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Backpacking: Colorado > Pike and San Isabel National Forests > Leadville Ranger District

Quick Facts

Pine Creek Trail

Beginning Elevation: 9,100 Feet (2836.7 Meters) intersection with Colorado Trail
Difficulty: Moderate
Elevation Gain: 3,500 Feet (1091.0 Meters) to trail #1469
Ending Elevation: 12,600 Feet (3927.7 Meters) intersection with trail #1469
Length: 10 Miles (16.67 Kilometers)
Other Maps: Trails Illustrated 129 Buena Vista, Collegiate Peaks
Recommended Season: Fall
Trail Number: 1374
Usage: Heavy approximately 150 people/day




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General Description

This trail leads into the Collegiate Peaks Wilderness from Highway 24. It may be used by horse and foot traffic only. Hikers and horseback riders are requested to remain on constructed trails wherever possible, due to heavy use.

Directions from Leadville: Drive 21 miles south of Leadville on Highway 24. Turn west on to Forest Road 123. Travel approximately 2 miles on this gravel road to the trailhead. High-clearance vehicles are recommended for travel on this road.

Directions from Buena Vista: Drive 12 miles north of Buena Vista on Highway 24. Turn west on to Forest Road 123. Travel approximately 2 miles on this gravel road to the trailhead. High-clearance vehicles are recommended for travel on this road.

Seasonal Information:
Normally Open: May through September .



Current Conditions & Trip Reports

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Difficulty: Moderate
Number of People Encountered: 0-10 ppl
Recommend to a Friend: Highly
Report: Comming from Indiana in July, we were very impressed w/ all aspects of this trail. It was extremely diverse w/ good access to 14ers. In the 3 years we've visited, we only saw 3 people at most each trip! HIGHLY RECOMENDED!



Recreation Opportunities
Activity Remarks On Site
ICON Backpacking Pine Creek Trail
Yes
ICON Hiking & Walking Pine Creek Trail
Yes
ICON Horseback Riding Pine Creek Trail, South Pine Creek Trail, Missouri Gulch Trail, Frenchman Creek Trail
Yes



Related Activities
Frenchman Creek Trail - Frenchman Creek Trail begins at the Collegiate Peak Wilderness boundary, where Frenchman Creek Road ends. It extends 3.5 miles into the wilderness area reaching an elevation of 12,300'.

Missouri Gulch Trail - This area is extremely popular with climbers with access to Mt. Belford, Mt. Oxford and Missouri Mountain. To experience solitude, plan your trip for a week day.



More Information

Visitor Information:

Buena Vista Chamber of Commerce, P.O. Box P, South US 24 , Buena Vista, CO, 81211, Phone: 719-395-6612

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