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Pagoda Trail

Beginning Elevation: 10,276 Feet (3203.2 Meters)
Difficulty: Moderate
Elevation Gain: 125 Feet (39.0 Meters)
Ending Elevation: 10,401 Feet (3242.2 Meters)
Length: 6.5 Miles (10.83 Kilometers)
Trail Number: 1804
Usage: Light

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General Description

This trail is open to motorcycles and ATVs. The trailhead is located .4 mile south of the Ripple Creek Pass summit. The trail leads northwest out of the parking area staying mainly in open parks with a few short stretches of mixed dead spruce and spruce-fir forests in between. Three and one-half miles from the trailhead, the Pagoda Lake Trail divides off; the lake lies 1/4 mile to the south of the main trail surrounded by thick timber. To the north, Pagoda Peak rises to 11,120 feet, getting its name from its unusual shape. The elevation continues to drop gradually from the trailhead until reaching the Snell Creek Trail junction, one mile beyond Pagoda Lake. The Pagoda Trail continues west around the shoulder of Sand Peak to its terminus at Forest Road 230.

Directions from Meeker: Pagoda Lake Trail is located 39 miles east of Meeker. Take State Highway 13 east out of Meeker for one mile; turn right on County Road 8 for 44 miles. The trailhead parking lot is on the west side of the road 4/10 mile from the summit of Ripple Creek Pass. The trail begins at the west end of the parking area.

Current Conditions & Trip Reports
Open Updated: 2000-07-05 18:09:00.0

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Recreation Opportunities
Activity Remarks On Site
ICON Cold Water Fishing Pagoda Lake Trail provides fishing access to Snell Creek and Pagoda Lake.
ICON Hiking & Walking Pagoda Trail
ICON Horseback Riding Be aware, this trail is open to motorized use.
ICON Motorcycle Riding

Related Activities
Long Park/Lost Creek General Forest Area - The Long Park/Lost Creek area offers access to four-wheel drive roads, hiking trails and hunting. It is located in the northern portion of the Blanco Ranger District, northeast of Buford.

Pagoda Lake - Pagoda Lake offers Rainbow and Brook Trout fishing.

Pagoda-Snell Creek Loop Trail - This motorized trail loop links County/Forest Road 8 (near Ripple Creek Pass), the Pagoda Peak Trail and the Snell Creek Trail.

Vaughn Lake Campground - Vaughn Lake campground is located in the Dunckley Pass area northwest of Yampa along the Flat Tops Trail Scenic and Historic Byway.

More Information

Visitor Information:

Yampa Ranger District, 300 Roselawn Ave., P.O. Box 7 , Yampa, CO, 80483, Phone: 970-638-4516, Fax: 970-638-4635


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