Patterson Creek Trailhead


A visitor and an OHV vehicle at Patterson Trailhead

Patterson Creek Trailhead serves as the southern access point for the Blair Lake Trail #2048. The trailhead is located off Forest Road 601 at the boundary of the Flat Tops Wilderness. Blair Lake Trail runs 6.2 miles north, passing several scenic lakes and ending at the Crater Trailhead. The trail is open to hiking and horseback riding. 

Vehicles can be parked in the grass at the end of the road near the trailhead kiosk, so long as they are outside the Wilderness boundary. The trailhead is accessible from the east via Forest Road 640, from the south via Forest Road 601, and from the north via Blair Mountain Road (a continuation of Forest Road 601). 

This area is an active sheep grazing allotment during the summer. Please do not approach or harass the herd. If approached by a sheep guardian dog: remain calm and quiet, slowly leave the area, and firmly tell the dog “No” or “Go Back.”

At a Glance

Fees No fee
Restrictions: Motorized and mechanized uses are not permitted in Wilderness areas. 
Closest Towns: Glenwood Springs, CO
Water: No
Restroom: No
Operated By: Forest Service
Information Center: Rifle Ranger District: (970)-625-2371

General Information


These routes should be used by high clearance, 4-wheel drive vehicles only.

From Glenwood Springs, CO: Follow W. 6th Street north of I-70 to Traver Trail. Take a right onto Traver Trail and in 0.4 miles take another right onto Transfer Trail (Forest Road 602). Follow Transfer Trail to the parking area at the Forest boundary. From here, continue following Transfer Trail for another 20 miles to Forest Road 601. Turn left and follow FR 601 approximately 7 miles to the Elk Lakes. Just past the Elk Lakes, take a right onto Forest Road-601.2H; follow for a short distance to the trailhead. 

From the West Elk Trailhead, follow Forest Road 245 (the Buford-New Castle Road) 12.5 miles north to Forest Road 601 at Hiner Spring. Turn right and follow Forest Road 601 for 10 miles to Cow Lake. Take the right fork to continue on Forest Road 601, and follow for another 7.5 miles. At the bottom of Blair Mountain, turn left onto Forest Road 601.2H; follow for a short distance to the trailhead.

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