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Mountain Biking: Colorado > Rio Grande National Forest > Divide Ranger District

Quick Facts

Pole Creek Trail (Divide Ranger District)

Beginning Elevation: 10,600 Feet (3304.2 Meters)
Difficulty: Easy
Elevation Gain: 600 Feet (187.0 Meters)
Ending Elevation: 11,200 Feet (3491.3 Meters)
Length, One-way: 4.0 Miles (6.67 Kilometers)
Trail Number: 820
Usage: Moderate to Heavy
USGS Maps: Finger Mesa, Pole Mountain
Vehicle Accessibility: Multiple use Four-wheel-drive is required for last 5.7 miles.




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General Description

Good fishing is possible in the lower 4.0 miles of Pole Creek. A series of small waterfalls, natural arches and crystal clear pools can be viewed on Pole Creek, about 0.25 mile south of the junction with West Pole Creek.

The falls are not visible from the trail, but the sound of falling water can be heard if you listen carefully. Turn west off the main trail and take the short side trip fro the trail to the creek to see the falls and arches.

Good camping places are available along the lower 4.0 miles of this trail. Camping can be without wood or tree cover for 2.5 miles below the Continental Divide on La Garita Stock Driveway Trail 787. Domestic sheep graze the upper area near the Continental Divide. Cattle occasionally graze the lower east slope of Pole Creek.

After entering a scattered patch of spruce/fir about 1/4 mile from the Stony Pass Road the trail begins to enter the wide open parks that characterize the Pole Creek Valley to its end at the intersection of La Garita Stock Driveway Trail 787.

Directions from Creede, Colorado: Travel south on Colorado Highway 149 for 20.1 miles to Forest Development Road # 520 (Rio Grande Reservoir/Upper Rio Grande Road). Go approximately 23.5 miles on Forest Road 520. The last 5.7 miles of this road is a 4-wheel-drive road. The trailhead is located just before the road crossing at Pole Creek.

Seasonal Information:
Normally Open: May through September .



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Recreation Opportunities
Activity Remarks On Site
ICON Backpacking Lower 4 miles of the trail
Yes
ICON Cold Water Fishing Lower 4.0 miles of Pole Creek
Yes
ICON Hiking & Walking Pole Creek Trail (Divide Ranger District)
Yes
ICON Horseback Riding Watch for sheep and cattle
Yes
ICON Mountain Biking Watch for sheep and cattle
Yes
ICON Motorcycle Riding Watch for sheep and cattle
Yes
ICON ATV Riding Watch for sheep and cattle
Yes
ICON Viewing Scenery Just off the trail - a series of small waterfalls, natural arches and crystal clear pools
No



Related Activities
Lost Trail Campground - The campground is located 38.2 miles southwest of Creede on Forest Road 520. There are numerous attractions to tempt the camper.

Lost Trail Creek - Excellent views and good fishing are both possible along this trail. Evidence of recent and historic mining activity is visible near Carson Pass on the Continental Divide.

Snowslide Trail - The quickest access I mile south of Lake Isabel to the sign on Highway 165. The trail comes out at a almost ever-present patch of snow that can be seen from I-25 when traveling south from Pueblo.

West Pole Creek Trail - Excellent views and an excellent assortment of wildflowers can be found in the West Pole Drainage. Few people hike in the West Pole Area. Hiking this trail is basically a cross-country type experience.



More Information

Visitor Information:

Alamosa Visitor Information Center, Cole Park , Alamosa, CO, 81101, Phone: 719-589-4840, bluskys@alamosa.org

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