This trail goes west, toward Highline Trail (Forest Trail 832), which is in the vicinity of Sawtooth Mountain. The trail is steep and susceptible to wind fall trees. In general, the trail is very scenic and maintains a steady incline along the creek. There are several opportunities to design loops are travel widely in the Weminuche Wilderness, Continental Divide and the rugged San Juan Mountains.
Directions from South Fork: Drive 10 miles west of South Fork on U.S. Highway 160. Turn right at the big Meadows Road and go 3 miles to Shaw Lake
June through Mid-September .
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Hiking & Walking
Kitty Creek Trail
Steep; watch for wind fall trees
Big Meadows Reservoir - Rainbow trout, brook trout and some native cutthroat trout are in the reservoir. There is ample parking and turn around space and a paved boat ramp at the north end. Boating is suitable for rafts to small motor boats.
Highland Trail - Some people prefer to use the Hunters Lake trail (Forest Trail 800) which goes straight toward the Stairsteps. The Stairsteps are another scenic attraction of the Weminuche Wilderness.
Hope Creek Trail - This trail goes from timbered land along the creek to high alpine areas at the base of Sawtooth Mountain. The last 1/2 mile is above timberline and offers magnificent scenery.
Rio Grande National Forest, 1803 West Highway 160
, Monte Vista, CO, 81144, Phone: 719-852-5941, Fax: 719-852-6250, TTY: 719-852-6271