Silver Creek Trail #1106

Silver Creek Trail #1106

Trail #1106.  This trail enters the Sarvis Creek Wilderness . Please know regulations and practice “Leave No Trace.”  The trail provides excellent primitive hiking opportunities.

Silver Creek Trail is managed by the Yampa Ranger District and is located in the Gore Range.

The trail begins its ascent on private land.  Please respect the property owners’ rights.  At mile .10  the trail enters the National Forest.  Please keep the gate closed.

The first 0.8 miles is a steady climb among rock outcrops, scattered oak brush and Ponderosa pine. At the top of the ridge, at an elevation of 8,680 feet, is an excellent view of Morrison Creek.

The trail levels out and vegetation begins to change to Lodgepole pine/Douglas fir forest.  The river is some 700 feet below.  At mile 2.2 you can view rapids and sheer rock cliffs.

The trail continues with little elevation change until it crosses Silver Creek at mile 3.6.  From there it follows the stream up to the headwaters at Buffalo Park.

The trail continues on an old logging road to the eastern trailhead.

Fees Free
Usage: Light
Closest Towns: Yampa, CO
Water: No
Restroom: No
Operated By: USFS

Directions:

#1: West Portal – Follow State Highway 131 north, 8 miles from Yampa to County Road 14. Follow 14 east, 3.2 miles to County Road 16 at Stagecoach Reservoir. Follow 16, 7 miles south to trailhead.

#2: East Portal – Follow State Highway 131 south, 9.3 miles from Yampa to State Highway 134. Follow 134 east, 11.0 miles to Forest Road 250. Follow 250, 9.0 miles north to Forest Road 100. Follow 100 4.0 miles north to trailhead.
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Parking is limited.

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Coulton Creek Trail

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The Coulton Creek Trail is a trail located in Colorado.

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Prospector Trail

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The Prospector Trail is a trail located in Colorado.

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Crags Trail

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Crags Trail #664

This trail leads to “The Crags”, a group of rock pinnacle formations. It is a good cross country ski trail. Good for family hikes.

Difficulty: Moderate

Open Season: Friday preceding Memorial Day – Tuesday following Labor Day
Busiest Season: June – October
Restrictions: Motorized vehicles are prohibited.
Water: Drinking water is not readily available. Water from streams should be treated before use. Hikers are
Information Center: Foot, horse, and cross-country ski trail. This trail is a moderately difficult 2.1 mile trail with an elevation change of 800 feet.

Directions:
From Colorado Springs, take Hwy 24, through Woodland Park, to Divide. Turn south on Hwy 67. Drive 4 miles. Turn left on Forest Service Rd. #383. The trailhead is nearly 3 miles up the road approximately 1/8 mile before the Crags Campground.

General Notes:
Camping is permitted along the trail and is recommended 300’ from any trail or stream. Use no-impact camping techniques. Pack it in/Pack it out rule applies. Campfire permits are not required but please be sure your fire is dead out before you leave. Respect other trail users.

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Available at the trailhead.

The Crags Campground

The Crags campground has 17 campsites for tents, small RV’s, or small trailers. It is located in an “out of the way” area and is highly used depending on the time of day and year.

The Crags Trail #664 and the Devil’s Playground Trail #753 start near the campground at the Crags Trailhead located 1/8 mile before the campground.

This is a standard, non-electric campground. It is also a pack it in, pack it out campground.

Directions:
The Crags Campground is located southeast of Divide and is reached by driving 4.3 miles south of Divide on CO Highway 67. Turn left on Forest Road 383 and drive another 3.5 miles east.

General Notes:
A low-level maintained, steep, and narrow access road makes it difficult for larger trailers.  Please drive with caution.  Road may become inaccessible in the winter.

Parking:
There is a parking space for each campsite.

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Rainbow Lake Trail

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Rainbow Lake Trail #449

The Rainbow Lake Trail #449 begins at the end of Rainbow Lake Road, FSR #724 and ends at its intersection with the Soap Basin Trail #442.  Its entire length is in the West Elk Wilderness where Wilderness Regulations apply.  This trail begins in an impressive stand of dense timber.  It climbs gradually into an open meadow, then to a ridge before it descends quickly into the West Elk Creek where it intersects the Coal Mesa Trail #451.  The West Elk Rim Trail #446 and the Sun Park Trail #444 are accessible via the Rainbow Lake Trail.  The Baldys, a series of 12,000 foot peaks, are an easy day hike from this trail.

