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Luder's Creek Trail

Difficulty: Easy
Elevation Gain: 500 Feet (155.9 Meters)
Length, One-way: 12.0 Miles (20.0 Kilometers)
Time, One-way: 1.5-2.0 Hours Mountain Biking
USGS Maps: North Pass


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General Description

Begin at Windy Point parking area and head north on the switchback going downhill. Follow this road as it curves back and turn right just before the first fence. Follow this logging road uphill until you reach NN 14 again at Cochetopa Pass. Turn right and ride on this road past Luders Creek Campground.

Turn left at Taylor Canyon Road and proceed along the jeep trail. The road from there becomes confusing, follow the signs carefully. Remain on Taylor Canyon Road and follow it back to NN 14. Turn right and follow the highway back to the parking area.

You will reach Cochetopa Pass 3.2 miles from the parking area. Turn left over the cattle guard and ride 50 feet and you will see the historical marker bearing the old stage route and elevation. At that marker, you are in a wonderful area to camp for the night, if your trip allows. Be careful once you are on Taylor Canyon Road, because there are two barbed wire fences across the trail.

In order to pass, you must open the gates, and close them once you have gone through. Depending on the time of year, you may encounter cows while on this road. Proceed slowly, as some cattle may see fit to graze in the middle of the trail. The trail has few obstacles and rather shallow climbs with some rough surfaces.

Directions from Saguache, Colorado: Follow Colorado Highway 114 west for 20.0 miles to County Road NN 14. Turn left down this road and follow six miles to Windy Point. There is a designated parking area that will access Luders Creek Trail and Archuleta Creek Trail.

Seasonal Information:
Normally Open: May through September .



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Recreation Opportunities
Activity Remarks On Site
ICON Backpacking At historical marker
Yes
ICON Hiking & Walking Luder's Creek Trail
Yes
ICON Viewing Interpretive Signs Historical marker bearing the old stage route and elevation
Yes
ICON Mountain Biking Few obstacles; rather shallow climbs; some rough surfaces
Yes



Related Activities
Archuleta Creek Trail - Once you reach Cochetopa Pass (3.2 miles) the historical markers along the Continental Divide give a sense of history to the trail. About 8.0 miles into the trail you will ride/hike through meadows filled with beautiful wildflowers.

Buffalo Pass Campground - The campground is near dirt Forest Roads 791 and 792. It is also an area for big game hunting.

Luders Creek Campground - The road leading to the campground is itself of historical significance. It was one of the famous toll roads leading west from Saguache built by Otto Mears.

Stone Cellar Campground - Stonecellar Campground is in Saguache Park near the confluence of tributaries forming Saguache Creek.



More Information

Visitor Information:

South Fork Chamber of Commerce, P.O. Box 12 , South Fork, CO, 81154, Phone: 719-873-5512

Rio Grande County - South Fork, Del Norte, Monte Vista, P.O. Box 577 , South Fork, CO, 81154, Phone: 800-571-0881 or 719-873-5512, Fax: 719-873-5693, www.southfork.org

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