Sheep Creek

4.63 out of 5
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↑ 5,300 ft
↓ 5,200 ft
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Trail is tight single track in aspen groves with beautiful meadow crossings. Climbing is sustained on the counter-clockwise route. There is a creek crossing that requires route finding to best ford the creek due to beaver dams. This trails is highly recommended in Autumn during the color change.
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  •   Night Riding
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  • Winter Fat Biking
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October 3, 2016
stillfat Gnarly  
Review: Old-school high adventure ride way off the beaten path. Just finding the trailhead is a challenge, then there's the ride. Fast, cruisy and skinny singletrack through sunny aspen groves, a long, though mostly not-too-steep climb over a million baby heads, some jeep trail, and then a solid rip alongside the creek for a pretty good distance. Finish on the lollipop stem mostly uphill. You'll also probably have the place all to yourself.

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Bunny Hop

September 24, 2016
tomcat32 Bunny Hop  
Review: I really had a great time on this loop and caught it right at the peak of leaf color. Sheep Creek is a really nice trail with great singletrack, and never any huge climbs or descents. All the climbs are managable and the downhills flowy. The Twelvemile Trail is slightly more wild feeling with more rocks but all rideable. There are some good views of the Mosquito Range from the meadows and lots of riding through aspens. For a good description and photos, I have a blog with this ride at:

Similar Trail: Gold Dust

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January 18, 2016
Greg Heil World Champ  
Review: This is a pretty fantastic ride! It flies pretty far under the radar since it's basically out in the middle of nowhere, but the singletrack is superb, the views are gorgeous, and during the fall you can't beat the aspens!

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Bunny Hop

July 6, 2014
BHallinCO Bunny Hop  
Review: Wow, what a trail. Did this on a whim on the way back from Gunnison to Denver and what a great decision it was.

There isn't a lot of info on this trail out there and I found a few different (and semi-confusing) route descriptions but the one I chose seemed to be a great way to do it. Not sure why anyone would do Breakneck Pass unless you just want to put some extra dirt road miles on your bike.

I started at the end of 455 and rode up the dirt road to the trailhead for Sheep Creek. I probably could've drove my Jeep up there but the road was pretty rutted out and coming back down was fun and fast for the extra 1/2 mile climb.

So, once you get to the trailhead for Sheep Creek, it's a mile or so of slight downhill singletrack through aspen groves over to Cave Creek Crossing. Then a few ups and downs over semi-rocky singletrack until you hit the first tricky creek crossing for Twelve Mile creek. It's just under 3 miles in from the start. Just after that, you'll see the fork for the Twelve MIle trail. Hang a left.

Now you are on the Twelve Mile trail heading up. It's about 3 miles of rocky, gradual climbing. Not super steep or techy at all, but steady and bumpy enough to make your butt hurt after it. You'll cross over a few creeks, go through a few perhaps older campgrounds, some meadows (where the trail gets a little hard to see) and finally to FSR 173. There's a gate there, that's the road you want.

173 is a fun up and down rocky and rolling 4WD road. You'll be on that for a mile until you get to FSR 175. Just after you take a right on 175, maybe a 1/10 of a mile you'll see a cairned exit to the right just before the road goes uphill. This is where you hop back onto Sheep Creek trail.

Wow, what a descent. One of the best I've ever been on. It's 3 miles of tight, twisting singletrack through forest, along the creek and through some awesome sage brush. Fantastic. Could've been a little more technical just to keep it more interesting but regardless, so sweet.

You'll eventually get to the aforementioned fork for Twelve Mile/Sheep Creek. Head back the way you came, now it's back up the singletrack from earlier. Again, not steep but enough to make your legs really weary at the end.

Total distance was just over 14 miles. Took me 1:55.

I rode it on a Saturday and saw a few hikers and maybe 3 bikers. No traffic at all. I think if you were to ride this on a weekday, it would be totally dead. Nice thing about that is when you are coming down on the descent, you don't to worry about running into anyone so you can open it up and let it rip.

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Bunny Hop

May 28, 2014
Glove Bunny Hop  
Review: Very Beautiful area. I live and ride here, a lot! I was a bit confused by some of the photos posted. They do not seem to all be of sheep creek area. I see 12 mile lake. OK, directions: I believe p2mogul has some good directions posted. Stop by the local Fairplay / Pike National forest ranger station at the corner of hwy 285 / hwy 9 ; light And get a trail book / map OR call me for a guided tour! steglov at AOL dot com

Similar Trail: Gold Dust.

