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Hiking & Walking: Colorado > Pike and San Isabel National Forests > Salida Ranger District

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Rainbow Trail #1336 Segment Mears Junction (Hwy. 285) to Windy Peak

Beginning Elevation: 9,540 Feet (2973.8 Meters) Mears Junction
Difficulty: Moderate
Elevation Gain: 1,700 Feet (529.9 Meters)
Ending Elevation: 11,240 Feet (3503.7 Meters) Colorado Trail junction
Length: 13.0 Miles (20.9 Kilometers)
Recommended Season: Summer
Trail Number: 1336 & 1776
USGS Maps: Bonanza, Mt. Ouray, Poncha Pass

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General Description

This section of the Rainbow Trail leads 13 miles west from Mears Junction Trailhead to the junction with the Colorado Trail. The section of the trail from Silver Creek at Toll Road Gulch to the Continental Divide is CLOSED to motorized and mechanized vehicles. This is a long hike with some steep places and an over night trip might be in order. The Continental Divide marks the end of the Rainbow Trail. Anglers will enjoy Silver Creek, a lightly used fishing area located at the end of this segment.

Directions from Poncha Springs: Drive 5 miles south on Highway 285 to the junction of County Road 200. Turn right on to 200 and travel 2.5 miles to a fork in the road. Take the left fork, which is Forest Road 201. Forest Road 201 on Silver Creek provides access to the trial at Toll Road Gulch. The Silver Creek Road is north and high clearance vehicles are recommended.

Directions from Poncha Springs: Mears Junction Trailhead: Drive south on Highway 285 for 5.5 miles to the trailhead.

Seasonal Information:
Normally Open: Late May through September .

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Recreation Opportunities
Activity Remarks On Site
ICON Hiking & Walking Rainbow Trail #1336 Segment Mears Junction (Hwy 285) to Windy Peak
ICON Horseback Riding Rainbow Trail (Mears Junction to Windy Peak)

Related Activities
Rainbow Trail #1336 Segment: Bear Creek to US Hwy. - This segment of the trail leads 12.3 miles north from Bear Creek to Mears Junction. The trail is open to foot, horse and motorcycle traffic.

More Information

Visitor Information:

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