Phoenix  
Maps:    
USGS 7.5' Map: Nederland
Statistics:
Difficulty: Number: Miles: Altitude: Obstacles: Time:
Easy 2 FR105, FR109 11.66 8,600 to 9,400 ft. NA 2-3 hours
County: Gilpin
Adopted by:      
Managed by: Roosevelt National Forest
Boulder Ranger District
2140 Yarmouth Ave.
Boulder, CO 80301
(303)541-2500
Summary: Phoenix 4WD road is a connection from the West Magnolia area to Rollinsville.
Attractions: Mining History
Seasonal
Closure:
Agency - December 1 to May 14
Best Time: June - May still be drifted in.
July - Best time.
August - Best time.
September - Best time.
October - Watch for early snows.
Trail Heads
Accessed:
 
Camping: There are a number of dispersed camp sites at the north end of the Phoenix 4WD road in the West Magnolia system of roads and trails.
Base Camp: This would be a good area to base camp and explore the 4WD roads and hiking trails in the West Magnolia area.
Fall Colors: Average - There are a few stands of aspen trees among the pines.
Navigation: From Rollinsville, CO. head west on County Rd 16/Main St/E Portal Rd for 0.8 miles. Take a slight right onto Forest Service Camp Rd and go 0.5 miles passing the Forest Service buildings. Continue northwest on the Phoenix 4WD road.

From Nederland, CO. head south on Colorado Hwy 119/Colorado Hwy 72 for 1.9 miles. Turn right onto Haul Road and go 1.4 miles, passing the first entrance into the West Magnolia area, to a left turn, the second entrance into the West Magnolia area. Follow this road past the dispersed campsites to an intersection. The right turn starts the Phoenix 4WD road.
History:
Description:
This description is from the north end of FR105. After leaving the West Magnolia dispersed camping area you will head south on FR355.1. At a four way intersection after a creek crossing you will be connecting with FR105, the Phoenix 4WD road. The left hand road, FR105.2B is a short loop that comes back to the main road. Straight ahead is FR105.2A which will dead end. The right hand road, FR105.1 is the correct way to head. The road heads west through thick pine forest. You will head south for a short distance and come to what looks like an intersection except that the road ahead is a short dead end. Take the right to continue west again. Shortly you will come to a long thin meadow. From here up in the forest to the south at the top of the hill is the Star Mine. This is private property.
Star Mine

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Adam M

Star Mine Stamp Mill

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Adam M

Stamp Mill detail

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Adam M

Star Mine

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Adam M

Star Mine

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Adam M


Continuing west on the road you will head up and out of the meadow. After a short distance you will come to another intersection where the Lone Star Mine is. It is a smaller mine.
Lone Star Mine

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Adam M

Lone Star Mine

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Adam M


The road to the south, or left will continue FR105.1. If you notice in the track log files I drove two different loops that ended up back at the Lone Star Mine. These loops are similar, but different from what is shown on the 2010 Boulder Ranger District MVUM.

The first loop takes off of FR105.1 just before the creek crossing below the Lone Star Mine. This is FR109.1A which continues on the north side of the creek through some wooded areas before heading back up to the north. This section of FR109.1A is on private property though there are no signs. You will come to an intersection. Take the right to get back to the Lone Star Mine.

The second loop starts just past the first loop on the other side of the creek, FR109.1. This loop is longer and stays on the south side of the creek. After about 3/4 of a mile you will come to an intersection. The left goes up hill and climbs into the trees. After a short distance it gets very narrow and becomes more of a motorcycle trail. This is FR109.1B and it should connect with FR512 just over the ridge. Back at the intersection, the right will continue on FR109.1 and cross the creek. The road will climb up to the north and come to another intersection. The left takes you to a gate on private property. The right will head back east and come out at the Lone Star Mine again.

To exit the Phoenix area, stay on FR105.1 after leaving the Lone Star Mine. Cross the creek and head back up to the top of the ridge where there is a large intersection. The road back down to the north heads to two small reservoirs. The road to the right through the trees is FR512.1 which runs along the top of the ridge. Continue straight to stay on FR105.1. After a mile you will come to the Forest Service workshop buildings. The road will continue around them and head down along a meadow to connect with County Road 16. Head left on County Road 16 to go to Rollinsville.
Data updated: March 20, 2014        4WD Road driven: July 11, 2011        Copyright 4X4Explore.com - 2000-2014