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Quick Facts

Snell Creek Trail

Beginning Elevation: 8,400 Feet (2618.5 Meters)
Difficulty: Moderate
Elevation Gain: 1,600 Feet (498.8 Meters)
Ending Elevation: 10,000 Feet (3117.2 Meters)
Length: 5.5 Miles (9.17 Kilometers)
Trail Number: 1810
Usage: Light

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General Description

Valley below Snell Creek
Copyright: - US Forest Service
Valley below Snell Creek
The Snell Creek Trail connects County Road 8 with the Pagoda Lake Trail 5.5 miles to the north. It follows Snell Creek through patches of lodgepole pine, spruce-fir, and aspen branching up the middle fork of Snell Creek through large open meadows. The trail crosses the creek several times so be prepared to wade through cold ankle deep water. The trail is open to motorcycle use.

Directions from Meeker: Snell Creek 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 38 miles to the Snell Creek Trailhead. The trail begins 1/4 mile above Snell Creek on County Road 8 to the north of the road. The sign reading Pagoda Lake 6 ---> Pagoda Peak 6 1/2 ---> marks the trail.

Seasonal Information:
Normally Accessible: May through November (NOTE: Always open. Beware of severe Winter conditions.) .

Current Conditions & Trip Reports
Open Updated: 2000-05-26 17:59:00.0

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Recreation Opportunities
Activity Remarks On Site
ICON Cold Water Fishing Snell Creek provides fishing for Brook, Rainbow and Colorado Cutthroat Trout.
ICON Hiking & Walking Snell Creek Trail
ICON Horseback Riding Be aware,this trail is open to motorized travel.
ICON Motorcycle Riding

Related Activities
Pagoda Trail - Pagoda Trail begins west of Ripple Creek Pass. It offers motorcycle/ATV access to Snell Creek, Pagoda Lake and Pagoda Peak. It can be followed to Forest Road 230 or linked to the Snell Creek trail.

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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