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

Quick Facts

Canyon Creek - Horse Creek Loop Trail

Beginning Elevation: 9,160 Feet (2792 Meters)
Difficulty: Moderate to Difficult
Elevation Gain: 3,438 Feet (1071.7 Meters)
High Point: 12,598 Feet (3927.1 Meters) Granite Mountain
Length: 7.0 Miles (11.3 Kilometers) to Stella Mountain via Canyon Creek Trail
Recommended Season: Summer to Fall
Trail Number: 481 - 482
Usage: Light
USGS Maps: Garfield

Satellite and Topo Map

General Description

The Canyon Creek-Horseshoe Creek Loop provides some diversified opportunities for hiking and backpacking. Trails 481, Canyon Creek, and 482, Horseshoe Creek, form a twelve and a half mile loop.

The loop begins from Forest Service Road 888 where Canyon Creek intersects the road. It follows Canyon Creek for almost two miles to a fork in the trail. At this fork Canyon Creek Trail leads left and Horseshoe Creek Trail leads right.

The Horseshoe Creek Trail leads approximately three miles northeast to Stella Mountain from this fork. Less than a mile north of Stella Mountain it rejoins Canyon Creek Trail. At this trail junction Canyon Creek Trail leads northeast toward Tomichi Pass and southwest toward Snowblind Campground. To complete the loop turn left at this junction. Less than two miles southwest of this northern trail junction the path rejoins Canyon Creek. Canyon Creek Trail follows the stream back to the trailhead. A topographic map of the area is recommended for use on this loop hike.

Directions from Gunnison: Travel east on Highway 50 past Sargents about one and a half miles. Turn left onto the Whitepine Road, Forest Road 888, and travel toward Snowblind Campground. Drive north on Whitepine Road approximately seven miles to the Horseshoe Creek Trail sign on the left side of the road.

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Recreation Opportunities
Activity Remarks On Site
ICON Backpacking Canyon Creek - Horse Creek Loop
ICON Cold Water Fishing Canyon Creek
ICON Hiking & Walking Canyon Creek - Horse Creek Loop Trail
ICON Animal Identification Canyon Creek - Horse Creek Loop
ICON Bird Identification Canyon Creek - Horse Creek Loop
ICON Plant Identification Canyon Creek - Horse Creek Loop
ICON Wildflower Identification Canyon Creek - Horse Creek Loop
ICON Viewing Scenery Canyon Creek - Horse Creek Loop
ICON Viewing Wildlife Canyon Creek - Horse Creek Loop

Related Activities
Snowblind Campground - Four-wheel driving, hiking and backpacking are popular activities for visitors to Snowblind Campground. The site lies west of the Continental Divide at the base of the Sawatch Mountain Range.

Tomichi Creek Drainage - Tomichi Creek begins on the west of the Continental Divide between Pitkin and Sargents, Colorado. It has rainbow and brook trout in its upper, faster moving waters. The slower waters have German Brown.

Tomichi Pass Road - Tomichi Road is difficult and not recommended for the beginner. It leads through mining territory and over Tomichi Pass, 11,980 feet.

More Information

Visitor Information:

Lake City Chamber of Commerce, P.O. Box 430 , Lake City, CO, 81235, Phone: 970-944-2527


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