At a Glance

Open Season:  June – October
Usage:  Medium
Best Season:  Summer
Busiest Season:  Fall Hunting
Restrictions:  Open to Hiking and Horseback.
Closest Towns:  Gunnison, CO

Directions:

Rainbow Lake Trail Access:

From Gunnison, travel west on Highway 50 for approximately 14 miles to the Rainbow Lake Road, FSR #724 which is just before the Dry Creek picnic area for the Curecanti National Recreation Area. Travel north on FSR #724 for approximately 12 miles to the end of the road where the trail begins.
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Rainbow Lake Trail Access:  T. 50N., R. 88W., Section 33.  U.S.G.S. Map: West Elk Peak.  Elevation: 10,960 feet.  Adequate parking is available for horse trailers.

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Divide Trail

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The Continental Divide National Scenic Trail (in short Continental Divide Trail (CDT)) is a United States National Scenic Trail running 3,100 miles (5,000 km) between Mexico and Canada. It follows the Continental Divide of the Americas along the Rocky Mountains and traverses five U.S. states — Montana, Idaho, Wyoming, Colorado, and New Mexico. In Montana it crosses Triple Divide Peak which separates the Hudson Bay, Atlantic Ocean and Pacific Ocean drainages. The trail is a combination of dedicated trails and small roads and considered 70% complete. Portions designated as uncompleted must be traveled by roadwalking on dirt or paved roads.

Only about two hundred people a year attempt to hike the entire trail, taking about six months to complete it. Dave Odell thru-hiked in 1977 and in the same year Dan Torpey hiked from the NM/CO border to Mt Robson, Canada. German long-distance rider Günter Wamser (on his way from Tierra del Fuego to Alaska), and Austrian Sonja Endlweber (who joined him for the rest of the journey from Mexico) managed to complete the tour with four Bureau of Land Management mustangs in three summers 2007–09.

In 2007, Francis Tapon became the first person to do a round backpacking trip “Yo-Yo” on the Continental Divide Trail when he thru-hiked from Mexico to Canada and back to Mexico along the CDT and needed 7 months to finish it. This seven-month journey spanned over 5,600 miles. Tapon took the most circuitous, scenic, high, difficult route north and while returning south, took the more expedient route. Andrew Skurka completed the trail as part of the 6,875-mile Great Western Loop in 2007.

The youngest person to hike the trail is Reed Gjonnes, who hiked the trail with her father Eric Gjonnes from April 15 to September 6, 2013 at the age of 13.

The Continental Divide Trail along with the Appalachian Trail and the Pacific Crest Trail form what thru-hiker enthusiasts have termed the Triple Crown of long-distance hiking in the United States.

This trail can be continued north into Canada to Kakwa Lake north of Jasper National Park by the Great Divide Trail, which is so far described only in a few books and carries no official Canadian status.

Colorado

The CDT passes through many of the highest and wildest mountain regions of Colorado, such as the San Juan Mountains in southern Colorado and the Sawatch Range in the central region. In most areas the trail is well marked. It is concurrent with the Colorado Trail for approximately 200 miles (320 km). The CDT itself meanders in Colorado some 650 miles (1,050 km) at higher altitudes. Depending on any given year’s snow-pack and a hiker’s individual schedule, alternative routes are available. The Creed Cut-off in the San Juan Mountains to avoid persistent snow or unfavorable weather is such an example. This should be balanced with Colorado’s ‘monsoon season’ with afternoon thunderstorms that usually occur in late July and August. The route’s location makes short side trips to many of Colorado’s 14,000-foot (4,300 m) peaks feasible. A few stretches of the CDT in Colorado have no distinct marked or named trail, but Jonathan Ley’s or Jim Wolf’s maps are helpful. The Continental Divide Trail in Colorado has been surveyed recently by Jerry Brown and colleagues. Some stretches of the CDT in Colorado are still a wilderness footpath.

