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Antones Trail

Average Time: 2.5 - 3.5 Hours
Beginning Elevation: 9,640 Feet (3005.0 Meters)
Difficulty: More Difficult
Elevation Gain, One-way: 960 Feet (299.3 Meters)
Length: 2.7 Miles (4.5 Kilometers)
Recommended Season: May-October
Trail Number: 1871
Usage: Light
USGS Maps: Red Creek, Crooked Creek Pass


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General Description

This trail is very difficult to follow at times and recommended most for those who like to explore using a compass and map. The trail begins as an old jeep road closed to motorized use, at the south end of the LEDE Reservoir. It passes through an aspen forest as a gradual uphill climb until it comes up to the top of a ridge into a small open meadow. Just past the ridge top through the spruce/fir on the right, there is a 0.7 mile offshoot, Trail #1871.1A, from the trail that goes to Antones Lakes. Antones Trail is faint through the meadow, but can be found just past a single fir tree. The descent continues through aspen, spruce and fir and another meadow. The trail is again hard to find because of cattle trails leading to the water. It is found to the right of the Antones spring stock tank and follows the drainage down through aspen, spruce and fir to the Powerline Road, FDR 414, near Sylvan Lake.

SPECIAL INTEREST
SCENIC VIEWS - The top of the ridge just 1/2 mile up the trail is
at 10,000 feet elevation. This ridge top meadow is a good place for a summer picnic and enjoy the scenic views of the Mount of the Holy Cross at 14,005 feet, and associated mountain peaks of the Sawatch Range.

Directions from Eagle: Take I-70 7 miles west, and get off at the Gypsum exit. Take a left into town and a right at the Forest Access sign onto Valley Rd. which will become Gypsum Creek Road, FDR 412. Stay on this road for 16 miles until it deadends at LEDE Reservoir. The last mile of FDR 412 is narrow and rough, but passable for 2-wheel drive vehicles. There is a small parking lot and a vault toilet behind it. From the parking lot follow the rough dirt road on the left of the reservoir for 1/3 of a mile until the trail sign. Turn left up the old jeep road.

Directions from Vail: Take I-70 west to the Gypsum exit (#140). Take a left into Gypsum, then a right at the Forest Access sign onto Valley Road, which becomes Gypsum Creek Road, FDR 412. Stay on this road for 16 miles until it deadends at the LEDE Reservoir. The last mile of FDR 412 is narrow and rough, but passable for 2-wheel drive vehicles. There is a small parking lot and a vault toilet behind it. From the parking lot follow the rough dirt road on the left of the reservoir for 1/3 of a mile until the trail sign. Turn left up the old jeep road.

Directions from Beaver Creek: Take I-70 west to the Gypsum exit (#140). Take a left into Gypsum, then a right at the Forest Access sign onto Valley Road, which becomes Gypsum Creek Road, FDR 412. Stay on this road for 16 miles until it deadends at the LEDE Reservoir. The last mile of FDR 412 is narrow and rough, but passable for 2-wheel drive vehicles. There is a small parking lot and a vault toilet behind it. From the parking lot follow the rough dirt road on the left of the reservoir for 1/3 of a mile until the trail sign. Turn left up the old jeep road.

Seasonal Information:
Recommended Season: May through October .



Current Conditions & Trip Reports
Updated: 2001-06-26 14:38:00.0


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Difficulty: Easy
Number of People Encountered: 0-10 ppl
Recommend to a Friend: Highly
Report: This trail is open to motorcycles it's not easy if the grass is high and hard to follow



Recreation Opportunities
Activity Remarks On Site
ICON Cold Water Fishing This trail provides access close to several small lakes. Fresh water shrimp found in the lakes indicate good fishing.
No
ICON Hiking & Walking Antones Trail
Yes
ICON Big Game Hunting
Yes



Related Activities
Antones Lake Trail - This branch of Antones Trail #1871, receives very light use and can be difficult to follow in places, but leads to several small lakes along the north side of Red Table Mountain.

Gypsum Creek General Forest Area - The Gypsum Creek General Forest Area takes in the Gypsum Creek drainage south of the town of Gypsum. It includes the general area between Red Table and Hardscrabble mountains.

LEDE Reservoir - This 27 acre, 32 foot deep reservoir, sits at the top of the Gypsum Creek valley, at an elevation of 9,520 feet .

LEDE Reservoir Dispersed Camping Area - This popular camping area south of Gypsum has no designated or developed sites but camping is permitted at least 100 feet from the waters edge.

Sylvan Lake Campground - This state-operated campground on the edge of scenic Sylvan Lake, sits at an elevation of 8,558 feet, and offers 50 campsites.



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Visitor Information:

Eagle Valley Chamber of Commerce , Eagle, CO, 81631, Phone: 970-328-5220

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