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Cottonwood Marsh photo by Peter Burke

Slavonia Trailhead - Routt County
Aliases: Seedhouse Road
Ownership: None Listed
Description: This is a major access point to the Zirkel Wilderness, but access is not available in spring until the snow melts off the road for the last eight miles. The final four miles of Seedhouse Road are very scenic and provide good woodland birding. The road goes through varied mixed wooded habitats, making a transition from pure aspen to evergreen. Open mountain meadows with braided streams make for excellent evening game animal viewing. At the end parking area, the habitat is lower mountain woodlands of aspen glades, beaver ponds, and interspersed lodgepole, ponderosa, and Douglas-fir. Expect Lincoln's & White-crowned Sparrows, Western Tanager, Western Wood-Pewee and Olive-sided Flycatcher. Along the river there are sporadic willow carrs with Willow Flycatcher breeding. Dippers are common along this stretch of river. Much of the area is part of a large blowdown and there are many standing dead trees that can be great for woodpeckers. Hairy Woodpecker is common, and Three-toed is a possibility, especially upslope along the trail.

Habitat: Mixed Conifer Forest, Aspen Grove, Mountain Meadow, Pond/Lake/Reservoir, Stream, Streamside Willow
Directions: From west of Steamboat Springs on US 40, take CO 129 north past Clark. Half a mile north of Clark, turn right on FR 400 (Seedhouse Rd); continue to the end of the road. The parking lot at the end may be full on weekends. There is a large general store in Clark, as well as a nice lodge/restaurant just north of town with particularly good elk burgers.
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