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Ohio Pass Falls Trail

Beginning Elevation: 10,074 Feet (3140.3 Meters) Ohio Pass Summit
Difficulty: Beginner
Elevation Gain: 200 Feet (62.3 Meters)
Ending Elevation: 10,200 Feet (3179.6 Meters) Ohio Pass Falls
Handicapped Accessible: No
Length, One-way: 1.5 Miles (2.5 Kilometers)
Other Maps: Trails Illustrated 133 Kebler Pass, Paonia Reservoir

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General Description

Ohio Pass Falls lie on the extreme eastern ridge of the Anthracite Mountain Range. They contribute to the headwaters of Ohio Creek. The trail to the falls is not maintained by the Forest Service, therefore you won't find any signage at the trailhead or along the trail. Once you do find the trail it is very easy to follow. I hiked it in mid-July and the wildflowers were beautiful.

To locate the trailhead drive to the summit of Ohio Pass, 10,074 feet. There is an elevation marker and a jeep road next to it. Park on the level area beside Ohio Creek Road and follow the jeep road south. After hiking approximately one half mile on the jeep road, look for a talus slope to the right. The trail will lead up a scree-covered slope that has a few small trees poking through the rocks. It leads away from the jeep road as the trail climbs the slope toward the falls. This trail can be slippery when wet. I wore low-top sneakers and will where boots the next time I hike this trail. Once you reach the falls the views of the Ohio Creek Valley are wonderful.

Directions from Crested Butte: Travel west on Kebler Pass, County Road 12, approximately six miles to Ohio Creek Road, which is well marked. Turn left on to Ohio Creek Road and travel approximately one and a quarter miles to the summit of Ohio Pass. Park near the summit elevation marker and walk south on the jeep road west of the road.

Directions from Gunnison: Travel north on Highway 135 two and a half miles to the turnoff for Ohio Creek Road, Forest Road 730. Follow Ohio Creek Road 22 miles to the pass summit. Park near the summit elevation marker and walk south on the jeep road west of the road.

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Recreation Opportunities
Activity Remarks On Site
ICON Backpacking Ohio Pass Falls Trail
ICON Family Camping Lake Irwin Campground
ICON Hiking & Walking Ohio Pass Falls Trail
ICON Bird Identification Ohio Pass Falls Trail
ICON Plant Identification Ohio Pass Falls Trail
ICON Wildflower Identification Ohio Pass Falls Trail
ICON Scenic Driving Ohio Creek Road
ICON Viewing Scenery Ohio Pass Falls Trail

Related Activities
Ohio Creek Road - Ohio Creek Road leads 23.5 miles north from Gunnison to Kebler Pass. Its a great place to see the Colorado wildflowers in bloom during the summer and the golden hue of aspen trees in autumn.

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