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

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Gold Run Trail

Beginning Elevation: 10,600 Feet (3304.2 Meters)
Difficulty: More Difficult Average grade is 14 percent
Elevation Gain: 1,600 Feet (498.8 Meters)
Ending Elevation: 9,000 Feet (2805.5 Meters) Bear Creek
Length: 2.5 Miles (4 Kilometers)
Trail Number: 618
Usage: Moderate
USGS Maps: Orphan Butte, Colorado


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General Description

This trail primarily serves as access to Bear Creek. The trail meets Bear Creek Trail 607 at the bottom of Bear Creek. At this intersection the hiker may continue downstream to the mouth of Bear Creek or go upstream to the Highline Loop National Recreation Trail or Sharkstooth Trail 622.

The Gold Run Trail goes down a tributary side canyon into Bear Creek. The trail passes through stands of aspen and spruce. An open park provides vistas of a small portion of the Bear Creek Drainage. A large rock slide, about midway down the trail, can occasionally block the trail to horse traffic.

Directions from Mancos, Colorado: Travel 1/4 mile north on Colorado State Hwy 184, then turn east on Forest Development Road #561 for about 19.0 miles to the Gold Run Trailhead facilities. Trail begins at the southeast end of the facilities (near the corrals).

Seasonal Information:
Normally Accessible: Late Spring through Late Fall .



Current Conditions & Trip Reports
Closed due to snow. Updated: 2004-04-22 15:01:00.0


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Recreation Opportunities
Activity Remarks On Site
ICON Hiking & Walking Gold Run Trail
Yes
ICON Horseback Riding
Yes
ICON Mountain Biking
Yes
ICON Motorcycle Riding
Yes



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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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