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Backpacking: Colorado > Grand Mesa, Uncompahgre and Gunnison National Forests > Taylor River Ranger District

Quick Facts

Browns Pass Trail #369

Beginning Elevation: 10,770 Feet (3283 Meters)
Difficulty: Moderate to More Difficult
Elevation Gain: 2,080 Feet (648.4 Meters)
Ending Elevation: 9,960 Feet (3104.7 Meters) Denny Creek Trailhead
High Point: 12,040 Feet (3753.1 Meters) Browns Pass
Length: 5 Miles (8.33 Kilometers) from Texas Creek to Cottonwood Pass Road
Other Maps: Trails Illustrated 129, 131
Recommended Season: Summer to Fall
Trail Number: 369 or 1442
Usage: Moderate
USGS Maps: Mt. Harvard

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General Description

The trail heads south from Texas Creek ascending to Browns Pass. From Browns Pass the trail descends into the North Fork Drainage. On the south side of the pass the trail intersects with Hartenstein Trail and the Mt. Yale Trail. Most people who use this trail use the Denny Creek Trailhead on Cottonwood Pass Road.

If solitude is what you're seeking, the Texas Creek access is a good way to go. A friend of mine and I hiked this valley on Labor Day Weekend one year and saw only a few people on the Texas Creek side of Browns Pass. Beware that the gradual ascent to Browns Pass from Texas Creek is a real kicker with a pack, but worth every step! (The views from this trail will make you shake your head in awe.) Some of this section of the trail follows the same path as a small stream and is very wet. If you're hiking in wet weather be prepared for a slick trail.

There are dispersed camping sites on the south side of the pass. Please use existing sites so as not to further compromise this heavily used portion of the wilderness. There are also dispersed camping sites at the junction of Browns Pass Trail and Texas Creek Trail. Don't camp in Browns Cabin it has been recognized as harboring hantavirus, which is deadly.

Directions from Taylor Park: Drive north on Taylor River Road to Texas Creek Road, 755. Turn right on to 755 and drive to the wilderness boundary. Hike on Texas Creek Trail, 416, for approximately five miles to the junction with Browns Pass Trail.

Directions from Cottonwood Pass: Drive seven and a half miles east from the top of Cottonwood Pass to reach the Denny Creek Trailhead. Browns Pass Trail leads north from this trailhead, which is often crowded, because it is also the trailhead for Mt. Yale.

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Recreation Opportunities
Activity Remarks On Site
ICON Backpacking Browns Pass Trail
ICON Hiking & Walking Browns Pass Trail #369
ICON Horseback Riding Browns Pass Trail
ICON Animal Identification Browns Pass Trail
ICON Bird Identification Browns Pass Trail
ICON Mushroom Identification Browns Pass Trail
ICON Plant Identification Browns Pass Trail
ICON Wildflower Identification Browns Pass Trail
ICON Backcountry Skiing Browns Pass Trail
ICON Viewing Scenery Browns Pass Trail
ICON Viewing Wildlife Browns Pass Trail

Related Activities
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.

More Information

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