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Quick Facts

Gibbs Trail

Beginning Elevation: 10,500 Feet (3273.1 Meters)
Difficulty: Moderate
Elevation Gain: 300 Feet (93.5 Meters)
Ending Elevation: 10,800 Feet (3366.6 Meters)
Length, One-way: 3.0 Miles (5.0 Kilometers)
Trail Number: 841
Usage: Light
USGS Maps: Mt. Hope

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General Description

Wolf Creek Pass viewed from Lobo Overlook on U.S. 160 - 9.27.91J
Copyright: Jim Hughes - US Forest Service
Wolf Creek Pass viewed from Lobo Overlook on U.S. 160 - 9.27.91J
This trail follows a portion of the eastern boundary of the Weminuche Wilderness. The trail has not been maintained for years and the average hiker will not be able to locate it. It will probably remain in its present condition to mitigate recreational activities within this area and to offer challenge, solitude and chances for discovery for those wanting to enjoy a more primitive wilderness experience. It goes from Big Meadows Reservoir to Lobo Overlook.

Directions from South Fork: Travel west from South Fork on U.S. Highway 160 for 10 1/2 miles. Turn right at Big Meadows Road (Forest Development Road 410). Follow this road to Big Meadows Reservoir (1 1/3 miles). From here, hike west for 2 miles on Forest Road 839 to the junction with Forest Trail 841.

Seasonal Information:
Normally Open: Summer through Early Fall (NOTE: Recommended season is Summer to Early Fall) .

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Recreation Opportunities
Activity Remarks On Site
ICON Camping Big Meadows Campground
ICON Cross-country Skiing In the Big Meadows area
ICON Cold Water Fishing Big Meadows Reservoir
ICON Hiking & Walking Gibbs Trail

Related Activities
Archuleta Trail - The Archuleta Trail gives access to the western portion of Chama Basin, one of the most scenic and wild places on the Conejos Peak Ranger District. The trail follows Archuleta Creek, climbing steadily but gradually from the Chama River valley.

Big Meadows Campground - Attractions include fishing at Big Meadows Reservoir and in the South Fork of the Rio Grande, access to the Weminuche Wilderness via the Archuleta Creek Trail 839, visiting Cascade Falls.

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.

Continental Divide - Elwood Pass to Sawtooth Mount - Most of this trail is at or above timberline. The trail is in good condition and not terribly steep. Portions of this trail were relocated and reconstructed in 1989.

More Information
Frequently Asked Questions
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Visitor Information:

Divide Ranger Station, 13308 West US Highway 160, P.O. Box 40 , Del Norte, CO, 81132, Phone: 719-657-3321, TTY: 719-657-6038


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