From road 471, this is perhaps the quickest (though by no means the easiest) ascent to the Calico Trail and the panoramic views visible from there. The many switchbacks should discourage the less experienced mountain biker. Horses can also use the trail. Cross-country skiers and snowshoers should find the lower portion, which follows the road, good territory for winter travel.
From Dunton, the first 2/3 of a mile is quite scenic and of a constant climb. The next mile takes one along an old logging road and clear cut area. The second half of the trail is much steeper though switchbacks help alleviate some of the worse parts. Conifer and aspen forests provide a good habitat for mule deer, elk, and various birds.
Note that the USGS topographic map refers to this trail as the Telephone Trail--remains of a telegraph line that once ran here and can still be seen.
Directions from Dunton, Colorado: Follow the signs at Dunton located off Forest Service Road 535 OR Take Forest Service Road 471 off Forest Service Road 535 to its end. The trail crosses this road about 100 yards before the road end. From this point you can travel north to Dunton or south to the Calico Trail.
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