Sevenmile  
Maps:        
USGS 7.5' Map: Antero Reservoir, Marmot Peak, Harvard Lakes
Statistics:
Difficulty: Number: Miles: Altitude: Obstacles: Time:
Easy - 1 FR 311 12.0 8,080 - 9,800 ft. NA 1-2 hours
County: Chaffee
Adopted by:      
Managed by: Pike/San Isabel National Forest
Salida Ranger District
325 West Rainbow Blvd.
Salida, CO 81201
719-539-3591
Summary: Sevenmile is an easy 4WD road that connects Trout Creek Pass on US-Hwy285 with Buena Vista, CO. It goes through forests and meadows with views of the Collegiate Peaks as it loosely follows Sevenmile Creek.
Attractions: Camping, Natural Arch, Scenic views of Arkansas River Valley.
Seasonal
Closure:
Agency - Open April 16 to November 30
Best Time: June - Best
July - Best
August - Best
September - Best
Trail Heads
Accessed:
FT 1413 - Davis Meadow (Non-Motorized)
FT 1414 - ATV, Motorcycle, Mountain Bike
Camping: Dispersed campsites are at the ends of spur roads FR311.B, FR311.C, FR311.D, FR311.E, and FR311.F. These sites are medium to large in size.
Base Camp: This area would be a good place to base camp. There are a large number of easy 4WD roads including Aspen Ridge, Lenhardy Cut-off, and Bald Mountain. There is also the difficult 4WD road, Chinaman, and the extreme 4WD road, Carnage Canyon south of Sevenmile.
Fall Colors: Good, there are aspen and pine along the meadows as well as distance views of the aspen on the flanks of the Collegiate Peaks.
Navigation: From Buena Vista, CO go east on East Main Street for 0.2 miles. Turn left onto North Colorado Avenue. Go 0.3 miles and continue on Cnty Road 371 crossing the Arkansas River. After 2.2 miles turn right onto Cnty Road 375 and go 1.1 miles to Cnty Road 376. Turn right onto Cnty Road 376 and go 1.9 miles to Cnty Road 373. Turn left onto Cnty Road 373 and go 0.5 miles to Forest Road 311, a right turn.

From Fairplay, CO head south on US Hwy 285 for 22.2 miles. At the top of Trout Creek Pass turn right onto Forest Road 311.
History:  
Description:
Sevenmile is an easy 4WD road that connects Buena Vista with Trout Creek Pass by going through the Pike/San Isabell National Forest. From Trout Creek Pass the road crosses a wide meadow, which is State Land, before climbing into the forest and crossing over a saddle. On the other side the road descends toward Sevenmile Creek. It passed through another section of private property and passes spur roads to campsites.

As you work your way down the Sevenmile Creek drainage there are great views of the Collegiate Peaks on the other side of the Arkansas Valley. The lower section of the road winds through open meadows and juniper stands. At the intersection with the Lenhardy Cut-off, FR376, you can head down toward Buena Vista or head up FR376 back to Trout Creek Pass.

Data updated 10/18/11       4WD Road driven 09/03/11       Copyright 4X4Explore.com - 2000-2011