Italian Creek and Reno Divide

Crested Butte, Colorado

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Italian Creek Road is not as well known as Pearl Pass and Taylor Pass. However, it offers some unique challenges to the hard-core four-wheeler, primarily in the form of boulder fields and bogs. It is part of a great loop trail when combined with Pearl and Taylor. Both ends of the trail are popular recreation areas for hikers, bikers, fisherman, ATV and dirt bike riders. Many great places to camp along the trail. The connecting Reno Divide portion is less traveled and very remote. Combine this trail with Pearl and Taylor Passes for a great weekend adventure. Popular run for 4-wheel-drive clubs. A narrow, remote road with steep climbs and potential mud bogs in wet weather. Moderate rating is based on dry conditions. Becomes difficult in rainy weather especially in early part of summer. A stock 4x4 with high clearance and low-range gearing can manage the trail when dry. Aggressive tire tread is very important. Do not drive this trail alone. Not recommended for novice drivers. Alternate trip via the Upper Reno Divide is difficult and dangerous.

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"Italian Creek Road is not as well known as Pearl Pass and Taylor Pass. However, it offers some unique challenges to the hard-core four-wheeler, primarily in the form of boulder fields and bogs. It is part of a great loop trail when combined with Pearl and Taylor. Both ends of the trail are popular recreation areas for hikers, bikers, fisherman, ATV and dirt bike riders. Many great places to camp along the trail. The connecting Reno Divide portion is less traveled and very remote. Combine this trail with Pearl and Taylor Passes for a great weekend adventure.

Popular run for 4-wheel-drive clubs. A narrow, remote road with steep climbs and potential mud bogs in wet weather. Moderate rating is based on dry conditions. Becomes difficult in rainy weather especially in early part of summer. A stock 4x4 with high clearance and low-range gearing can manage the trail when dry. Aggressive tire tread is very important. Do not drive this trail alone. Not recommended for novice drivers. Alternate trip via the Upper Reno Divide is difficult and dangerous."

Activity Type: Off-Highway Drives
Nearby City: Crested Butte
Distance: 27
Trail Type: Shuttle
Difficulty: Difficult
Duration: 3 to 5 hours
Season: Spring through fall; when snow free
Local Contacts: Gunnison National Forest
Local Maps: Colorado Atlas and Gazetteer; Gunnison National Forest; Trails Illustrated Crested Butte, Pearl Pass #131

Italian Creek and Reno Divide Reviews

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This is a GREAT ride. Fairly easy until about half way up with fantastic views, stop and check out the mine. We took the bike trail to the summit of American Flag Mountain, what a great ride, be careful the last quarter mile to the top!
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