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July 29, 2011
p2moguls Bunny Hop  
Review: Well, might as well review it since the cat is out of the bag... Been riding here 3 or 4 times a year for the last 5 years or so and usually saw 0 people the entire 14 mile route. Two weeks ago I counted 20 while riding there over a weekend. Oh well, all good things must come to pass... This is one of my overall favorite rides for a variety of reasons. First and foremost, it feels remote, it's primitive...and it's the path less traveled. I've seen plenty of wildlife and whenever I did see people in the past, it sometimes freaked me out because it was so rare. It's mostly primo Colorado singletrack thru copious wildflowers in the spring and stellar aspen groves in the fall. Nothing is terribly difficult technically, but there are some fun obstacles like bridges, creeks, rock gardens and the log crossings at the 12 Mile Creek beaver dams that keep it interesting. The trail is narrow in places, often overgrown in spots, and in the upper meadows can be kind of faint. But cairns are visible to keep you on track now. It has some fun downhills but is a little more climbing overall the way we do it, including a climb out. The scenery is fantastic, and the trail conditions mostly pristine. It obviously gets very little traffic still so it's not skidded on and marred by boneheads who can't control their bikes. All in all, it's pretty much an epic ride at a decent elevation keeping it cool in the height of summer. Suggested route is up CR455 to the dead end where the trail head sign marks the start. Low clearance vehicles might opt to park at the bottom and ride up about a half mile. Start the tight single track downhill to Cave Creek, then a few moderate up and down sections through interspersed meadows with open views and aspen groves until you cross the 12 Mile Creek. At the intersection of Twelve Mile and Sheep Creek Trails, I prefer to take the left up 12 Mile Creek, an old double track. A few more creek crossings, some beautiful meadows lined with beaver ponds, and a few sweet, completely rideable rock gardens makes it a fun climb. You'll intersect with FSR 173 and can do the optional 12 Mile Lake Trail to your left as mentioned by other reviewers, or bear right over some fun rolly 4WD road which will deposit you in the valley at the base of Browns Pass and Sheep Mountain. Take a right on FSR 175 and look for the faint Sheep Creek Trail on your right on a slight uphill bend in the road, Let the rippin' commence as you drop along Sheep Creek and cross it, then loop back through intermittent pine and aspen forest to the intersection with the 12 Mile Creek Trail at the beaver dams. A great moderate climb out (with some fun downhills thrown in) deposits you back at your vehicle. Overall configuration as described is a lollipop. Sheep Crk. Tr. 645 to 12 Mile Crk. Tr 684 to FSR 173 to FSR 175 to Sheep Crk. Tr 645 then back up Sheep Crk. Tr. 645.

Similar Trail: Gold Dust Trail (Como), CT: Kenosha-Georgia, CT: Kenosha-Lost Creek, CT: Georgia to West Jefferson, Keystone Gulch/West Ridge/CT/Aqueduct loop, Dredge Boat/Tiger Road/CT loop (any combo of the aforementioned areas), CT and Buffalo Creek network etc. etc.

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September 7, 2010
John Fisch Epic  
Review: There is a lot of tight, unspoiled singletrack on this ride. How close you get to the actual trailhead will depend on whether you have a high clearance vehicle. About 2 - 3 miles in (depending on where you park), you will have the option of turning north on Twelvemile Creek trail or continuing on Sheep Creek trail. A loop can be made in either direction. This is all well represented on Trails Illustrated Map #100, Leadville/Fairplay. There is also an option for adding a short (about 1.5mi each way) out-and back to Twelvemile Lake--highly recommended. You get some great views of a high alpine cirque and the lake is very pretty. Be advised, however, that this will involve a very steep climb followed by a steep plummet to the lake. Of course, you'll have to climb back out from the lake on the way back, but then the dowhill is the best part of this whole ride. This route gets almost zero traffic, so if you're looking for solitude, this is the place (be self sufficient). Other than the climb in and out of Twelvemile Lake, all the climbs are of moderate grade, and there's not much technical on the route; just some rock gardens on Twelvemile Creek Trail as you climb from Sheep Creek Trail toward Twelvemile Lake Road. Starting from the end of the "good" road, the full lollipop loop with plus extension to Twelvemile Lake is about 17 miles (all above 10k feet).

Similar Trail: If its not a weekend/holiday, Kenosha Pass is a good choice. North of Fairplay, the Gold Dust Trail offers a similar experience.

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July 29, 2013
Review: This is an incredibly beautiful area, but I had a hell of a time finding the trailhead off of 455. Never actually did find it. Anyone have any better directions for me? We ended up hiking the top half from 173 since we couldn't find the trailhead, but would love to do the whole thing...

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