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

Quick Facts

Waterloo Trail

Beginning Elevation: 10,000 Feet (3117.2 Meters) junction with Texas Creek Trail
Difficulty: Moderate
Elevation Gain: 1,920 Feet (598.5 Meters)
Ending Elevation: 11,920 Feet (3715.7 Meters)
Length: 3.6 Miles (6.0 Kilometers) to Upper Waterloo Gulch
Other Maps: Trails Illustrated 129 Buena Vista, Collegiate Peaks
Recommended Season: Summer to Fall
Trail Number: 540
Usage: Moderate
USGS Maps: Mt. Harvard
Vehicle Accessibility: Four-wheel Drive Vehicle

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General Description

Waterloo Gulch Trail, 540, stems from Texas Creek Trail, 416, in the Collegiate Peaks Wilderness. It begins approximately one and a quarter miles from the western border of the wilderness at Texas Creek Road. The trail begins at 10,000 feet and climbs steadily into Waterloo Gulch. There are two stream crossings in the first half mile then the trail parallels the stream for one mile to the next crossing. In a short distance the trail traverses the stream again then parallels it for the duration of the climb.

The last crossing occurs at approximately 10,850 feet. The trail continues two more miles to the head of Waterloo Gulch. The northern terminus of the trail lies immediately below the Continental Divide. Across the Divide, west of Waterloo Gulch, is ice mountain and the Three Apostles. These mountains are part of the Sawatch Range, the highest in Colorado.

You must have a four wheel drive vehicle to use Texas Creek Road. Travelers might experience difficulty following the trail due to lack of signs.

The trail heads north from Texas Creek, following the creek to the upper end of Waterloo Gulch at small lake. This entire route is in the new Collegiate Peaks Wilderness.

Directions from Taylor River Road: Travel north of Cottonwood Pass Road approximately one and a half miles to Texas Creek Road, 755. Turn eastward and drive six miles on Texas Creek Road (four-wheel drive only) to the wilderness boundary. Hike one and a half miles into the wilderness on Texas Creek Trail, 416, to the junction with Waterloo Gulch Trail, 540.

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

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

Texas Creek (road) Trailhead - Texas Creek Trailhead lies at the end of Texas Creek Road in Taylor Park. It accesses the western Collegiate Peaks Wilderness.

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.

Texas Creek Trail - The trail enters the Collegiate Peaks Wilderness and forks lead to Waterloo Gulch, Magdalene Gulch, South Texas Creek and Browns Pass. The area is characterized by old mine workings and alpine scenery.

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