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

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Little Browns Creek Trail

Beginning Elevation: 8,970 Feet (2796.1 Meters) Browns Creek Trailhead
Difficulty: Moderate to Difficult some bushwhacking involved
Elevation Gain, One-way: 3,750 Feet (1169.0 Meters) to Upper Browns Road
Ending Elevation: 12,720 Feet (3965.1 Meters)
Length: 9 Miles (15.0 Kilometers)
Other Maps: Trails Illustrated 130, San Isabel National Forest
Recommended Season: Summer
Trail Number: 1430
USGS Maps: Mt. Antero, St. Elmo

Satellite and Topo Map

General Description

Little Browns Creek Trail is not a forest service maintained trail and may be difficult to find in some places. It is an old trail that provides access to the Antero valley. Begin hiking at Browns Creek Trailhead. Hike 1.5 miles to the junction of Browns Creek Trail and the Colorado Trail. At this junction walk north on the Colorado Trail. In approximately .5 miles the trail will split and Little Browns Creek Trail will veer westward. Turn left at this junction. The elevation of this junction is approximately 9,600'. The trail continues to climb as you follow the rugged valley of Little Browns Creek. The trail remains on the north shore of the stream for most of the way up the valley. In the last 1.25 miles before reaching the 4 WD road.

This trail is one way to climb Mt. Antero. It's 14 miles from Browns Creek Trailhead to the summit of Mt. Antero via Little Browns Creek. If this is your desire turn north (right) when you reach the 4 WD road and begin the 1.5 mile climb to the peak.

Directions from Buena Vista: Drive south 10 miles to County Road 270; and then travel west on County Road 270 for 2.5 miles. This road turns sharply north. Continue straight at this T and follow County Road 272 4 miles to the trailhead.

Seasonal Information:
Normally Open: Mid-June through Mid-October .

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Recreation Opportunities
Activity Remarks On Site
ICON Backpacking Little Browns Creek Trail
ICON Fishing Little Browns Creek Trail - Little Browns Creek
ICON Hiking & Walking Little Browns Creek Trail
ICON Mushroom Identification Little Browns Creek Trail
ICON Plant Identification Little Browns Creek Trail
ICON Wildflower Identification Little Browns Creek Trail
ICON Animal Identification Little Browns Creek Trail
ICON Bird Identification Little Browns Creek Trail

Related Activities
Browns Creek Trail - Browns Creek Trail provides access to scenic views of Mt. Antero and the central Rocky Mountain highlands. Fishing for trout is accessible in Browns and Little Browns Creeks.

Browns Creek Trailhead - Browns Creek Trailhead provides access to a plethora of recreation opportunities. Trails accessible from this site include the following: Little Browns Creek Trail, Browns Creek Trail, the Colorado Trail and Wagons Loop Trail

Wagon Loop Trail - This loop provides a relatively easy day hike or ride. The total mileage is approximately 3.5 miles to complete the loop. Fishing is good in Browns Creek and Little Browns Creek.

More Information

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Heart of the Rockies Chamber of Commerce, 406 West Rainbow Blvd. , Salida, CO, , Phone: 719-539-3591


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