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Hiking & Walking: Colorado > Grand Mesa, Uncompahgre and Gunnison National Forests > Ouray Ranger District

Quick Facts

Spring Creek Trail

Beginning Elevation: 8,250 Feet (2571.7 Meters)
Difficulty: Easy
Elevation Gain: 1,369 Feet (426.7 Meters)
Ending Elevation: 9,619 Feet (2998.4 Meters)
Length: 12 Miles (20.0 Kilometers) to the South Divide Road
Recommended Season: Spring to Fall
Trail Number: 116
Usage: Light
USGS Maps: Pryor Creek, Government Springs




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General Description

The primary use of the Spring Creek Trail is hunter access into Spring Creek Canyon and for administration of cattle allotments on National Forest lands. Spring Creek is considered good for hunting spring bear, turkey, fall elk and deer. Numerous black bear claw marks may be seen on aspen in upper areas of the east and middle fork.

Heavy oak brush and numerous cattle tracks make the trail less distinct at lower elevations. Look for marker posts in these areas to help with your direction.

Spring Creek is an easy horse trail except for a short , very steep portion where the trail drops off the rim into the east fork of Spring Creek. There is good grazing and water for horses in most areas. Travel time by horseback is six to eight hours.

The best camp locations are on the western side of the east fork and the head of the middle fork.

Directions from Montrose: Take the Dave Wood Road to Forest Boundary. Turn to the right on an unimproved dirt road that is immediately inside the boundary fence. Follow the road one mile and turn right onto a double track road and follow it to Canyon Rim. The trail continues where the road narrows.

Directions from Montrose via South Divide Road: Take the Dave Wood Road and turn right onto South Divide road at Johnson Park. Drive seven and a half miles to an unmarked road on the right. If you pass a private entrance road with a large pole gate, return back down Divide Road .1 mile. Follow the road for one mile to a sign that shows Spring Creek Trail junction to the right.

Directions from Montrose: Access #1:Take Dave Wood Road to Forest Boundary. Turn to the right on an unimproved dirt road that is immediately inside the boundary fence. Follow the road one mile and turn right on two track road and follow to Canyon Rim. The trail continues where the road narrtows.Access #2:Take Dave Wood Road and turn right on South Divide road at Johnson Park. Drive seven and a half miles to an unmarked road to right. If you pass a private entrance road with a large pole gate, return back down Divide Road .1 mile. Follow the road for one mile to a sign that locates Spring Creek Trail junction to the right.



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Filed By: PATRICK RAMOS II (DENVER, CO)
Time of Day: 9:00AM
Length of Time: ALLDAY
Difficulty: Easy
Number of People Encountered: 11-25 ppl
Recommend to a Friend: Highly
Report: hit mineral point west of OURAY. great rock faces to climb cabins to check out.the hot springs in town are a great relief to soak in after a hard day of fun.turn left about 1.5 miles out of town,there is a water fall to the right of the turn.coming out of the mountain side under the road.the trail is called enginer pass.lots of mud to play in of us old kids.



Recreation Opportunities
Activity Remarks On Site
ICON Hiking & Walking Spring Creek Trail
Yes
ICON Horseback Riding
ICON Motorcycle Riding



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Visitor Information:

Montrose County Chamber of Commerce, 550 N Townsend , Montrose, CO, 81401, Phone: 800-873-0244

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