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

Quick Facts

Gold Creek Trail #427

Beginning Elevation: 10,280 Feet (3204.5 Meters) Union Park
Difficulty: Easy to Moderate
Elevation Gain: 1,310 Feet (408.4 Meters)
Ending Elevation: 10,320 Feet (3217.0 Meters) Gold Creek Road
High Point: 11,600 Feet (3616.0 Meters) Shaw Ridge
Length: 6 Miles (10.0 Kilometers) to Gold Creek Road
Other Maps: Trails Illustrated 131, 132
Recommended Season: Summer to Fall
Trail Number: 427
Usage: Moderate
USGS Maps: Fairview Peak




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General Description

Gold Creek Trail, 427, leads through the eastern section of the Fossil Ridge Recreation Management Area. The trail begins in the north at the end of Union Park Road, Forest Road 752. The approximate elevation of the northern terminus of the trail is 10,280 feet.

The trail leads south from Union Park into the headwaters of Lottis Creek. It climbs steadily paralleling the creek for two miles then climbs the steep slope of the gulch. During the third mile, the trail climbs to Shaw Ridge and intersects with Cameron Creek Trail, 549, at 11,600 feet. To continue following Gold Creek Trail turn left at this junction. Gold Creek Trail begins to steeply descend from Shaw Ridge into the Gold Creek drainage. The trail parallels the creek for the next two miles until it reaches Gold Creek Road.

Directions from Taylor River Road: Follow Taylor River Road to Cumberland Pass Road, Forest Road 765, which is approximately one mile passed the Lakeview Campground on the southern shore of the reservoir. Follow Road 765 one mile to Union Park Road, 752. Turn right on to Union Park Road. The trailhead is located at the end of the road. The trail can be difficult to find if you are unfamiliar with the area.

Directions from Ohio: Turn onto Forest Road 771.1, which is Gold Creek Road, and travel several miles to the trailhead at the end of it.



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Recreation Opportunities
Activity Remarks On Site
ICON Backpacking Gold Creek Trail
Yes
ICON Cold Water Fishing Gold Creek
Yes
ICON Hiking & Walking Gold Creek Trail #427
Yes
ICON Horseback Riding Gold Creek Trail
Yes
ICON Animal Identification Gold Creek Trail
Yes
ICON Bird Identification Gold Creek Trail
Yes
ICON Mushroom Identification Gold Creek Trail
Yes
ICON Plant Identification Gold Creek Trail
Yes
ICON Wildflower Identification Gold Creek Trail
Yes
ICON Backcountry Skiing Fossil Ridge Wilderness
Yes
ICON Viewing Scenery Gold Creek Trail
Yes
ICON Viewing Wildlife Gold Creek Trail
Yes



Related Activities
Gold Creek Campground - Gold Creek Campground provides access to fishing, hiking, backpacking, horseback riding and mountain biking. It's a great site to experience the natural beauty of the central Rocky Mountains.

Union Park Road - This road accesses Lottis Creek and Gold Creek Trail in the Fossil Ridge Wilderness.



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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