Italian Creek Road

Gunnison National Forest, Colorado

Elevation Gain6,172ft
Trailhead Elevation9,832ft
Elevation Min/Max9813/12029ft
Elevation Start/End9832/9832ft

Italian Creek Road

Italian Creek Road is a hiking, biking, and horse trail in , Colorado. It is within Gunnison National Forest. It is 16.8 miles long and begins at 9,832 feet altitude. Traveling the entire trail is 33.7 miles with a total elevation gain of 6,172 feet. The Stewart Mine (elevation 11,873 feet) and Last Hope Mine (elevation 11,457 feet) quarries can be seen along the trail. This trail connects with the following: Flag Divide Road, Cement Creek Jeep Trail, Star Trail 411, Flag Creek, Italian Connector Trail, Reno Divide Trail, Italian Pass Jeep Trail, Lily Pond, Star Mine Road, American Flag Road and Lily Pond Road.

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Guide to Colorado Backroads & 4-Wheel Drive Trails, Vol. 1 (FunTreks)
Charles A. Wells
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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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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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Gunnison National Forest
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Local Contacts
Colorado Atlas and Gazetteer; Gunnison National Forest; Trails Illustrated Crested Butte, Pearl Pass #131
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