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Quick Facts

Rough and Tumbling Creek Trail

Beginning Elevation: 9,900 Feet (3086.0 Meters) Rich Creek Trailhead
Difficulty: Moderate
Elevation Gain: 1,540 Feet (480.0 Meters)
Ending Elevation: 10,400 Feet (3241.9 Meters) Fourmile Trailhead
High Point: 11,440 Feet (3566.1 Meters)
Length, One-way: 11.5 Miles (19.17 Kilometers)
Other Maps: Trails Illustrated 110, 129
Recommended Season: Summer
Trail Number: 617
Usage: Moderate
USGS Maps: South Park, Jones Hill, Harvard Lakes




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General Description

Scenic vistas abound in the Buffalo Peaks Wilderness Area
Copyright: Amy Pyle - Interactive Outdoors, Inc.
Scenic vistas abound in the Buffalo Peaks Wilderness Area
Rough and Tumbling Trail provides access to the Buffalo Peaks Wilderness Area. Mechanized and motorized travel is not permitted on this or any other trail within a wilderness area. The trail is 11.3 miles long from Rich Creek Trailhead to Fourmile Trailhead. Good fishing may be found along Fourmile and Rough and Tumble Creeks in still and flowing water.

This is a good trail for backpacking as it links with Salt Creek and Rich Creek Trails to form long loops. The Rich Creek Trail loop is 11.5 miles round trip and the Salt Creek Trail loop is 25.7 miles. Water is available at the Weston Pass Campground and in the backcountry. It is always a good idea to check in with the South Park Rangers, before beginning a backpacking trip, to find out where you'll find the best water sources.

Directions from Weston Pass Road: The easiest access to Rich Creek Trail is from Forest Developed Road 425. Approximately one mile southeast of the Weston Pass Campground on Weston Pass Road is a trailhead for Rich Creek and Rough & Tumbling Creek Trails. Park in the lot provided, cross the stream on the footbridge and follow the trail to the left.

Directions from Buena Vista: Drive north out of town on County Road 371. Follow this for approximately 2 miles to County Road 377, which forks to the right. Drive almost 6 miles to the second road to the right, County Road 375. Take the right fork on to 375 and travel about 2 miles to the Fourmile Trailhead.

Seasonal Information:
Normally Open: Late May through Mid-October .



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Recreation Opportunities
Activity Remarks On Site
ICON Dispersed Camping Rough and Tumbling Creek Trail - no developed sites
Yes
ICON Fishing Rough and Tumbling Creek Trail - Rich Creek
Yes
ICON Hiking & Walking Rough and Tumbling Creek Trail
Yes
ICON Horseback Riding Rough and Tumbling Creek Trail
Yes
ICON Animal Identification Rough and Tumbling Creek Trail
Yes
ICON Bird Identification Rough and Tumbling Creek Trail
Yes
ICON Mushroom Identification Rough and Tumbling Creek Trail
Yes
ICON Plant Identification Rough and Tumbling Creek Trail
Yes
ICON Wildflower Identification Rough and Tumbling Creek Trail
Yes
ICON Backpacking Rough and Tumbling Creek Trail
Yes
ICON Viewing Scenery Rough and Tumbling Creek Trail
Yes
ICON Viewing Wildlife Rough and Tumbling Creek Trail
Yes



Related Activities
Rich Creek Trail - The Rich Creek Trailhead provides hikers with access to the Buffalo Peaks Wilderness. A network of trails within the wilderness are accessible from this site.

Rich Creek Trail - The Rich Creek Trail travels mostly within the Buffalo Peaks Wilderness. The terrain is moderately difficult to traverse with the opportunity to summit the 13,000' Buffalo Peaks.



More Information

Visitor Information:

Park County Tourism Office, P.O. Box 220 , Fairplay, CO, 80440, Phone: 719-836-4279

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