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Jenny Creek Trail
 
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Nice Jenny Creek Trail map and directions 

by www.4x4trails.net

    On Saturday, June 16th  2001, the HoboJeepers led some fellow Jeepers up into the mountains to run the Jenny Creek Trail off the Moffat Road.  Not hearing of any reports of if it was open or not, we decided to check it out for ourselves.  Other then networking with the Forest Ranger, or some 4x4 forums, hitting snow banks on the trail is a regular thing anytime in June.  Especially the higher you go; the more likely you will hit a drift that is impassable.  What the heck, you're out of town and your jeepin'!

    On a nice clear Saturday morning, we met at the designated spot of Hwy 93 and Hwy 72 at 8:00am, and we left a little after 8:15am heading up Hwy 72 towards Rollinsville.  Along for the day was myself (Bill Hallinan) as lead (CJ), with my friend Kristin and my jeepin sidekick Molly, along with Bobbette Mathews (TJ) daughter Catherine, and son Michael, and Drew "Drewby" Middleton (TJ), and Mark & Kristen Gilbertson (CJ).  Great guests included: Robert Schlegel (YJ), Neil & Jill McCorrison of Patrol 14 (TJ), Max Barker and pup of Patrol 14 (CJ), Luis Garza & friend Fernado (TJ), Ken & Arlene McGuigan of Patrol 7 (YJ), and Jed McClelland & family-who let him out as a Father's Day gift (CJ).

Airin' down and doin' da disco...

 

    We headed up Hwy 72, and aired down and disconnected just west of Rollinsville.  The dusty and wash-boarded road came to life in a few miles as we made our way to the Moffat Road.  Once on the historic Moffat Road (an old railroad grade), it was every 'person' for themselves, as you dodged potholes and small rocks that would jar any bolt that was or soon to be loose.  If you had a squeak before you certainly had one before you reached the Jenny Creek trail head.

 

    Once at the trailhead, I got out and locked in (seems most TJ owners stayed in their Jeeps).  The start of the trail is a tight fir-lined section that didn't afford many rocks, but kept your attention for avoiding the 'rocky mountain pin striping'.  Eventually you reach Jenny Creek and two fun obstacles, one crossing the creek, and the other s sharp left out. Everyone took turns going through the creek.

 

Hoboette Bobbette "Smiley" maneuvers her yellow 2000TJ of the old bridge...

 

Max Barker's CJ takes on the rock like a speed bump...

 

Neil's 'White Jeep' works around the rock and 

into the tight left rocky obstacle just ahead...

 

   Most ran clean through the creek and over the big rock climbing out with a sharp left through some other boulders.  I spotted Mark (CJ) over the large rock in the creek for a Kodak moment, and then he ended up high centered on his skid plate with water all around him. With no place to go, Robert (YJ) came back and we hooked up a strap to pull Mark off the rock. 

 

Mark and Kristen (newbies from Wisconsin)

get 'suckered' onto the rock...

     Ohhh Nooo, only to get high-centered...hehehe

 

Drew "Drewby" Middleton takes his TJ out for a nice drive, and gets alittle high altitude sun...

 

Clear and cold Jenny Creek runs the length of the trail...

 

Once off, we were ready to head up Jenny Creek, literally.  Now don't cringe, but this trail has been for years 'part' of Jenny Creek.  A long time ago, the creek jumped it's banks and took the least path of resistance, which was the existing trail.  This makes Jenny Creek unusual and different from all other Colorado trails (except for a portion of Taylor Pass), a chance to run up (and down in our case) a creek.

 

How-bout 'Up a creek with a Jeep'....

 

Large and small hidden rocks make for a wet and interesting ride and drive

 

Here, the trail comes out of the creek...

 

    The trail follows along side Jenny Creek, and eventually up and in the creek.  With the high runoff from snow banks we were to eventually encounter, the water in Jenny Creek was running high and clear!  Seemed a little strange driving up the creek bed, but like I said, this is the trail.  For a good hundred yards or so in two different locations we were running up the creek.

 

The we drop back into the creek for some more 'fording'...

 

    The higher we got on the trail, the more frequent the snow banks were to play on the trail.  Some drifts got to be pretty high until the last person in line got what was left of it.  Just a clue of things to come as we soon found out higher on Jenny Creek. 

 

Max catches some nice articulation with this 3' drift...

