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No Name Trail

Beginning Elevation: 6,000 Feet (1870.3 Meters)
Difficulty: More Difficult
Elevation Gain: 4,000 Feet (1246.9 Meters)
Ending Elevation: 10,000 Feet (3117.2 Meters)
Length: 12 Miles (20.0 Kilometers)
Trail Number: 1847

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General Description

Because No Name Trail is within the area supplying Glenwood Springs with municipal water there is no camping allowed along the first five miles of the trail. We also ask hikers to be careful not to contaminate the public water supply. Most of the trail is rocky with grades of 15-20 %. There are a number of good camping sites along the upper reaches of the trail. Water is available along the entire trail route. There are a number of good views of the valley. The trail primarily follows No Name Creek and the hillsides along the creek. The first 1.5 miles has a fairly gentle grade. The trail then leaves the creek with a number of switchbacks and continues along the hillside for another 1.5 miles before again crossing No Name Creek. The trail then splits into East No Name and No Name Trails.

Directions from Rifle: Head east on I070 for approximately 30 miles and past Glenwood Springs to No Name exit. Turn left and continue for approximately 1 mile to parking area and trailhead.

Seasonal Information:
late spring through fall: April to May through According to weather conditions (NOTE: A good opportunity to see the fall colors. Season varies due to weather conditions.) . Beaver Creek Trail : late spring (weather permitting) through late fall (NOTE: Trail passes through private property so please STAY ON TRAIL. Spectacular views of Mamm Peaks, Roan Cliffs, Flat Tops, etc. Intersects with Battlement Trail #2160.) .

Current Conditions & Trip Reports
Ranger TipModerate to difficult,12 miles long with an elevation gain of 3,700 feet. Trail is rocky and steep with 20-30% grades. Fishing is popular in creek. Trail eventually connects with Grizzly Creek Trail

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Filed By: Jan Hamilton (Topeka, KS)
Time of Day: Sunday through Thursday
Length of Time: Five Days
Difficulty: Hard
Number of People Encountered: 0-10 ppl
Recommend to a Friend: Neutral
Report: We back packed up No Name to the 5 mile mark the first day (third bridge), 6 mile the second (rest day), split off to East No Name the third day about 4 miles; back to mile marker 5 the 4th day and six miles down the 5th. Trail info is conflicting and often inaccurate. For example, the trail head says the E No Name split is at 8 miles, I think. It is really at 6. We were told no camping the first 5 miles and good luck on finding anything till mile 6. Beautiful forests, meadows full of wild flowers. We caught a glimpse of one bear. Bear bags and bear precautions are a must.
Conditions: This is a beautiful area. No camping the first six miles, really, however, which makes it a little tough. The first day we had some 20% inclines; second and third there were some killer 30% and above. Lots of shade but also mosquitoes and flies were a problem even with Deet 100. Sunscreen is a must. Had to wade some areas but not bad. Trail is hard to follow after the 1st 3 miles up E. No Name. We had intended to go across and back down Grizzly but were told the trail was virtually non existent. Some of the places to camp seemed pretty fragile. This is a unique combination of desert ground and forest. Saw some really pretty water falls.
Water Availability: Plenty of water the first 6 miles. We had difficulty finding a place to stop with water the 3rd day. Water was pretty clear but we used filter or iodine at all times. We carried 2 litres each which was too much for the 1st two days, not enough for the 3rd day and too much for the rest of the trip.
Recommended Clothing: Be prepared for anything--even in summer. It was in the upper 30s in the am on our 3rd day but in the 90s I think at the trail head. We had rain gear and light fall wear and were not sorry. Don't attempt to do this in shorts and sandals! Long pants are necessary because of the follage and particularly the stinging nettles.
Suggested Accessories: We thought hiking poles/sticks were a must. The inclines are too steep to trust one's footing with a full pack. This is not a trip for one who is not fit.

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Visitor Information:

Glenwood Springs Chamber Resort Association, 1102 Grand Ave. , Glenwood Springs, CO, 81601, Phone: 888-4GLENWOOD, www.glenscape.com


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