possibly 2WD with careful driving.
Posted By: CSchoick
Info: Road is in good shape, 2wd will make it, no major ruts.
Posted By: SolarAlex
Info: the road was in good shape, a few decent ruts that would require some clearance, but anything with awd/4wd should be fine...good clearance 2wd should be ok too, only 1 steepish hill to negotiate and its short. there was a mini at the trailhead.
Posted By: planet54
Info: Gate is locked at the winter closure. Road to Lower Cataract Lake is open.
Posted By: goingup
Info: Clear to TH. Bumpy with many deep holes. 4WD with some clearance necessary. Keller Mountain had lots of snow on it (hip deep in some spots on my 5‘ 4" frame).
Posted By: d_baker
Info: TH is closed at winter location, about 1.5 miles down from summer time trail head. The Rock Creek Rd from Hwy 9 is steep, slick, snowpacked, and has 0 grains of sand on it. Proceed with caution!

From winter closure, the road to summer time TH is packed from skiers and snowshoers. It can be booted.
Posted By: CarpeDM
Info: After an easy start, the last mile+ gets to be a rough ride - not bottoming out rough, though. I got my low-clearance 2wd to the trailhead without much problem.
Posted By: Steve Knapp
Info: Road is cleared of downed trees and no snow all the way to the trailhead. There are a couple very rough sections, I would not plan on getting a 2wd car all the way to the end. A couple Subarus and a Honda CRV made it, everyone else parked at the TH had 4WD high clearance.
Posted By: TravelingMatt
Info: This TH can be used to access Keller Mountain and the Grand Traverse. The road after making the left turn is rather rough, but there were 2wd cars at the trailhead.

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