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

Quick Facts

Red Mountain Creek Trail

Beginning Elevation: 9,840 Feet (3067.3 Meters) parking area on Red Mountain Road
Difficulty: Moderate to More Difficult
Elevation Gain: 2,400 Feet (748.1 Meters) from Red Mountain Road
Ending Elevation: 12,240 Feet (3815.5 Meters) Lake Pass
Length: 5 Miles (8.33 Kilometers) to Lake Pass (Trail continues as South Fork Lake Creek Trail, San Isabel National Forest)
Other Maps: Trails Illustrated 127, 131
Recommended Season: Summer
Trail Number: 543
Usage: Light
USGS Maps: Pieplant




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General Description

Red Mountain Creek Trail begins from a parking area at the end of Red Mountain Road, Forest Service Road 742.8H. This is also the northern terminus of the Timberline Trail, 414. Red Mountain Creek Trail follows Timberline Trail and Red Mountain Creek for two miles to the Collegiate Peaks Wilderness boundary. This is where Timberline Trail forks from Red Mountain Trail, with the latter leading to the left.

Red Mountain Trail continues to parallel Red Mountain Creek for two more miles. In the last mile the trail begins to gain elevation. It leaves the creek at approximately 10,880 feet and begins climbing steeply. During the next mile and a half the trail gains approximately 1,560 feet to reach the Continental Divide at Lake Pass. The northern side of the pass lies within the South Fork Lake Creek drainage. The trail becomes South Fork Lake Creek Trail, 1466, on the northern side of Lake Pass.

Directions from Highway 82: Take the South Fork Lake Creek Road, 391, (four-wheel drive only) to South Fork Lake Creek Trail, 1466. Hike four miles to Lake Pass on the Continental Divide. On the southern side of the pass the trail becomes Red Mountain Creek Trail.

Directions from Taylor River Road: Turn right on to Red Mountain Road, Forest Service Road 742.8H, and drive two and a half miles to the parking area for Red Mountain Trail.



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Recreation Opportunities
Activity Remarks On Site
ICON Backpacking Red Mountain Creek Trail
Yes
ICON Hiking & Walking Red Mountain Creek Trail
Yes
ICON Horseback Riding Red Mountain Creek Trail
Yes
ICON Bird Identification Red Mountain Creek Trail
Yes
ICON Animal Identification Red Mountain Creek Trail
Yes
ICON Mushroom Identification Red Mountain Creek Trail
Yes
ICON Plant Identification Red Mountain Creek Trail
Yes
ICON Wildflower Identification Red Mountain Creek Trail
Yes
ICON Backcountry Skiing Collegiate Peaks Wilderness
Yes
ICON Viewing Scenery Red Mountain Creek Trail
Yes
ICON Viewing Wildlife Red Mountain Creek Trail
Yes



Related Activities
Red Mountain Creek Road # 742.8H - This road accesses Timberline Trail (no 4 WD vehicles allowed) and Red Mountain Creek. The first mile of the road is usually passable by two-wheel drive vehicles.

South Fork Lake Creek Road - South Fork Lake Creek (Forest Road 391) begins at Highway 82 about 8 miles west of Twin Lakes Village and ends at the Collegiate Peaks Wilderness boundary.

Taylor River Road - The Taylor River Road is a paved, narrow, winding road, that follows the Taylor River through Taylor Canyon. Traffic is usually very heavy in the summer months.



More Information

Visitor Information:

Crested Butte-Mt. Crested Butte Chamber of Commerce, P.O. Box 1288 , Crested Butte, CO, 81224, Phone: 800-545-4505

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