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Quick Facts

Venable Creek Trail

Beginning Elevation: 11,600 Feet (3616.0 Meters)
Difficulty: More Difficult
Elevation Gain: 1,500 Feet (467.6 Meters)
Ending Elevation: 12,500 Feet (3896.5 Meters) Ends at east side of Venable Pass (junction with Venable-Comanche Trail on San Isabel National Forest).
High Point: 12,800 Feet (3990.0 Meters) Venable Pass
Length, One-way: 2.0 Miles (3.33 Kilometers)
Trail Number: 859
Usage: Moderate to Heavy
USGS Maps: Electric Peak




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General Description

Venable Lakes, Sangre de Cristo Wilderness - 7.94
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Venable Lakes, Sangre de Cristo Wilderness - 7.94
The trail exists as a connector between the North Crestone drainage and Venable Lakes. The trail travels mostly alpine vegetation and rugged high terrain. There are no good campsites along the route. Thunder storms present a potential hazard in the open areas. The scenery traveled over this route is spectacular and having a camera is highly recommended.

Directions from Venable-Comanche Trail: Via Venable-Comanche Trail (San Isabel National Forest)

Directions from North Fork Crestone Trail: Via North Fork Crestone Trail #747

Seasonal Information:
Normally Open: May through September .



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Recreation Opportunities
Activity Remarks On Site
ICON Hiking & Walking Venable Creek Trail
Yes
ICON Horseback Riding Connects North Crestone drainage and Venable Lakes.
Yes
ICON Viewing Scenery Spectacular scenery
Yes



Related Activities
North Crestone Creek Campground - North Crestone Campground is in the narrow valley of North Crestone Creek at the base of Sangre de Cristo Range.

North Crestone Creek Trail - The trail offers excellent possibilities for extended backpacking or just a good day hike from the campground. Attractions are fishing the creek and lake, excellent scenery, waterfalls and opportunity to see bighorn sheep and occasionally bear.

North Crestone Loop Trail - The trail exists as a connector between Comanche Lake and the North Crestone drainage. The trail offers spectacular viewing near Phantom Terrace.

North Fork Crestone Trail - The trail is in good condition and offers numerous possibilities for circuit routes with other trails lasting from 2 days to a week. This route is a photographer's dream.

Rito Alto Trail - The trail ascends a rugged, steep canyon with diverse vegetation and is well marked. Attractions are fishing in the creek and lake, and big game.



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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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