RANCH CREEK ROAD - FSR 755
Length: 2.4 miles (one way) Trail Use: Moderate
Difficulty: More Difficult Open To: 4WD, Biking, Hiking,
Beginning Elevation: 9,316 ft. Ending Elevation: 11,326 ft.
Elevation Gain: +2010 ft. USGS Map(s): Pando
Access from Vail: From I-70, take Exit 171 for Minturn and Hwy. 24. Turn right and continue south on Hwy. 24 approximately 17 miles to Road #702 (at north end of Camp Hale immediately after crossing a bridge over the railroad tracks), turn left. After turning off US Hwy 24, travel a very short distance, turn right following sign for FSR 702. Bear left across small earthen bridge at 0.5 miles. Turn right at a T interesection where FSR 714 goes right. Follow this easy dirt road about 1.7 miles to Ranch Creek Road - FSR 755 on the left.
Trail Highlights: This very steep road has several scenic overlooks of Mt. Elbert, Mt. Massive, the Sawatch Range, Homestake Peak, Camp Hale, and the Gore Range. Historic features include 3 old cabins along the route at mile points 0.1 and 1.9. This steep 4-wheel drive road offers a very scenic drive for the more serious jeeper. The steep muddy condition of the higher sections demand good judgment when the road is wet. Motorized vehicles are not allowed within 1/4 mile of any of the 10th Mtn. Division Huts. To continue to Jackal Hut (which must be reserved through the 10th Mtn. Division Hut Association), you must park and continue on foot or bike.