The trail primarily parallels Squaw Creek from Thirty Mile Campground to the Continental Divide. Good fishing is possible along Squaw Creek and nice camping areas are easy to find along the trail. Squaw Creek provides nice, pan-sized fish.
The upper 4 miles of the trail wanders around and through numerous boggy areas. Wet feet can only be prevented with care. Elk can often be sighted in the evening or early morning in the open, wet meadows below Squaw Pass.
With binoculars one might also be able to spot bighorn sheep grazing on the rugged, rocky slopes below Hossick Peak. Domestic Sheep graze at various times during the summer months in the grassy meadows in the upper 1/2 of the Squaw Creek Drainage.
The Squaw Creek Trail meanders up the Squaw Creek Drainage at a very gradual grade. The trail begins with a short climb away from Thirty Mile Campground, drops quickly down to the Squaw Creek bridge and within a mile, begins to wander through grassy meadows adjacent to the creek bottom. The trail continues to make a long, gradual climb until just before reaching the Continental Divide Trail (Forest Development Trail 813). The final 1/2 mile to the Divide is somewhat rocky and slightly steeper than the previous 7 miles of the trail. The trail is well defined and easy to follow.
Directions from Creede, Colorado: Travel south on Colorado Highway 149 for 20.1 miles to Forest Development Road # 520 (Upper Rio Grande River Road). Go approximately 9.0 miles to Thirty Mile Campground. The trail leaves the campground about 100 yards south of the amphitheater area. Trail is signed as it leaves the West Campground Loop Road. A backpacker/fisherman parking area is located within Thirty Mile Campground a short distance from the trailhead. Horse and pack stock are not allowed in the campground except to follow the road to the trailhead. Two unloading and packing areas for saddle and pack stock are located immediately along Rio Grande Reservoir Road (Forest Road 520) just 0.25-0.5 mile below the campground. The unloading and packing horse trailhead area that lies 0.5 mile from the campground has hitching rails and loading ramps.
Late June-Early July through September .