Snowy and icy conditions may persist throughout the winter months.
Need to Know
Restrooms at the ballfield. Good food at any of Creede's restaurants.
From the Bachelor Loop you can access Miner's Creek
, Shallow Creek, Middle Rat Creek, Windy Gulch, Rat Creek 4WD loop, and East Willow Loop.
It's often nice to pack an extra layer for the downhill.
Begin at the ballfield on the south end of town and ride up Bachelor Road #504. Riding the loop in a clockwise direction will get most of the climbing out of the way in the first four miles. You'll have a paved surface for the first 0.6 miles. Continue up past the pavement on the dirt.
0.6 mi - Pavement turns to the right to Amethyst Heights/stay straight on the dirt.
1.3 mi - Junction Bachelor Road and Homestake Mine road - take left fork.
1.4 mi - Junction Sunnyside Road - good way to connect to Miner's Creek
or Shallow Creek from town. Continue uphill.
2.56 mi. - Junction Middle Rat Creek Road - continue straight ahead
2.93 mi. - Bachelor Historic Tour stop #14 - Creede town overlook.
3.38 mi. - Bachelor Historic Tour stop #13; Rat Creek/West Willow Creek 4WD Loop Road #505 - leads to fantastic riding up near the Continental Divide - quite challenging; continue to the right.
4.1 mi. - Bachelor Townsite Interpretive Overlook.
4.2 mi. - Top of Bachelor - nice job!
6.3 mi. - Allen's Crossing - you have just crossed West Willow Creek. Bear right. (Going left will go up to the Equity Mine and Continental Divide - connecting with the Rat Creek 4WD road).
7 mi. - Nelson Mountain Road on the left - continue straight downhill. (Going left will take you through private property up to Nelson Mtn. - rough road, but fantastic alpine views.)
8.2 mi. - Midwest Mine hairpin - continue downhill.
10.3 mi. - Junction East Willow Road - continue down the canyon - can be narrow, steep, and fast. Use extra caution going down. Watch out for automobile and ATV traffic coming up.
12.2 mi. - Back at ball field.
Shared By: Paul Whitmore