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

Quick Facts

Texas Creek Trail

Beginning Elevation: 9,954 Feet (3102.9 Meters)
Difficulty: Moderate
Elevation Gain: 2,300 Feet (717.0 Meters)
Ending Elevation: 12,300 Feet (3834.2 Meters)
Length: 8 Miles (13.33 Kilometers) to Lake Claire
Other Maps: Trails Illustrated 129 Buena Vista, Collegiate Peaks
Recommended Season: Summer to Fall
Trail Number: 416
Usage: Heavy
USGS Maps: Mt. Harvard

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General Description

The Texas Creek Trail begins from the Taylor Park Area on Texas Creek Road, Forest Service Road 755. It leads eastward into the Collegiate Peaks Wilderness. The trail begins at an elevation of 9,945 feet and follows Texas Creek ascending slowly.

Leaving the trailhead Texas Creek Trail leads to the right and Timberline Trail leads to the left. Texas Creek Trail makes three stream crossings within a half mile of the trailhead. Early in the summer season the water will be high along this trail and its many stream crossings. Approximately one mile from the third stream crossing, Texas Creek Trail intersects with Timberline Trail, 414, and Waterloo Gulch Trail, 540. At this intersection turn right and follow Texas Creek eastward.

One mile from the Waterloo Gulch Trail, Texas Creek Trail crosses North Texas Creek. In another mile South Texas Creek Trail ends at Texas Creek Trail, joining it from the south. Two miles from this intersection Browns Pass Trail, 1442, branches to the south and out of the Texas Creek Valley.

The trail continues climbing to the headwaters of Texas Creek. At the Browns Pass intersection the trail elevation is 10,775 feet. One mile from Browns Pass Trail a fork occurs with Magdalene Trail leading up and northward toward an abandoned mine. The trail is difficult to follow after the Magdalene Trail, but persistence pays off with magnificent views.

Two small lakes lie at the head of the Texas Creek Valley. No distinct trails lead directly to them. My best advice is to remain on the northern side of the drainage and you will be able to follow the trail intermittently. Lake Claire and Lake Rebecca lie at 12,340 feet and 12,240 feet respectively. They are surrounded by a wonderfully scenic and dramatically sharp ridge. It is a wonderful reward to reach this peaceful location after trudging through the entire valley.

The last two or three miles of this trail is not adequately signed or maintained. Some difficulty may be encountered riding here.

This trail is used mostly by fishermen. This trail is entirely in the new Collegiate Peaks Wilderness from dead end of Texas Creek Road.

Directions from Cottonwood Pass: Travel seven and a half miles east from the top of Cottonwood Pass to the Denny Creek Trailhead. Follow the Browns Pass Trail, 1442, five and a half miles to its intersection withTexas Creek Trail.

Directions from Taylor River Road: Follow Taylor River Road passed Cottonwood Pass approximately one and a quarter miles to Texas Creek Road, Forest Road 755. Turn right and drive seven miles east on Texas Creek Road (4WD only). The trailhead lies at the wilderness boundary, where the road ends.

Current Conditions & Trip Reports

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Filed By: S B (Louisville, CO)
Time of Day: Morning
Difficulty: Moderate
Number of People Encountered: 25-50 ppl
Recommend to a Friend: Neutral
Report: The difficulty lies with getting to the trailhead. If you don't have a very sturdy 4x4 or ATV, the hike to it is prohibitively long (6 miles or so). ATV riders are EVERYWHERE.
Conditions: Thunderstorms breaking out fairly early forced us to head back to the truck.
Water Availability: (Prior to the trailhead) Getting to Texas Creek itself is impossible, due to open range cattle grazing.

Recreation Opportunities
Activity Remarks On Site
ICON Backpacking Texas Creek Trail
ICON Cold Water Fishing Texas Creek, Texas Creek Lakes
ICON Four-Wheel Driving Texas Creek Road
ICON Hiking & Walking Texas Creek Trail
ICON Horseback Riding Texas Creek Trail
ICON Animal Identification Texas Creek Trail
ICON Bird Identification Texas Creek Trail
ICON Mushroom Identification Texas Creek Trail
ICON Plant Identification Texas Creek Trail
ICON Wildflower Identification Texas Creek Trail
ICON Viewing Scenery Texas Creek Trail
ICON Viewing Wildlife Texas Creek Trail

Related Activities
Browns Pass Trail - Browns Pass Trail leads north, from Denny Trailhead on Cottonwood Pass, into the Collegiate Peaks Wilderness.

Magdalena Trail - Magdalena Trail lies within the Collegiate Peaks Wilderness in the Texas Creek drainage. The trail leads to a mine site close to the Continental Divide.

Texas Creek - Deep pools and riffles support Rainbows, Browns, and Brook trout. The fishing is rated as good.

Texas Creek Road #755 - Texas Creek Road provides access to the western boundary of the Collegiate Peaks Wilderness Area. This part of the wilderness is not heavily used and a good place to seek solitude.

Timberline Trail - This trail follows the timberline directly beneath the Sawatch Range. Following the boundary of the Collegiate Peaks Wilderness, the trail offers great views of Taylor Park.

Waterloo Trail - Waterloo Gulch Trail leads north from Texas Creek, following a stream to the head of Waterloo Gulch and a small lake. This entire route lies within the Collegiate Peaks Wilderness.

More Information

Visitor Information:

Gunnison National Forest, 216 North Colorado , Gunnison, CO, 81230, Phone: 970-641-0471


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