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

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Johnny Bull Trail

Beginning Elevation: 8,520 Feet (2655.9 Meters)
Difficulty: More Difficult
Elevation Gain: 2,960 Feet (922.7 Meters)
Ending Elevation: 11,480 Feet (3578.6 Meters)
Length: 4.75 Miles (7.92 Kilometers)
Trail Number: 639
Usage: Light to Moderate
USGS Maps: Rico, Clyde Lake


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General Description

As this trail steadily winds up the creek drainage to the Calico Trail, the route switches its general direction several times. The spruce-fir environment and its associated groves of aspen, Douglas fir, juniper, and sedge are interrupted by stream crossings and lush meadows. This is the trail of choice for wildlife sightings. A trail crew in the course of one day saw three bears (a sow with cubs), a group of three bull elk, and numerous deer. Twenty-eight species of birds, including nesting golden eagles, have been discovered in this area.

The private land access may deter extensive use by hikers. After intersecting the Calico Trail, scenic views of the various San Juan peaks and mesa tops can be seen by going 0.5 mile south to Calico Peak or north toward Johnny Bull Mountain.

Directions from Dolores, Colorado: The primary access to the Johnny Bull Trail is via private property. With permission from the landowner, you may proceed. Take Colorado State Hwy 145 north. Turn north onto Forest Road 535 and continue approximately 17.5 miles. A small wood cabin and larger wood home distinguish the Cresto Ranch site. Park along Forest Road 535, walk through the gate past the main house and over the bridge. The trail proceeds along the 4WD road to the right (south) for the first 1.5 miles. There is a sign at this point directing the traveler left (north) across Johnny Bull Creek and up a switchback toward the Calico Trail.

Seasonal Information:
Normally Accessible: Summer through Fall .



Current Conditions & Trip Reports
Need to cross river to access this trail. Winter conditions. Updated: 2002-12-30 15:59:00.0


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Recreation Opportunities
Activity Remarks On Site
ICON Hiking & Walking Johnny Bull Trail
Yes
ICON Horseback Riding
Yes
ICON Viewing Wildlife Bear, elk, deer, eagles
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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