Overview Piney Guard Station is a rustic cabin that was constructed in the 1930’s as a work station for Forest Service crews. This 14x22-ft. structure only has a single room and is built...[more]
Piney Guard Station
Travel west from Vail on I-70 to Exit 157 for Wolcott. Turn right/north to Hwy 6. Turn left/west on Hwy 6 to Hwy 131. Turn right/north and travel approximately 5 miles to the Muddy Pass Road - FSR 700 on the right just after the Eagle County Landfill. Turn right onto Forest Road #700 (Muddy Pass Road). From this location, you must follow seasonal access directions to the cabin, as detailed below:
During the summer season, it is recommended to use a high-clearance 4-wheel drive vehicle. If you choose to use a 2 -wheel drive vehicle or all-wheel-drive SUV, you can drive about 7 miles up Muddy Pass Road #700, but will need to park at the intersection with Forest Road #700 and #744, which is 3 miles away from the cabin. From this location, one must hike or mountain bike up Forest Road #744 to the cabin with gear and supplies.
Off Highway Vehicles (OHV/ATV) are permitted to access the cabin via Forest Roads #700 and #744.
Accessing the cabin during the winter season depends on snowpack. During high snowpack, park at the intersection with Forest Road #700 and Highway 131. From here, travel via snowmobile, skis, or snowshoes on Forest Road #700 for approximately 7 miles. Then, turn left onto Forest Road #744 and travel 3 miles to the cabin.
If the snow is minimal, you may be able to use a high clearance 4-wheel drive to the gravel pit area, which is about 7 miles up Muddy Pass Road #700 from Hwy 131. From the gravel pit area, snowmobile, ski, or snowshoe on Forest Road #744 for approximately 3 miles to the cabin.
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