Bachelor Historic Loop

EASY 9 reviews
#10 of 29 trails in

Bachelor Historic Loop is a 15.9 mile loop trail located near Creede, Colorado. The trail is good for all skill levels and primarily used for scenic driving. Dogs are also able to use this trail.

15.9 miles
3054 feet

dog friendly

scenic driving

4 months ago

Great place to visit. Lots of things to see that range from beautiful scenic views to old buildings that are slowly becoming lost to time. Lots of wildlife in the area. Elk and mule deer are very common in the higher parts of the trail. Only draw back is that their are a lot of vacation homes a little ways down the road. If you are planning on driving threw the area with the old mining facilities, I would strongly recommend 4wd. It's a gravel road with a extremely steep incline.

off road driving
11 months ago

super cool drive to a couple of mines and thru the canyons. road is in pretty good condition, a 2wd with good tires can make it.

11 months ago

Yesterday we visited Creed. What an awesome old mining town! We drove a ways then decided it was time to get off the beaten path and strap on our backpacks in order to see the ruins up close and personal. The river was flowing nicely so we picked up some hiking sticks and trekked across it in ice cold water almost to our knees, it was well worth it! Such interesting history and beautiful breath taking views! We had stopped by the mining museum before our drive/hike and picked up a map. I suggest making a day out of visiting this intriguing city!

off road driving
Monday, May 29, 2017

Great road with a lot of history. Recommend a 4 wheel drive. Pick up a book at the Chamber of Commerce for 3.00 to follow along on your drive

Saturday, May 21, 2016

Very easy hike. Great for the whole family.

off road driving
Thursday, July 26, 2012

We did this loop on 07/21/2012 and it was tons of fun. We rented a Polaris Razor and had no problems navigating the roads. However, there are parts of the 4x4 Bachelor Loop that are VERY rocky and steep and are difficult to navigate. Once you're in Creede, stop by the Forest Service to pick up their information sheets on the Bachelor Loop. There is also a map on the back of the sheets which is what we used to navigate our trip. Once you see the map, this review will make a lot more sense.

IN A CAR or NON 4x4 VEHICLE - Takes about 1-3 hours / total miles 17 miles
If you're in a car or non-4x4 vehicle the Bachelor Loop Historic Tour is really fun. All of the mines are well marked and the Forest Service Information Center on Main Street has a lot of information and maps. Don't leave without this information or the map, as it will really come in handy on your trip and will be 'tour guide' of the mines and local information. The Loop by car or in a non-4x4 vehicle is marked in a thick, solid black line on the map. The numbers in the circles correspond to the Mine marker. Each Mine is marked and there is information on each mine in the information sheets from the Forest Service. And, the info sheets describe the terrain and conditions of the road.

IN A 4x4 VEHICLE - 4.5 hours (we stopped for photos, bathroom, etc)
If you're a 4x4 enthusiast, the 4x4 routes are a lot of fun with amazing views. Just like in a non-4x4 vehicle, stop by the Forest Service Information Center on Main Street to pick up their Bachelor Loop information sheets and for the map on the back. You WILL need the map, AND the information sheets describe the terrain of the roads.

THE ROUTE WE TOOK - We started from the Mine Museum and headed toward Mine #1, north on 502. This is not a 4x4 road, but it is narrow and rocky in parts. A few miles up on 502 you will see a rocky road, off to the right, that has a fairly steep incline. This road is called Phoenix Park Road (502-1A) and you must have a rugged 4x4 to navigate it. The Forest Service rates this as "More Difficult", so use your best judgement before heading up this road. If you're up for the challenge, it is about 2.2 miles long and dead-ends at an old abandoned miner's cabin. You can't take your vehicle any further, but you can hike up (.3 miles) to a waterfall. The views are beautiful.

After seeing the waterfall, we headed back down Phoenix Park Road, got back onto 502 and continued north to the 4x4 road. This will take you to 503 between Mines 6 & 7. We continued north on 503 toward Mine #8. Once we reached Mine #8, we took a sharp left/south toward Mine #9 on 504. There is also a snowcat/snowplow vehicle parked at this intersection, so you have a landmark. (The reason we took this route instead of continuing north on 503 toward Mine #10 is because just above Mine #10 on the 4x4 road, is an extremely steep portion of road. Unless you're an experience ATV/4x4 rider, I would not recommend going 'up' this incline. It was a lot easier going down). We continued south on 504 until we reached the sign for "Mine #13 / 4x4 Road / 505." We took this road which will take you up to the Continental Divide. The views are spectacular! I believe you will reach close to 12,000 feet so bring rain gear and a jacket, as it gets a lot cooler up there. As you're looking at the map, 505 loops toward the east and then back south. Be aware that if you take this route 'clockwise' (like we did), just past the peak at the Continental Divide, but before Mine #10, the descend gets very difficult. It's very rocky and the last descent is the toughest. Take it slow and let your 4x4 do what it was built to do. Once you're down the steep incline, you will see the Equity Mine (#10) on your left and you will reconnect to the main part of the tour on the road.

It was so much fun and we will definitely do it again!

9 days ago

2 months ago

Thursday, August 18, 2016