Soap Creek FR 721

Total Miles
10.3

Elevation

2,573.13 ft

Duration

2 Hours

Technical Rating

4

Moderate

Best Time

Spring, Summer, Fall

Trail Overview

At mile 11 starting from Highway 92, the road starts getting harder. At this point, you start up a steep hill that has loose rocks and can be challenging especially if it is wet. Once you crest the hill, it flattens out for 0.25 miles, then you descend another steep and rocky hill. After that, the road is fairly easy. There are some open parks on the route and some good camping spots along the way next to Soap Creek. At the end of the road is a trailhead into West Elks Wilderness.

Photos of Soap Creek FR 721

Soap Creek FR 721
Soap Creek FR 721
Soap Creek FR 721

Difficulty

There are 2 steep and rocky hills that can be slippery when wet.

Technical Rating

4

Status Reports

Lori Harris
Jun 14, 2024
4x4
Open
Normal
First of the road somewhat muddy in the morning but dried up by early afternoon with the sun, not too dusty. Side creeks were low or dry. Soap Creek itself was rolling pretty high and fast, especially at the higher terrain areas. Chose not to do the actual Soap Creek crossing towards the end since it was running high and we were by ourselves. Overall made a great trail ride to explore in a new area for us. Mountain greenery and wildflowers were beautiful.

Access Description

From Highway 50 and Highway 92, follow 92 across Blue Mesa Dam to FR 271 on your right at about 1.5 miles. There are 2 Forest Service campgrounds and a lot of dispersed camping along the way, as well as areas to stage from. Note that at about 10.5 miles, do not take a trailer any further as there is no place to turn around. At this point, there is a campsite on your right that you can park at, but it is not very big. Just before this at about 10 miles, there is a good place to stage from. Cell phone service is spotty. The only restrooms are at the campgrounds.

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