Dispersed Campsite – Clear Creek

I sound like a broken record. Get to this dispersed area EARLY! This one is on The Dyrt for god’s sake. That website and app are okay, but there is nothing more exciting than taking a chance on a dispersed looking area, yelling at each other for an hour, then capitalizing on an amazing campsite. But before you go, as always, check the Fire Bans.

Old Mine in the canyon which is impossible to get to without rappelling.

There must be a hundred “Clear Creeks” in Colorado. This one is up near Leadville and is as you might have guessed, it’s crystal clear. How did we run out of names for creeks in Colorado? Pretty sure there isn’t a Woman Hollering Creek like there is in Texas. We gotta get more inventive up here.

Back when the Davis Tent was cleaner.

The road is easy to find and there’s a butt load of beautiful campsites with towering pines, waterfalls, great fishing, and views. Last time camping here we even spied a family of mountain goats clambering around on the steep cliffs above.

Smoke mixed with fog.

Hiking is abundant in the area and you can reach several almost 14ers and high alpine lakes from here. Such as Pear Lake, Huron Peak, and Missouri Mountain. Even cooler is Winfield. A ghost town complete with an ancient mining camp and graveyard.

Dead miners.

Fishing can be pretty sweet here too. The creek itself is full of chubby little browns and brookies eager to take a dry fly. The reservoir itself supposedly holds Tiger Muskie, but I’m calling bullshit on that. I think CPW puts muskie on the sign to get people excited. But if you are gullible like me, you won’t be able to resist rigging up your 9 wt. with steel leader and tying on an enormous streamer to make a few casts, just to see. Otherwise the reservoir is great for SUPs and canoeing. Just don’t get your toes bitten off by a five foot muskie.

3 weight rod heaven.

Directions: From Leadville, drive south on Hwy with 24 to the Clear Creek Reservoir turn-off which is Road 390. After you pass Clear Creek Reservoir start looking for spots. Great area and possibly haunted.

Published by willbarch78

I grew up in the middle of nowhere Texas. The nearest Walmart was a full two hours away. My family still runs a ranch back home that I grew up on, but at some point in my treasured youth I hung up the idea of becoming a cowboy, and pursued my passion for architecture. Today I still find myself trying to fit in to a life that has treated me with the average ups and downs one can expect after a certain number of years. My wife and I moved to Denver after attending Texas Tech School of Architecture in Lubbock as we needed a grade change from the Llano Estacado. We camp with our three growing girls all summer and into the fall while I write and create and fly fish to maintain sanity. Life is moving fast as our careers and children progress in all areas, so being outdoors with each other keeps us mostly grounded.

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