Pierson Park Road

Total Miles
5.2

Elevation

2,845.50 ft

Duration

2.5 Hours

Technical Rating

5

Moderate

Best Time

Summer, Fall

Trail Overview

Both sides are open. The southern side is fun for ATVs and UTVs. It is somewhat flat, with camping available along the route. You'll be in the trees for the most part, but check out the views when you get to the high points. There are some fun side roads to explore, including those around Peirson Park on the northside of the trail. Open June 15 through November 30.

Photos of Pierson Park Road

Pierson Park Road
Pierson Park Road
Pierson Park Road

Difficulty

Moderate. Much of route is easy, but several sections are steep and mildly rocky. High clearance and lowrange gearing are recommended.

History

In September 2013, the Colorado Front Range experienced eight days of record-breaking rainfall. The Twin Sisters area received 15 inches of rain, resulting in a massive landslide. The U.S. Geological Survey recorded over 1,300 landslides during that period. Parts of the Pierson Park 4x4 road were destroyed and cannot be repaired due to debris piles with car-sized boulders and trenches up to 10 feet deep. The landslide started around 10,000 ft. and stopped after traveling more than a mile and a half down the mountain.

Technical Rating

5

Status Reports

Preston Marion
Dec 31, 2023
4x4
Temporarily Closed
Seasonal Closure
Closed Gate
Austin Witman
Nov 19, 2023
4x4
Open
Snow/Ice
Drew Coffman
Oct 23, 2023
4x4
Open
Dusty
Rough/Deteriorated
Andy Wickham
Oct 15, 2023
4x4
Open

Access Description

Starting at south end: From Meeker Park on Highway 7, between mileposts 11 and 12 south of Estes Park, head east on Cabin Creek Road, County Road 82. Turn right on County Road 82E and go 1.1 miles to F.S. 119 on left. To drive north half: From Highway 36 east of Estes Park at the east end of Lake Estes, head south 2.9 miles on paved Fish Creek Road. Turn left on Little Valley Road (gravel) and follow this south through a residential area. Climb switchbacks to the trail.

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