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Hiking & Walking: Colorado > San Juan National Forest > Columbine Ranger District

Quick Facts

Red Creek Trail

Beginning Elevation: 8,000 Feet (2493.8 Meters)
Difficulty: Most Difficult
Elevation Gain: 1,800 Feet (561.1 Meters)
Ending Elevation: 9,800 Feet (3054.9 Meters)
Length, One-way: 3.5 Miles (5.83 Kilometers)
Recommended Season: Memorial Day through Labor Day
Trail Number: 726
Usage: Heavy High horse use during hunting season
USGS Maps: Rules Hill, Lemon Reservoir

Satellite and Topo Map

General Description

This trail provides good hiking late spring to mid-fall. It follows the stream most of the way up and is shaded by big fir, spruce and aspen trees. The trail gradually climbs the first 2 1/2 miles and then goes up a series of switchbacks before meeting with Missionary Ridge Trail. Fall colors are quite a sight to see and large game animals such as elk and mule deer are not uncommon. An overnight loop trip using Missionary Ridge Trail and First Fork Trail is possible.

Directions from Durango, Colorado: Travel east on County Road 240 for 8.0 miles. This road will turn into Florida Road. Turn north at Colvig Silver Camp. Go past the camp, over the cattle guard and follow the dirt road for about 1 1/2 miles to the end where the trailhead begins. A strong 2WD or 4WD with good clearance is needed for the last part of the dirt road.

Seasonal Information:
Normally Accessible: Memorial Day Weekend through Labor Day Weekend .

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Recreation Opportunities
Activity Remarks On Site
ICON Backpacking Overnight loop trip possible
ICON Hiking & Walking Red Creek Trail
ICON Viewing Scenery Nice fall color

Related Activities
First Fork Trail - An excellent trail to view fall colors and occasional big game. There are several stream crossings.

More Information

Visitor Information:

Durango Area Chamber Resort Association, 111 South Camino Del Rio , Durango, CO, 81301, Phone: 800-463-8726, Fax: 970-385-7884, durango@frontier.net


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