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Beaver Ponds Trail Taylor River Ranger District,
Grand Mesa, Uncompahgre and Gunnison National Forests
This is an easy, half-mile hike that's good to do with children. It winds through aspen forest that are lovely during late September.
Browns Pass Trail #369 Taylor River Ranger District,
Grand Mesa, Uncompahgre and Gunnison National Forests
Browns Pass Trail leads from the Texas Creek Valley to Cottonwood Pass Road. The trail is approximately six miles long, most of it lies within the Collegiate Peaks Wilderness.
Castle Pass Trail #441 Taylor River Ranger District,
Grand Mesa, Uncompahgre and Gunnison National Forests
This is a difficult trail to access, because Castle Creek Road is private property. Castle Pass Trail leads west from Lowline Trail over Castle Pass to Cliff Creek Trail.
Coal Mesa Trail Taylor River Ranger District,
Grand Mesa, Uncompahgre and Gunnison National Forests
The trail climbs from Soap Creek to West Elk Creek. It follows a ridge for a distance with excellent views.
Conundrum Trail #1981 Taylor River Ranger District,
Grand Mesa, Uncompahgre and Gunnison National Forests
This trail lies within the Maroon Bells-Snowmass Wilderness and uses Copper Creek as an access to Conundrum Hot Springs.
Copper Creek Tail #1983 Taylor River Ranger District,
Grand Mesa, Uncompahgre and Gunnison National Forests
Copper Creek Trail, 1983, leads from the Judd Falls Trailhead near Gothic, north to East Maroon Pass. The entire length of this trail is located within the Maroon Bells-Snowmass Wilderness.
Costo Lake Trail #425 Taylor River Ranger District,
Grand Mesa, Uncompahgre and Gunnison National Forests
This trail accesses Costo Lake (fair fishing) in the West Elk Wilderness. The best way to access this trail is hiking north on Lowline or Mill Castle Trails.
Daisy Pass Trail Taylor River Ranger District,
Grand Mesa, Uncompahgre and Gunnison National Forests
Daisy Pass trail heads southwest from Baxter Basin to Redwell Basin. The entire trail traverses through high, rugged terrain.
Gold Creek Trail #427 Taylor River Ranger District,
Grand Mesa, Uncompahgre and Gunnison National Forests
Gold Creek Trail connects Union Park Road and Gold Creek Campground. It leads through the eastern side of the Fossil Ridge Wilderness area.
Henry Lake Trail Taylor River Ranger District,
Grand Mesa, Uncompahgre and Gunnison National Forests
The Henry Lake Trail, 429, stems from the South Lottis Creek Trail. It follows South Lottis Creek to its source Henry Lake.
Lowline Trail Taylor River Ranger District,
Grand Mesa, Uncompahgre and Gunnison National Forests
This trail is a good access for the entire east side of the West Elk Wilderness and is an excellent trail for extended pack trips.
Magdalena Trail Taylor River Ranger District,
Grand Mesa, Uncompahgre and Gunnison National Forests
Magdalena Trail lies within the Collegiate Peaks Wilderness in the Texas Creek drainage. The trail leads to a mine site close to the Continental Divide.
Mill Castle Trail Taylor River Ranger District,
Grand Mesa, Uncompahgre and Gunnison National Forests
This trail goes through rugged terrain, but is one of the most scenic trails in the West Elk Wilderness.
Ohio Pass Falls Trail Taylor River Ranger District,
Grand Mesa, Uncompahgre and Gunnison National Forests
The trail to Ohio Pass Falls is approximately one and a half miles, beginning on an abandoned jeep road. The falls are part of the Ohio Creek headwaters flowing from the eastern Anthracite Mountain Range.
Rainbow Lake Trail Taylor River Ranger District,
Grand Mesa, Uncompahgre and Gunnison National Forests
The trail heads northwest from Rainbow Lake Road seven miles into the West Elk Wilderness.
Red Mountain Creek Trail Taylor River Ranger District,
Grand Mesa, Uncompahgre and Gunnison National Forests
Red Mountain Creek Trail, 543, leads from the Red Mountain Road to the Continental Divide. The trail is marked as Rocky Mountain Trail on USGS maps.
Silvanite Trail Taylor River Ranger District,
Grand Mesa, Uncompahgre and Gunnison National Forests
The Silvanite Trail leads from Copper Creek to the abandoned Silvanite Mine site in the Maroon Bells-Snowmass Wilderness.
Soap Basin Trail Taylor River Ranger District,
Grand Mesa, Uncompahgre and Gunnison National Forests
Soap Basin Trail is a good trail to incorporate into your route for extended pack trips. It connects with several other trails within the West Elk Wilderness.
Soap Creek Trail Taylor River Ranger District,
Grand Mesa, Uncompahgre and Gunnison National Forests
Soap Creek Trail leads north from Soap Creek Trailhead nine miles to a junction with Soap Basin Trail. Most of the tread parallels Soap Creek. It is contained within the West Elk Wilderness.
South Lottis Trail Taylor River Ranger District,
Grand Mesa, Uncompahgre and Gunnison National Forests
South Lottis Trail extends north and south, through the Fossil Ridge Wilderness, for ten and a half miles. It leads from the South Lottis Trailhead to the Gold Creek Trailhead.
Summerville Trail Taylor River Ranger District,
Grand Mesa, Uncompahgre and Gunnison National Forests
This trail begins in Taylor Canyon, one mile below Lodgepole Campground. After entering the Fossil Ridge Wilderness, the trail climbs out of Summerville Creek connecting with the Fossil Ridge Trail, 431.
Swampy Pass Trail Taylor River Ranger District,
Grand Mesa, Uncompahgre and Gunnison National Forests
Swampy Pass Trail is a good access to the West Elk Wilderness from the Ohio Creek Road. The trail is very scenic.
Texas Creek Trail Taylor River Ranger District,
Grand Mesa, Uncompahgre and Gunnison National Forests
The trail enters the Collegiate Peaks Wilderness and forks lead to Waterloo Gulch, Magdalene Gulch, South Texas Creek and Browns Pass. The area is characterized by old mine workings and alpine scenery.
Timberline Trail Taylor River Ranger District,
Grand Mesa, Uncompahgre and Gunnison National Forests
This trail follows the timberline directly beneath the Sawatch Range. Following the boundary of the Collegiate Peaks Wilderness, the trail offers great views of Taylor Park.
Twin Lakes Trail Taylor River Ranger District,
Grand Mesa, Uncompahgre and Gunnison National Forests
Twin Lakes Trail leaves upper Brush Creek Road and enters the Maroon Bells-Snowmass Wilderness. Twin Lakes lie at approximately 11,780 feet.
Washington Gulch Trail Taylor River Ranger District,
Grand Mesa, Uncompahgre and Gunnison National Forests
Washington Gulch Trail leads southeast from Gothic Road to Washington Gulch Road. This four and a half mile trail makes a short day hike if a car is available at each terminus.
Waterloo Trail Taylor River Ranger District,
Grand Mesa, Uncompahgre and Gunnison National Forests
Waterloo Gulch Trail leads north from Texas Creek, following a stream to the head of Waterloo Gulch and a small lake. This entire route lies within the Collegiate Peaks Wilderness.
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