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Severy Creek Trail

Beginning Elevation: 9,320 Feet (2905.2 Meters) Crow Gulch Picnic Ground
Difficulty: Moderate
Elevation Gain: 1,640 Feet (511.2 Meters)
Ending Elevation: 10,200 Feet (3179.6 Meters) intersection with Elk Park Trail
Handicapped Accessible: No
Length, One-way: 4.5 Miles (7.5 Kilometers)
Other Elevation: 11,200 Feet (3491.3 Meters) Ghost Town Hollow
Other Maps: Trails Illustrated 137, Pikes Peak Atlas
Recommended Season: Summer
Trail Number: 661
Vehicle Accessibility: Passenger Vehicle




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General Description

The last half mile of the Severy Creek Trail brings hikers to an abandoned mining camp on Pikes Peak known as Ghost Town Hollow
Copyright: Amy Pyle - Interactive Outdoors, Inc.
The last half mile of the Severy Creek Trail brings hikers to an abandoned mining camp on Pikes Peak known as Ghost Town Hollow
Severy Creek Trail has been closed to protect the Greenback Cutthroat Trout, an endangered species, from whirling disease.

Directions from Colorado Springs: Travel west on Highway 24 10 miles to Pikes Peak toll booth. Drive 2 miles on the toll road to the trailhead at Crow Gulch Picnic Ground.

Seasonal Information:
Normally Open: May through October .



Fee Information
Type Price Remarks
Pikes Peak Highway Toll Call for Current Fee Per adult. Tell the attendant



Current Conditions & Trip Reports
Ranger TipThe trail has been closed to protect the endangered Greenback Cutthroat Trout from whirling disease. Hopefully it will reopen in a few years.


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Difficulty: Moderate
Number of People Encountered: 0-10 ppl
Recommend to a Friend: Not Recommended
Report: Severy Creek Trail has been closed to protect the endangered Greenback Cutthroat Trout from Whirling Disease. Hopefully it will be reopened in a few years once the danger has passed.

Difficulty: Moderate
Number of People Encountered: 0-10 ppl
Recommend to a Friend: Not Recommended
Report: 3/6/00: I went to hike Severy Creek Trail with a friend, and we were told at the Toll Booth that the trail has been closed by the Federal Government. There is now a steel gate blocking access to the road that leads to the trail, and numerous signs with trespassing warnings. Hopefully it will be re-opened soon.

Difficulty: Hard
Number of People Encountered: 0-10 ppl
Recommend to a Friend: Highly
Report: I hiked the Severy Creek Trail in the beginning of August '99. Being from Illinois, hiking in the mountains was a little hard for me. I hiked alone, and it was the most beautiful hike I have ever taken. I started at Crow Gulch and hiked up to just above Glen Cove (12,000ft) via the Elk Park Trail. It took about 6 hours. I saw only one person camping and one person hiking. I figure the total distance was about 6-7 miles. I had originally planned to visit the abandoned mining camp, but upon reaching the trail that led to it, I decided I was too tired. In my opinion, the best part of this trail starts just south of the intersection with Elk Park Trail, and then heading north, there were terrific views of pine forested valleys and a little hiking above treeline at the very end. I was out of breath nearly the whole trail, but it was well worth it. If I ever do it again, I think I'll start at Glen Cove and hike down. I have pictures if anyone is interested. nighthike@yahoo.com



Recreation Opportunities
Activity Remarks On Site
ICON Hiking & Walking Severy Creek Trail
Yes
ICON Animal Identification Severy Creek Trail
Yes
ICON Bird Identification Severy Creek Trail
Yes
ICON Mushroom Identification Severy Creek Trail
Yes
ICON Pine Cone Gathering Severy Creek Trail
Yes
ICON Plant Identification Severy Creek Trail
Yes
ICON Wildflower Identification Severy Creek Trail
Yes
ICON Mountain Biking Severy Creek Trail
Yes
ICON Scenic Driving Pikes Peak Highway
Yes
ICON Viewing Scenery Severy Creek Trail
Yes
ICON Viewing Historic Sites Severy Creek Trail - Ghost Town Hollow
Yes



Related Activities
Elk Park Trail - Elk Park Trail leads from the Pikes Peak Toll Road to Barr Camp. Users may take a short spur to an abandoned mining town from this trail.



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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