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

Quick Facts

Cebolla Trail

Beginning Elevation: 10,300 Feet (3139 Meters)
Difficulty: Moderate to Difficult
Elevation Gain: 1,500 Feet (467.6 Meters)
Ending Elevation: 12,000 Feet (3740.6 Meters) Forest Road 790
Length: 5 Miles (8.33 Kilometers) to the intersection with Rough Creek
Length: 9 Miles (15.0 Kilometers) to the intersection with Mineral Creek Trail
Length: 18 Miles (30.0 Kilometers) to Big Meadows Road
Recommended Season: Summer to Fall
Trail Number: 459
Usage: Light
USGS Maps: Bristol Head, Mineral Mountain and Stewart Peak


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General Description

Cebolla Trail, 459, leads east/west through the La Garita Wilderness and into the Cochetopa region. The trail begins on Forest Road 729 at the Skyline Trailhead, which lies at 10,300 feet. The trail leads east climbing steadily for two miles before turning northward into the Martinez Creek drainage. The path descends to 10,300 feet before crossing Rough Creek Trail, 463, five miles beyond Skyline Trailhead.

Cebolla Trail leaves Rough Creek Trail leading in a southeasterly direction. It reaches a high point of 11,400 feet before descending into the Mineral Creek drainage. Nine miles from the trailhead, Cebolla Trail intersects Mineral Creek Trail, 466. The Cebolla Trail crosses Mineral Creek then leads eastward out of the valley.

Leaving Mineral Creek Trail 459 ascends to a height of 11,900 feet as it leads northeast toward Mineral Mountain. Within a mile of Mineral Mountain the trail makes a sharp southward turn and begins to descend into the next drainage. Five miles from Mineral Creek, Cebolla Trail intersects Forest Road 592 and Spring Creek. The elevation of this crossing is approximately 10,300 feet.

Ascending from Spring Creek, Cebolla Trail parallels Sheep Creek for two miles. After leaving the creek, the trail ascends the ridge that contains Baldy Chato (13,401), Stewart Peak (13,983) and Baldy Alto (13,698). Immediately east of this ridge Cebolla Trail ends at Forest Road 790 and 12,000 feet.

Directions from Lake City: Take Colorado Highway 149 south toward Creede. Travel about 16 miles, to a sign on the left which marks the Quiet Valley Ranch Road and the Skyline Trail, 465. Turn left and follow Forest Road 729 about two miles to the Skyline Trail access sign. Skyline and Cebolla Trails begin from the same trailhead.

Directions from Lake City: Use the same access from Lake City to Skyline Trail # 465 (Tumble Creek Access):Take Colorado Highway 149 south toward Creede. Travel about sixteen miles, until there is a sign on the left which marks the Quiet Valley Ranch Road and the Skyline Trail. Turn left and follow Road 729 about two miles to the Skyline Trail access sign.

Seasonal Information:
Normally Open: May through October .



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Recreation Opportunities
Activity Remarks On Site
ICON Backpacking Cebolla Trail
Yes
ICON Cold Water Fishing Rough Creek, Martinez Creek, Mineral Creek, Spring Creek
Yes
ICON Hiking & Walking Cebolla Trail
Yes
ICON Horseback Riding Cebolla Trail
Yes
ICON Animal Identification Cebolla Trail
Yes
ICON Bird Identification Cebolla Trail
Yes
ICON Plant Identification Cebolla Trail
Yes
ICON Wildflower Identification Cebolla Trail
Yes
ICON Viewing Scenery Cebolla Trail
Yes
ICON Viewing Wildlife Cebolla Trail
Yes



Related Activities
Rough Creek Trail #463 - This trail provides a secondary access route into the La Garita Wilderness Area. Herds of deer and elk are often present.

Skyline Trail #465 - This trail delivers the traveler to the Continental Divide. The streams provide good fishing and herds of deer and elk are often visible.

Spring Creek Road #744 - This road accesses Spring Creek. It starts at the Spring Creek Reservoir.



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Visitor Information:

Gunnison County Chamber of Commerce, P.O. Box 36 , Gunnison, CO, 81230, Phone: 970-641-1501

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