The Nichols Creek Trail branches from the South Fork Trail, 16 miles from the South Fork Trailhead, above Budges Resort. It is most readily accessed from the Coffee Pot Road, along the Colorado River, north of Dotsero.
The Nichols Creek Trail rises steeply for 1 1/2 miles out of South Fork Meadows staying mostly in open areas. The terrain levels off as the trail continues 1/4 mile to the Park Creek Trail junction. From this junction, you gain elevation gradually as the trail continues through open parks bordered by stands of Engelmann spruce for another mile. The last mile of trail travels through stands of beetle-killed spruce until reaching the Lost Solar Trail below Lost Solar Park, 3.7 miles from the South Fork Trail.
Directions from Meeker: Nichols Creek Trail is located 45 miles east of Meeker. Take State Highway 13 east out of Meeker for one mile; turn right on County Road 8 for 18 miles to the South Fork Road (County Road 10) Turn right for two miles, then jog left 1/4 mile, then right for 10 miles to the South Fork Campground and trailhead. From the trailhead, follow the South Fork Trail 16 miles up South Fork Canyon past Budges Resort to the Nichols Trail junction. The trail is accessible from the Colorado River via the Coffee Pot Road FDR #600 to the Budges Resort. The Nichols Creek Trail lies 2 miles from the road up the South Fork Trail.
May through November
(NOTE: Always open. Beware of severe Winter conditions.)