Extreme 4WD High Clearance to Francie's Cabin via FS Rd 803 (Crystal Creek Road)

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LIMITED MOTORIZED ACCESS: During the Summer season (July - September), motorized vehicle have limited access on Spruce Creek and Crystal Creek Roads. Please access Francie's Cabin under your own power, carrying your own gear. If you require motorized assistance in accessing the hut, please contact SHA at 970-453-8583 for detailed information.

Drive about 2.5 miles south of Breckenridge on Highway 9 and turn right onto Spruce Creek Road. It’s a sharp right that immediately banks upward. Opposite the turn is a lake. You’ve gone too far if you pass the lake and see residential lots on Highway 9.

Follow Spruce Creek Road through the Crown subdivision, bearing left at major intersections (Golden Nugget and Crown Drive). You should still be on Spruce Creek Road. Continue on Spruce Creek Road until you reach the Spruce Creek Trailhead parking lot.

Follow FS Road 800 (Spruce Creek Road) as it exits the west side of the Spruce Creek Trailhead parking lot and bear right at the fork onto FS Road 803 (Crystal Creek Road). Continue on Crystal Creek Road for 1.1 miles, where you’ll see a gate on your left. Shortly after, turn right onto the driveway to Francie’s Cabin, and follow it for about 600 feet to the cabin.