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

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East Creek Trail

Beginning Elevation: 7,850 Feet (2447.0 Meters)
Elevation Gain: 2,450 Feet (763.7 Meters)
Ending Elevation: 10,300 Feet (3210.7 Meters) Ends at Forest Service Road # 631
Trail Number: 535
Usage: Moderate Low fishing usage, low hiker use, moderate horse use, daily commercial rides to Lion Park.

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General Description

From the Forest Service gravel road on the east side of the lake, take the gravel road that starts between North Canyon and Pine Point Campgrounds. You will reach the East Creek Trail sign in about 1/4 mile. About 1/2 mile up the trail you will reach a scenic overlook. Go about 2.5 miles to the East Creek crossing, which is on a private property easement, then the trail follows above the north side of the creek. There is no public access to the trail from Pine River Road because of private property. The trail is heavily used by horseback riders. Brook trout can be caught in this lightly used, scenic drainage.

Snowmobiling and Cross-country skiing

To reach the trail, go through Elkpoint Lodge area, across the Pine River bridge, through Five Branches Campground, up the hill onto Forest Road 603. Turn left on Forest Road 852 which is located across from the entrance to North Canyon Campground. The trail begins approximately 1/2 mile up this road on the right. Look for the markers with the red diamonds. The trail continues into the nonmotorized area where snowmobiles are not permitted. Signs are posted at the boundary point. You will enjoy varied mountain and vegetative scenery.

Directions from Bayfield, Colorado: Travel 14 miles north on County Road 501, then 3.5 miles on County Road 501A (across the Vallecito Dam), then turn right onto a gravel road located across from the entrance to North Canyon Campground. 1/4 mile up that road you will see the East Creek trail sign on the right.

Seasonal Information:
Normally Accessible: Spring through Fall .

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Recreation Opportunities
Activity Remarks On Site
ICON Cross-country Skiing Look for the markers with the red diamonds
ICON Cold Water Fishing Brook trout
ICON Hiking & Walking East Creek Trail
ICON Horseback Riding Popular trail
ICON Mountain Biking Popular trail
ICON Snowmobiling Look for the markers with the red diamonds
ICON Viewing Scenery Scenic overlook located about 1/2 mile up the trail

Related Activities
North Canyon Campground - North Canyon Campground is open only during the peak midsummer season, and is 0.5 mile north of Graham Creek Campground. Although the 21 sites are several long, level ones suitable for large RVs.

Pine Point Campground - The Pine Point Campground is 1/2 mile north of North Canyon Campground, at the upper end of the lake. The campground offers good views of the high, often snowcapped peaks to the northwest.

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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