The 30 mile Birch Creek Trail starts and ends from the Birch Creek Ranger Station. It's long mountain bike ride which offers views, wildlife and fairly easy riding throughout. Cycle up Birch Creek Road and turn left up Mule Creek Road just past the turnoff to the Dinner Station Campground. Follow Mule Creek Road to the trailhead to Minneopa Lake. From Minneopa go past Boatmans Lake to Estler Lake, cross Estlers Dam and take a steep jeep road down Rattlesnake Creek immediately on the left. Passing an old coke kiln you reach Kelly Reservoir, continue down past Red Butte on the right. turn to the left up French Creek/Thief Creek Road. As you climb this road it passes through various active gold mines and there is evidence of placer gold panning in French Creek on the right. Descend from the divide steeply dawn Thief Creek Road returning back once more to Birch Ranger Station.
To get to the trailhead for the Birch Creek Trail, follow US15 to Apex exit north of Dillon. Follow Birch Creek road to CCC Camp/Thief Creek turnoff. Follow Thief Creek 400 M from Birch Creek to the cabin.