Need to Know
Bikes are not allowed in the Wilderness. This allows bikers riding the Colorado Trail to ride around the wilderness on mostly dirt and gravel Forest Service roads, with about 24 miles on the paved, low traffic Tarryall Road. This is instead of riding 12 miles down the very busy and heavily-trucked US-285, which is winding and has poor-to-no shoulder much of the way, to Shawnee where you can get off on side roads again.
As you are riding east on the Colorado Trail, you'll come to the edge of the Lost Creek Wilderness. Just past the parking area, turn right onto Rock Creek Road, #133 (a primitive dirt road), then right on #56 (a wider gravel road). Turn left onto Rock Creek Hills Road #39. This will take you to paved Tarryall Road #77. Turn left and follow Tarryall Road for about 24 miles. Stop at Tarryall Reservoir picnic area for a break and a view.
After continuing on Tarryall Road for a while longer, at Matukat Road, #211, turn left. Follow this gravel road as it skirts the peaks of the wilderness, offering many distant views. It changes to Goose Creek Road but remains #211. Turn left at Stoney Pass Road #560 just before the road down to Cheesman Reservoir.
At Wellington Reservoir, it becomes Wellington Lake Road #105. Continue on. Just past Windy Peak Outdoor Lab, you'll find the Colorado Trail Segment 4 parking area. From this parking area and along the official Colorado Trail to Kenosha Pass, ebikes are not permitted. (Ebikes however are permitted on this detour for the first 72 miles, as this portion of the detour is 100% on motorized legal dirt roads.) Turn right to continue on the Colorado Trail away from the wilderness to Kenosha Pass.
Shared By: jeff parker
by Chris Conley