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

Quick Facts

Indian Creek Trail

Beginning Elevation: 10,520 Feet (3279.3 Meters) North end of Bear Lake
Difficulty: Easy to Moderate
Elevation Gain: 3,180 Feet (991.3 Meters)
Ending Elevation: 8,700 Feet (2712.0 Meters) County Road 421
High Point: 11,200 Feet (3491.3 Meters) Raspberry Mountain
Length, One-way: 15 Miles (25.0 Kilometers)
Trail Number: 1300

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General Description

Ponderosa Pine branch
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Ponderosa Pine branch
This is a multiple use trail, so ATVs and motorbikes are permitted. The trail starts at the north end of Bear Lake and connects the lake with Baker, Shortcut and Dodgeton Trails. The trail follows the contours of the drainages in a rather roller coaster fashion without really gaining any elevation.

There is a scenic view about 1/2 mile from the trailhead that leads up a burn scar to (where the unique Limber/Bristlecone forest is growing up). One can look out over Cuchara valley and the ski area.

The Baker Trail junction is reached after about 1.5 miles. After 3 miles one can connect with Shortcut Trail and the Dodgeton Trail intersects after about 5 1/2 miles.

At about the 7 mile marker, Bonnett Park is reached. It is a big, open meadow. Then you gain about 1000 feet getting to Raspberry Mountain. As you drop back down, you travel through ponderosa, scrub oak and Mexican locust. There are some southern exposure red rock formations that are interesting to view and some switchbacks. The trail ends at Indian Creek Road (County Road 421) and at that point you are about 8 miles north of La Veta.

Directions from La Veta: Travel South of La Veta on Highway 12 to Forest Road 422 (Blue Lake/Bear Lake Road). The trail begins on the north side of Bear Lake, about 5 miles southwest of Highway 12. Parking is available.

Seasonal Information:
Normally Accessible: Mid-May through Mid-October (NOTE: Weather dependent) .

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Difficulty: Easy
Number of People Encountered: 0-10 ppl
Recommend to a Friend: Highly
Report: Sept.'97 I continued NW up FR410 to another spring until finally ending at RR tracks. Great trail! Derek

Recreation Opportunities
Activity Remarks On Site
ICON Camping Blue Lake and Bear Lake
ICON Geology Red rock formations
ICON Cold Water Fishing Blue Lake and Bear Lake
ICON Hiking & Walking Indian Creek Trail
ICON Hunting In season
ICON Mountain Biking Also try Dodgeton Trail
ICON Motorcycle Riding Popular site; please stay on the track
ICON ATV Riding Popular site; please stay on the track
ICON Viewing Scenery Cuchara Valley and the ski area

Related Activities
Baker Trail - Baker Trail is accessed via Dodgeton or Indian Creek Trails, making a loop trip possible.

Dodgeton Trail - This trail starts at Spring Creek Trailhead, where there is parking, a new toilet and picnicking facilities. It is designated as a multiple use trail.

Indian Trailhead - The trail starts at the north end of Bear Lake; connects with Baker and Dodgeton Trails, goes over Raspberry Mountain and ends at Indian Creek Road (County Road 421).

Shortcut Trail - This trail links with Indian Creek and Dodgeton Trails and can make a nice loop with Shortcut and Dodgeton Trails.

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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