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Hiking & Walking: Colorado > San Juan National Forest > Mancos-Dolores Ranger District

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Fish Creek Trail

Beginning Elevation: 8,200 Feet (2556.1 Meters)
Difficulty: More Difficult
Elevation Gain: 1,480 Feet (461.3 Meters)
Ending Elevation: 9,680 Feet (3017.5 Meters)
Length: 9.0 Miles (15.0 Kilometers)
Trail Number: 647
Usage: Light
USGS Maps: Groundhog, Clyde Lake

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General Description

The trail follows closely along the banks of Fish Creek through timbered as well as numerous dense growth meadows. Be prepared for several stream and creek crossings. A large and well marked rock slide is easily crossed about 2/3 of the way down.

Good fishing is reported along here. The Colorado Division of Wildlife has created a fish habitat on the lower end. The trail is open to horses and hikers as well as mountain bikes--though their use could be quite difficult in spots, particularly in the streams. The lower elevation of the Fish Creek Trail affords a different trail opportunity in the Dolores District of the San Juan National Forest. The lush meadows also create a welcome environment for flies and mosquitos. Long sleeve shirts and pants are advisable.

Directions from Dolores, Colorado: Proceed on Colorado State Hwy 145 north to Forest Service Road #535. Continue north on FR #535, then turn left (north) onto Forest Service Road #611. Follow FR #611 to Forest Service Road #404. Turn left (south) onto #404. This is a 4WD road which can be driven through September to the signed trailhead. After October 1, and after heavy rains, one would begin this trek at the 611/404 road junction. One could also hike up the trail by starting at the private road located off Forest Service Road #535 approximately 8.0 miles from the junction of Forest Service Road #535 and Hwy 14. This is a private road and would require hiking uphill to Black Mesa.

Seasonal Information:
Normally Accessible: Summer through Fall .

Current Conditions & Trip Reports
Winter conditions. Updated: 2004-04-23 14:02:00.0

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Recreation Opportunities
Activity Remarks On Site
ICON Cold Water Fishing
ICON Hiking & Walking Fish Creek Trail
ICON Horseback Riding

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Mesa Verde Country Visitor Information, P.O. Box HH , Cortez, CO, 81321, Phone: 800-253-1616, Fax: 970-565-1155, lynnd@mesaverdecountry.com


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