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Hiking & Walking: Colorado > Medicine Bow and Routt National Forests > Yampa Ranger District

Quick Facts

West Fish Creek Trail

Beginning Elevation: 9,280 Feet (2892.8 Meters) at Dunckley Pass
Difficulty: Moderate
Length: 6.7 Miles (11.17 Kilometers) from Dunkley Pass to Sellers Reservoir
Length: 11 Miles (18.33 Kilometers) entire loop (approx.)
Other Elevation: 8,960 Feet (2793.0 Meters) at Sellers Reservoir
Other Maps: Routt National Forest Map
Trail Number: 1111
Usage: Heavy
USGS Maps: Dunckley Pass

Satellite and Topo Map

General Description

The West Fish Creek Trail runs from Dunckley Pass, northwest toward West Fish Creek and Dunckley and Dubeau Reservoir. This section runs along a road. It is open to ATV use but not car or four wheel-drive travel. The trail then loops back around to the southwest to Gill Reservoir, and finally back south to Forest Highway 16, west of Dunckley Pass. This section of the trail is not open to any motorized travel. The section of trail from Gill Reservoir to Forest Highway 16 is new and may not be shown on many maps. It ties into FH 16 near the big switchback on the west side of Dunckley Pass.


As humans, we must minimize our impacts to help preserve this resource for present and future generations.

Directions from Yampa: East trailhead (open to ATVs): Follow County Road 17 north 5 miles to County Road 132. Follow 132 west 3.4 miles to Forest Highway 16 and continue to Forest Road 951, just east of the Dunckley Pass summit. Go north on 9951. The trailhead is about 1/2 mile up the road.West trailhead (foot and horseback travel only): continue on FH 16 4-5 miles to the trailhead near the large switchback on the west side of the pass.

Seasonal Information:
Normally Accessible: Summer through Fall (NOTE: Normally accessible. Seasons vary depending on snow depth and weather.) .

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Recreation Opportunities
Activity Remarks On Site
ICON Backpacking The western portions of the trail are closed to motorized vehicle travel.
ICON Fishing area streams and lakes
ICON Hiking & Walking The western portions of the trail are closed to motorized vehicle travel.
ICON Horseback Riding The western portions of the trail are closed to motorized vehicle travel.
ICON ATV Riding from Dunckley Pass to approximately West Fish Creek

More Information

Visitor Information:

Yampa Ranger District, 300 Roselawn Ave., P.O. Box 7 , Yampa, CO, 80483, Phone: 970-638-4516, Fax: 970-638-4635


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