Spruce Mountain   Easy icon
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USGS 7.5' Map: Buckhorn Mountain, Drake
Statistics:
Difficulty: Number: Miles: Altitude: Obstacles: Time:
Easy 2 FR 348 2.50 6,800 to 7,720 ft. NA 1 hour
County: Larimer
Adopted by:      
Managed by: Arapaho/Roosevelt National Forest,
Canyon Lakes Ranger District
2150 Centre Ave. Bldg. E
Fort Collins, CO 80526
(970)295-6700
Summary: Spruce Mountain is a short loop road that gives you views of Jug Gulch and Dry Creek.
Attractions:  
Seasonal
Closure:
Agency - December 1 to June 14.
North access is only during hunting season.
Best Time: June - Possible snow drifts
July - Best
August - Best
September - Best, Fall Colors
October - Best. Possible early snows.
Camping: There are no dispersed sites along the road.
Base Camp: This would not be a good place to base camp. There is a lot of private property in the area and only a few forest service roads.
Fall Colors: Poor - The area burned in a forest fire in 2000.
Navigation: From Loveland head west on US-34 W/E Eisenhower Blvd toward N Cleveland Ave for 13.8 miles. Merge onto US-34 W and go 2.6 miles. Turn right onto County Road 43 and go 0.3 miles. Turn right onto Storm Mountain Road and go 2.1 miles. Turn left onto Storm Mountain Drive and go 0.2 miles. Turn left to stay on Storm Mountain Drive and go 4.0 miles. Slight right onto Forest Rd 128 and go 0.4 miles. At the intersection go right onto the Storm Mountain road and go about 4 miles to the Spruce Mountain road, a right turn off of the Storm Mountain road.
Note: There is no access to the Buckhorn Road (CR 27), except during hunting season.

From Estes Park head northeast on US-34 E/Big Thompson Ave and go 12.8 miles. Turn left onto County Road 43 and go 0.3 miles. Turn right onto Storm Mountain Road and go 2.1 miles. Turn left onto Storm Mountain Drive and go 0.2 miles. Turn left to stay on Storm Mountain Drive and go 4.0 miles. Slight right onto Forest Rd 128 and go 0.4 miles. At the intersection go right onto the Storm Mountain road and go about 4 miles to the Spruce Mountain road, a right turn off of the Storm Mountain road.
Note: There is no access to the Buckhorn Road (CR 27), except during hunting season.

Note: This access is only open during hunting season.
From Loveland head west on US-34 W/E Eisenhower Blvd toward N Cleveland Ave for 6.4 miles. Turn right onto N County Road 27 and go 5.2 miles. Turn left onto Buckhorn Rd/N County Road 27 and go 3.1 miles. Turn left onto Storm Muntain Road and go 2.5 miles. Spruce Mountain road will be a left turn.

Note: This access is only open during hunting season.
From Fort Collins, CO. head west on W Prospect Road toward Mason Corridor Transitway for 2.0 miles. Turn left onto S Taft Hill Road and go 2.5 miles. Turn right onto W County Rd 38 E and go 9.7 miles. Continue onto Buckhorn Rd/N County Road 27 for 3.1 miles. Turn left onto Storm Mountain Road and go 2.5 miles. Spruce Mountain road will be a left turn.
History: This area was burnt by the Bobcat Gulch Wildfire in 2000. It burnt over 10,000 acres and destroyed 22 structures. The fires started on June 12, 2000 from embers blown out of a campfire that ignited the dry grasses in the area.
Description:
Spruce Mountain is a side loop road off of the Strom Mountain, FR153, road. It runs along the north side of Spruce Mountain (7,781 ft.) with views into Dry Creek and Jug Gulch. Most of the area the road travels through was burnt in the Bobcat Gulch wildfire in 2000.
East end of Spruce Mtn road

photo by:
Adam M

Some areas have revegetated, while other areas are still open meadows with the old tree trunks killed by the fire laying on the ground. At the west end of the Spruce Mountain 4WD road is the trail head for the JUg Gulch trail which heads down to Cedar Cove on Hwy 34.

Looking back at the start of Spruce Mtn road

photo by:
Adam M

Spruce Mtn road

photo by:
Adam M

Along the top of Spruce Mtn road

photo by:
Adam M

West end of Spruce Mtn road

photo by:
Adam M

Data updated - January 1, 2019     4WD Road driven - September 22, 2018     Copyright 4X4Explore - 2000-2019