trail is great for families.
A small area with network of forest roads to explore. Great for unlicensed vehicle owners with kids. Lots of camping on north end. Best place to unload is at Waypoint 05 or drive in to designated numbered campsites. Champion Mill, with an outstanding 10-stamp press, is within short hike of F.S. 105. Mill is on private property. We spoke with landowner who said it is okay to hike in from Waypoint 03 to see mill if you are quiet and don’t leave trash. He lives nearby. Absolutely no dirt bikes on the hiking trail. Stamp Mill may someday be moved to museum in Nederland. Trails open May 15-Nov. 30.
Submitted by Charles Wells
The trail itself hasn’t changed much, but there is a change to the start. What used to be a Forest Service Work Center at the beginning of the trail has been sold, and the house is now a private residence. I called the Forest Service and they confirmed you can still drive past the house to the forest gate behind, despite a sign where you turn off County Road 16 that says the trail is closed. It should say it’s just a seasonal closure between Dec. 1 and May 14. And remember, sometimes the opening can be delayed due to excessive wetness.