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Quick Facts

Carbonate Creek Trail

Beginning Elevation: 8,000 Feet (2493.8 Meters)
Difficulty: Difficult
Elevation Gain: 2,000 Feet (623.4 Meters) 4,100 ft. at the pass
Ending Elevation: 11,000 Feet (3428.9 Meters) 11,300 ft. at highest
Length: 7.0 Miles (11.67 Kilometers) 11.2 km
Other Maps: Trails Illustrated 128 Maroon Bells, Redstone, Marble
Pets: Yes - Leashed
Trail Number: 1971
Usage: Moderate
USGS Maps: Marble and Snowmass Mtn.

Satellite and Topo Map

General Description

The first 1 1/2 miles travels through private property to the stream crossing, so please stay on the trail. The trail gets steep after the stream crossing for a 1/2 mile, then moderate until just before the pass. At the crossing the trail makes a sharp turn to right and goes uphill before a second, smaller stream. After the pass it is a steep descent to Arkansas Mt. Trail. It is 7 miles to this junction. From here you can loop back along Arkansas Mt. trail, which joins back into Carbonate about a mile after the trailhead. This trail also connects with the North Lost trail. This trail has various vegetation at first and then mostly aspen and meadows with lots of wildflowers and spectacular views of the Raggeds Wilderness Area.

Directions from Carbondale: Travel south on Hwy. 133 for 25 miles past Carbondale to the Marble turnoff. Turn left onto County road 3, continue to the community of Marble and park behind the Beaver Lake Lodge at the trailhead.

Seasonal Information:
Normally Accessible: June through September (NOTE: Snow may obstruct the trail at high elevations.) .

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Recreation Opportunities
Activity Remarks On Site
ICON Backpacking Carbonate Creek Trail
ICON Hiking & Walking Carbonate Creek Trail
ICON Horseback Riding Carbonate Creek Trail

More Information

Visitor Information:

Snowmass Village Resort Association, 38 Village Square, P.O. Box 5566 , Snowmass Village, CO, 81615, Phone: 800-SNOWMASS, info@snowmassvillage.com

Links to other sites:
Forest Conservancy - Current Information from Local Volunteers: Closings and Conditions


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