Nearest Town?: Winston or Townsend Open Dates?: Year round
Class: 2 (SUV friendly) Length?: 26 Mile (pavement to pavement)
High-Clearance Required?: yes Wide/Long Vehicles?: No issues
Type?: Loop Trail
Weasel Creek to Indian Creek (or the other way around) is a Class 2 ride in the Elkhorn Mountains between Winston and Townsend. While I show a simple loop, there are many legal trails & spurs in the area for exploring. With the right turns, you can come out on Crow Creek, or on quite a few other roads, on the east side of the Elkhorns, just as easily.
I consider this a bit more of a nice ride in the mountains than anything else.
My route is in red but there are many other roads to explore.
Of course, you can start at either end but I tend to start in Winston by turning southeast onto Main Street, which becomes Weasel Creek Road (FSR405). 1 mile from the highway, Weasel Creek takes a sharp right turn. There is a street sign there to help.
This route takes you up to 7790 feet and affords some great views (when the air is clear) of Canyon Ferry Lake and other areas on the other side. There are also a number of old mines and mine buildings to explore. I have often seen deer, elk and even a black bear on this route.
At approximtely 11 miles from the highway/Winston, Weasel Creek Road (FSR405) intersects with Indian Creek Road (FSR360). Weasel Creek Road goes right and Indian Creek Road goes left. My route here goes left, but going right can eventually come out in the same location on Indian Creek Road, by Townsend.
The rest is even easier. Just follow Indian Creek Road for another 12 miles to the highway, just outside of Townsend.
Alternate route: If at the intersection where Weasel Creek Road (FSR405) intersects with Indian Creek Road (FSR360), you take a right, instead of the left discribed above, you then contenue on FSR405 to Eagle Guard Cabin, where the road changes to FSR4031. FSR4031 eventually interstects with Indian Creek and you again, end up just outside Townsend.
It is an interesting area to explore.
Googe Pin to Winston: https://goo.gl/maps/Lx5RfGC4CVaWBCvK8
Google Pin to Indian Creek and Hwy 12: https://goo.gl/maps/ktcdrKcb63xxapX66
Intersection of FSR405 and FSR360: https://goo.gl/maps/UJUoju2YsN4WqxFa7