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

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South Apache Trail

Difficulty: Easy
Elevation Gain: 190 Feet (59.2 Meters)
Length, One-way: .75 Miles (1.25 Kilometers)
Recommended Season: April-May During spring runoff is the best
Trail Number: 1311
Usage: Light

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General Description

Take Lascar Road to its end; the trail begins on the north side of the creek on private property. Red Forest Service tags can be seen on trees. The trail goes through a couple of meadows in the beginning. Remains of maintenance work done years ago, possibly by the CCC are apparent.

About 1.5 miles before the Apache Falls is a post, stay left on Apache Trail to get to the falls. If you go right, and follow Apache Creek, it is about 3 miles (and over 1000 vertical feet) to the Bartlett Trail junction, which is not well marked.

Actually, the easiest way to get to the beautiful Apache Falls is via Bartlett Trail. Take Bartlett Trail south and drop down to Apache Creek, then go up about 1.5 miles on the well-used trail to the Falls.

This is certainly one of the most beautiful parts of the wilderness. To view the falls at their height, you must go at the height of the spring runoff. Typically this is somewhere between April and May. The other neat attribute of this area is that both forks of Apache Creek are inhabited by the endangered greenback Cutthroat trout.

Directions from Walsenburg: Take I-25 north of Walsenburg to the Lascar Road exit. Take the road to then end where the trail starts on private property

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Difficulty: Moderate
Number of People Encountered: 0-10 ppl
Recommend to a Friend: Highly
Report: It about 6 miles total, not.75 ?? Vertical is more than 119 ft, but still not very steep.

Recreation Opportunities
Activity Remarks On Site
ICON Cold Water Fishing Endangered Greenback cutthroat trout present in both forks of Apache Creek.
ICON Hiking & Walking South Apache Trail
ICON Viewing Scenery Apache Falls

More Information

Visitor Information:

Pike and San Isabel National Forests, 1920 Valley Drive , Pueblo, CO, 81008, Phone: 719-545-8737

Pueblo Chamber of Commerce, 302 North Santa Fe Drive, P.O. Box 697 , Pueblo, CO, 81003, Phone: 800-233-3446, www.pueblochamber.org


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