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Backpacking: Colorado > Rio Grande National Forest > Divide Ranger District

Quick Facts

Farmers Creek Trail

Beginning Elevation: 8,800 Feet (2743.1 Meters)
Difficulty: Moderate
Elevation Gain: 2,500 Feet (779.3 Meters)
Ending Elevation: 11,300 Feet (3522.4 Meters)
Length, One-way: 7.2 Miles (12.0 Kilometers)
Trail Number: 801
Usage: Light to Moderate
USGS Maps: Creede, Wagon Wheel Gap, Halfmoon Pass

Satellite and Topo Map

General Description

Only a few decent camping places exist along the lower portion of the trail. Good scenery and access to Wheeler Geologic Area, La Garita Wilderness and the vastness of Wason Park. Opportunities for fishing are poor. Late fall hunting for big game can be excellent.

The trail begins by paralleling the private fence along the Wason Ranch property for about 0.5 mile. The trail then makes a short winding, steep climb northward away from the Rio Grande River. The trail continues for approximately 1.0 mile over and through rolling, open grassy hills before dropping quickly into the main Farmers Creek Drainage.

After following the creek bottom for 0.5 mile, the trail will cross the creek and begin a short, steep climb out of the main Farmers Creek Drainage. The trail will continue a gradual climb up an aspen-covered drainage for about 1.5 miles. Then the trail will switchback across a mixed aspen/spruce/fir covered hillside before entering several open parks with charred snags from past forest fires. The trail will level out, pass through a small stand of spruce/fir timber, cross a tributary of West Bellows Creek, pass through several more small patches of timber and then meet the Wheeler Wason Trail (# 789) at the end of Wason Park.

Directions from Creede, Colorado: Travel south on Colorado Highway 149 for approximately 1.5 miles. Turn left (north) off the highway and follow the signs to trailhead.

Seasonal Information:
Normally Open: May through September .

Current Conditions & Trip Reports
dry and open to 11,000 feet Updated: 2000-05-09 10:42:00.0

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Recreation Opportunities
Activity Remarks On Site
ICON Backpacking Some decent sites along lower portion of the trail
ICON Hiking & Walking Farmers Creek Trail
ICON Horseback Riding Varied terrain
ICON Big Game Hunting In season

Related Activities
Marshall Park Campground - This site is located near Colorado Hwy. 149 and is the closest forest campground to Creede. There is very little screening or trees, so heavy vehicle traffic along Colorado Hwy. 149 is visible.

Palisade Campground - Some sites are open, while other sites are screened with cottonwoods/aspen/spruce/fir. Campground is located adjacent to Colorado Highway 149 for easy access to travelers passing through.

Palisade Trail - This trail goes north towards Blue Park and Long Park and is mostly used by hikers and hunters.

Wason -Wheeler Trail - Excellent views of Creede and several historic mines provided along the first 2.0 miles of this trail. Breathtaking scenery is enjoyed while standing at Inspiration Point.

More Information

Visitor Information:

Creede-Mineral County Chamber of Commerce, P.O. Box 580 , Creede, CO, 81130, Phone: 800-327-2102 or 719-658-2374, Fax: 719-658-2717


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