Points of Interest Along Big Blue Creek
From Lake City, head north on Highway 149 for 11 miles. Look for the Alpine Plateau sign; turn left onto the gravel road. This is the road to Big Blue Creek, and it continues for just over 11 miles until it dead-ends at the Big Blue Trailhead parking area.
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Big Blue Creek
The road to Big Blue Creek rises steadily above the Lake Fork Valley in twists and turns. Each switchback brings you higher, until you are overlooking the meadows of the historic Elk Creek Ranch. The road tops out at Soldier Summit, where you continue straight ahead for a few more miles. The road dead-ends at the trailhead for the Big Blue Trail.
Driving to Big Blue Creek
The road to Big Blue is maintained gravel, and is one lane in many places. It is suitable for regular passenger vehicles. Watch for livestock or other animals in the road. Large trailers are not recommended due to the narrowness and sharp turns in the road.
There is a vault toilet near the Alpine Guard station.
Important Road Conditions Information
Weather and road conditions can change quickly in the mountains. Always check on conditions and forecasts before heading out on your journey.
Portions of the Alpine Loop are closed during winter. There is no winter road maintenance in some areas.
Always check on local conditions before heading out. Do not attempt to drive on un-plowed and/or un-maintained roads.
Big Blue Creek