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Agate Creek Trail Cebolla Ranger District,
Grand Mesa, Uncompahgre and Gunnison National Forests
This trail offers fair fishing along Agate Creek and access to the Continental Divide.
Alder Creek Trail Norwood Ranger District,
Grand Mesa, Uncompahgre and Gunnison National Forests
This trail contours terrain for a very easy hiking experience. It connects with the Dallas Trail on the Ouray district of the Uncompahgre National Forest.
Baldy Lake Cebolla Ranger District,
Grand Mesa, Uncompahgre and Gunnison National Forests
Fishing at Baldy Lake is a gamble because of the short seasons and finicky fish, but if your lucky you could land one of the one and a half pounders that live there.
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.
Big Blue Trail Cebolla Ranger District,
Grand Mesa, Uncompahgre and Gunnison National Forests
This trail offers good fishing and spectacular, high-alpine views but can be crowded during the summer months.
Boulder Lake Cebolla Ranger District,
Grand Mesa, Uncompahgre and Gunnison National Forests
Boulder Lake lies immediately south of the Fossil Ridge Wilderness boundary. It can be accessed via a steep climb on a spur trail from the Fossil Ridge Trail.
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.
Canon Hondo Trail Cebolla Ranger District,
Grand Mesa, Uncompahgre and Gunnison National Forests
This two mile hike offers a less traveled option than most hikes in the region, with lots of wildlife viewing opportunities. The entire Canon Hondo Trail lies within the La Garita Wilderness.
Canyon Creek - Horse Creek Loop Trail Cebolla Ranger District,
Grand Mesa, Uncompahgre and Gunnison National Forests
The Canyon Creek - Horseshoe Creek Loop is approximately 12.5 miles in length. A topographic map of the area is recommended for anyone attempting this hike.
Canyon Diablo Trail Cebolla Ranger District,
Grand Mesa, Uncompahgre and Gunnison National Forests
The Canyon Diablo Trail stems from Trail 465 along Cochetopa Creek. The entire trail lies within the boundaries of the La Garita Wilderness.
Canyon Infierno Trail Cebolla Ranger District,
Grand Mesa, Uncompahgre and Gunnison National Forests
This trail provides access to the Powderhorn Wilderness, a high alpine tundra ecosystem with expansive views of the San Juan and La Garita Mountain Ranges. Herds of elk are a common sight at the upper end of the trail.
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.
Cataract Lake Trail Cebolla Ranger District,
Grand Mesa, Uncompahgre and Gunnison National Forests
This trail delivers the traveler to Cataract Lake where fishing is reported to be good. The trail continues beyond the Continental Divide as Trail 822, West Lost Trail Creek Trail on the Rio Grande National Forest.
Cebolla Trail Cebolla Ranger District,
Grand Mesa, Uncompahgre and Gunnison National Forests
Cebolla Trail, 459, leads 18 miles east/west through the La Garita Wilderness. The entire trail lies above 10,000 feet so be prepared for rapidly changing weather conditions.
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.
Elk Creek Trail Norwood Ranger District,
Grand Mesa, Uncompahgre and Gunnison National Forests
This trail serves as a connecting link between the Elk Creek Road and the Woods Lake Trail.
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.
Larson Lakes Trail Cebolla Ranger District,
Grand Mesa, Uncompahgre and Gunnison National Forests
This old jeep road delivers the traveler to good fishing at Larson Lake and provides access to the Big Blue Wilderness.
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.
Mill Lake Cebolla Ranger District,
Grand Mesa, Uncompahgre and Gunnison National Forests
Mill Lake lies at an elevation of 11,720 feet. The fishing can vary dramatically from hour to hour, but fish of 18 inches have been caught at this site.
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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