Indiana Creek  
USGS 7.5' Map: Boreas Pass, Breckenridge
Difficulty: Number: Miles: Altitude: Obstacles: Time:
Easy 3 FR 593 2.00 10,440 to 11,200 ft. Brush 1-2 hours
County: Summit
Adopted by:      
Managed by: White River National Forest
Dillon Ranger District
680 Blue River Parkway
Silverthorne, CO 80498
Summary: Indiana Creek is a short 4WD road that drops off of the Boreas Pass road and connects to County Road 593 then out to Hwy 9.
Attractions: Scenery
Agency - November 23 to May 20
Best Time: June - Snow may still cover section in the trees
July - Best
August - Best
September - Best
October - Early snows possible
Trail Heads
Camping: There are two dispersed campsites along the road on public lands.
Base Camp: This would not be a good place to base camp. The sites are small.
Fall Colors: Poor - Mostly pine forest.
Navigation: To drive down Indiana Creek, from Breckenridge, CO. head south on South Main Street toward Washington Ave for 0.4 miles. Turn left to stay on South Main Street and go 0.3 miles. Turn left onto Boreas Pass Road and go 1.2 miles. Turn right onto Illinois Gulch Road and go 0.5 miles. Take a slight left onto County Rd 518 and go 0.2 miles. Turn left onto Illinois Gulch Road and go 341 feet. Turn right onto Boreas Pass Road and go 5.5 miles. Look for a Forest Service sign and a dirt road leaving the Boreas Pass Road to the right. This is the start of Indiana Creek, FR593.

To drive up Indiana Creek, from Breckenridge, CO head south on South Main Street toward Washington Ave for 0.4 miles. Turn left onto CO-9 S/S Main Street and continue to follow CO-9 South for 1.3 miles. Turn left onto Wagon Road and go 0.3 miles. Turn left onto Indiana Creek Road and go to the public lands boundary. This is the start of Pennsylvania Creek, FR611.3A, which comes to an intersection in less than a quarter mile. Take the left to start up Indiana Creek, FR593.
History: Along Indiana Creek was the town of Conger's Camp on the wagon road from Breckenridge to Boreas Pass. It was centered around the Diantha silver mine discovered by Colonel Samuel Conger. Conger is better know for discovering the silver load at Caribou and figuring out that the black metallic ore found near Nederland was tungsten. Conger's Camp had a mill, stores, and about twenty cabins. The post office opened in 1880 but closed soon after in 1883 when the silver ore pinched out.

Today the mountain property developement in Indiana Gulch near Blue River has obliterated the site where Conger's Camp was.

Jessen, Kenneth Ghost Towns Colorado Style, Volumn 1, 1st ed. Loveland, Colorado: J.V. Publications, 1998. Print.
Indiana Creek 4WD road is a short road that drops down to Indiana Creek from the Boreas Pass Road. It starts off of the Boreas Pass road at a wide curve. Look for a Forest Service carsonite sign. You will drop down into the trees and begin your decent to the creek below. After a quarter mile there will be an intersection with Dyerville, FR597, to the left. Stay to the right and continue down through the trees.

Indiana Creek 4WD road

photo by:
Adam Mehlberg

Most of the road runs through thick pine forest. Thier will be a few creek crossings that have some tight brush to get through. Once you get closer to Indiana Creek you will start to see a wide open meadow through the trees. The road will slowly approach the meadow and then head across it to an intersection. This is the end of the Indiana Creek 4WD road where it ties into the Pennsylvania Creek 4WD road.
Data updated - December 22, 2014        4WD Road driven - July 22, 2014        Copyright - 2000-2015