Lincoln Creek Road Trailhead


Range: Sawatch Range
Coordinates: 39.1196, -106.6892

Road Difficulty

Easy 4WD, good clearance recommended. 3   (0=Paved, 6=Very Difficult 4WD)

Driving Directions

From CO highway 82, the signed Lincoln Creek Road is located at mile 51.2. It is west of the Lost Man campground and east of the Grottoes trail. Turn south onto the road, immediately cross the Roaring Fork River and head right. It is a rough road from the start, and initially follows the river downstream, then turns south at the Lincoln Gulch campground. There are 22 numbered campsites along the road. At mile 3.3 from CO 82 is the New York Creek TH and at mile 4.3 is the Tabor Creek TH. Both are signed. Some 4.5 miles in, the road gets smoother. Pass the dam for the Grizzly Reservoir after some 6 miles and stay left at a private residence. The road gets rough again and soon reaches the the Grizzly Lake TH (signed) and Lincoln Portal campground. Some 8 miles in is the gully to reach Truro Lake (no trail). The road continues for access to Petroleum Lake and the townsite of Ruby.

Winter Access

Closed, as CO 82 is, but has a separate gate, so may close earlier and open later.
Status Updates 
Posted By: Jon Frohlich
Info: Road is fine to the Petroleum/Anderson TH. All the avalanche debris has been cleared.
Posted By: Stratosfearsome
Info: Open. Gate at mile 6.4 towards Ruby town site (by Grizzly Rez) was opened yesterday 6/9. (After I left to hike Anderson, of course!)
Posted By: TravelingMatt
Info: The Lincoln Creek road can be used to access several 13ers, including Grizzly. Had no trouble going 8+ miles in with a Toyota Rav4. Stopped at that point not due to road difficulties but because that‘s where I wanted to hike. Similar AWD should be fine in mid/late season driving with care; at least one other Rav4 went at least as far in as I did. Beyond the reservoir the road had occasional puddles or creek crossings which may be high in early season. At 7am on a Friday, most of the first dozen campsites were occupied but few were thereafter. On the way back around 3pm, many sites were open but I faced five or six oncoming vehicles, so they do seem to fill up on summer weekends.

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