 

'Drewby' takes the 'over' verses

 under approach...

Mark gets hung up on this snow bank, 

but works his way off...

 

This requires staying far right off the snow drift, then a quick left 

and right to miss the big rock in the shadows that mysteriously jumped onto the trail...

 

Hummmmm...the trail is somewhere in there.  We were able to go around this one.

    Then we started up the north side and climbed various small rocky hills thru some moderate rocky sections.  Without to many choices to pull off, I found a nice spot by an old cabin enough for 10 Jeeps to park off (while not impacting anything) the trail for a nice lunch by Jenny Creek.

Luis Garza's TJ flexes over this drift in style...

 

Neil takes a chunk out of the drift...

 

A nice sunny break...

    From the cabin, the trail follows through the trees and various rocky sections.  Once we reached near the end of the trail, we started to see more and more small snow banks on the trail and in the trees.  Then we came across a pretty big one covering the trail right at a turnoff to a campsite.  This snow bank had a go around, but just 100 yards later was the mother of all snow banks! This puppy was huge as it engulfed the trail and the ridge.  More snow banks lie further up the trail as we were less the a few hundred yards from partially frozen Yankee Boy Lake.  Mother Nature still has her winter grip up here, and another few weeks all the snow may melt.  Even the Moffat Road was closed (our way out) with some huge drifts.

Jeb McClelland runs thru this small mud puddle just below the 'Mother Snowbank'...

 

UMMMM...this puppy will take awhile to melt....Geezzz it's mid-June!!

 

It still looks like winter above 11,000 feet...

    So, 'what goes up, must come down'. We turned around, and headed back down the Jenny Creek Trail.  The same fun rocky sections were encountered, as we drove on past the cabin and back into Jenny Creek going downstream this time. 

Fun, Fun, Fun.....as I'm just toolin' along

 

    Luis was in the lead and discovered the big rock at the first stream obstacle a little to friendly with his TJ.  He had taken a little to far left of a line and took out his driver step (why do they put those on anyway?).  He also left a small portion of his red paint as the 'rock' took a nice tap on the 'naked' rocker panel.  Plans are for some Durango Rocker Panels I hear.  We all took turns coming off the rock down into the stream crossing avoiding the 'Garza Rock'.

 

Yikes!!  There was a driver step and no dent on the Garza TJ before today...thus the name 'Garza Rock'...

 

Drew workin' the TJ around the rock this time...

 

Bobbette stays farther right to avoid 

the rock Luis took his step out and kissed his rockers...

Lookin' good with a 'smile'...

 

 

Ken McGuigan works his way thru the crossing with ease too...

 

Jeb's CJ makes the crossing look easy...

 

I (Hobo Willy) like to take

the straighter approach sometimes...

and make a graceful exit...

 

Robert handles the whole day nice and clean...for his 1st time out this year!

 

This poor guy was stuck between 'a rock and a hard place'...and got wet in the process!

    On to the trailhead through the thick trees and back on the Moffat "your on your own dodging potholes" Road.  We reached the turnoff up to Apex at about 3:30pm, and decided not to try Miner's Gulch (as I had not planned the big snowdrift at the top of Jenny Creek).  

Off the Moffat Road, a lone car rests with a 'Dip' sign marking it's resting place...

 

I had a FUN time leading some great Jeepers...

 

Here is the drive back down the Aspen-lined Moffat Road in the Fall...

    Thanks to Max "Air" Baker for the free air off his York compressor at a rest stop.  A great day of Jeeping in Mid-June though winter seems to have socked in higher elevations of the high country. I enjoyed the day, as the rookies and the experienced all did very well.

We all stopped at the 'Max Air Station' by South Boulder Creek...

 

Thanks Max for the 'free' air off the York compressor!  Heck, even he did the airing...

Thanks to all that attended, I hope everyone had a fun time. 

Jenny Creek, a fun classic "Jeep Trail"

 

 Bill "Willy" Hallinan  HoboJeepers

Thanks to Neil McMorrison and Kristin Jacobson (6-16-2001) for the digital photos...

 

Here are some other Jenny Creek Trip reports:

** 2000 ALL-4-FUN Jenny Creek Trail** 

**Jenny Creek Jeep Trail** 

**Jenny Creek Trail Directions**

** Jenny Creek Trail by Larry Heck**

**Jenny Creek Trail-Aspencades 99'-HoboJeepers**

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