Additional points of interest along the Colorado CDT include:

  • Collegiate Peaks Wilderness
  • Grays Peak – highest summit on the CDT
  • Mount Elbert and Mount Massive – Colorado’s highest peaks
  • Rabbit Ears Pass
  • Rocky Mountain National Park
  • Wolf Creek Pass
  • North Park
  • Middle Park
  • South Park

Continental Divide Trail

The Continental Divide National Scenic Trail is a 3,100-mile trail that runs on or near the Continental Divide, from Canada to Mexico. However, the route is not complete. Most of the route through Colorado has been designated, though some sections of trail are not built. From Rollins Pass south to James Peak, the trail is designated with CDT-branded markers (photo). Spectacular views along this trail overlook the lakes within the James Peak Wilderness.

The South Boulder Creek Trail reaches the Divide at Rogers Pass. From here, the Continental Divide Trail traverses the steep west slope of the Divide towards James Peak on an old road grade. The road grade turns off the Divide at the Ute Trail. The Continental Divide Trail continues to the summit of James Peak.

Permit Info: Sections of this trail enter into the Indian Peaks Wilderness Area, which requires camping permits for all overnight trips between June 1 and September 15. Organized groups are required to have a permit for both camping and day-hiking year round. Overnight permits cost $5 per group, per trip from June 1 through September 15. Day-hiking permits are free year round.
Usage: Heavy
Restrictions: Sections of this trail enter into the Indian Peaks (see the “Permit Info” section) and James Peak Wilderness Areas. Restrictions apply:

  • Motorized and mechanized vehicles are prohibited.
  • Pets must be on a hand-held leash at all times.
  • Campfires prohibited.
  • Campsites must be at least 100 feet away from water and trail.
  • Group size is limited to 12 (people and livestock combined).

Fishing and hunting: permitted in accordance with regulations established by the Colorado Parks & Wildlife.

Closest Towns: Rollinsville, Colorado
Water: None
Restroom: Practice Leave No Trace principles
Operated By: U.S. Forest Service
Information Center: Boulder Ranger District, 2140 Yarmouth Ave, Boulder, CO 80301

Directions: There are no trailheads on Boulder Ranger District that serve the Continental Divide Trail. It can be hiked to via South Boulder Creek Trail and Forest Lakes Trail.

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Red Dirt Pass Trail

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Elk Park Trail

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Elk Park Trail #720

The Elk Park Trail #720 offers a scenic view when it top out at the Forest Boundary and looks down onto both the Grand Mesa and Gunnison National Forests. At this point it become the Elk Park Trail #800a on the Gunnison National Forest and is open to foot, horse, bicycle and snowmobile and is not maintained for ATV use.  This trail receives most of its use in the fall during the big game hunting seasons. The trail travels primarily through a mixture of spruce/fir stands with intermittent open meadows.

Open Season: June – October
Usage: Light
Best Season: Summer
Busiest Season: Fall Hunting – Heavy
Restrictions: Open to Hiking, Horseback, Mountain Bike, and OHVs less than 50″ in width.
Closest Towns: Collbran, CO

Directions:

LOWER ACCESS:
Turn left (north) off of Highway 92 onto the 3100 Road which is located a few miles to the west of Hotchkiss on Rogers Mesa.  Travel north on the 3100 Road approximately 13 miles to the Grand Mesa National Forest Boundary.  At the Forest Boundary the 3100 Road becomes Leroux Creek Road, FSR #128.  Continue north on the Leroux Creek Road for approximately 5.4 miles to its end.  At the end of the Leroux Creek Road, Goodenough Road, FSR #128.1C forks right (north) and the Bailey Reservoir Road, FSR #128.1B forks left (west).  Turn right and travel north on the Goodenough Road 0.5 miles to the East Leon Lower Trailhead.  Turn left (west) onto the East Leon Trail #730 and travel 1.5 miles to the Elk Park Lower Trailhead.

UPPER ACCESS:
The upper trailhead is located 2.29 miles up from the lower trailhead off the East Leon Trail, approximately 0.9 miles up from Fairmont Park Reservoir.

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LOWER TRAILHEAD:
Off the East Leon Trail  #730.  T. 12S.,  R. 92W.,  Sec. 6.  U.S.G.S. Map: Chalk Mountain.

UPPER TRAILHEAD:
From the Grand Mesa/Gunnison National Forest Boundary.  T. 11S.,  R. 92W.,  Sec. 32. U.S.G.S. Map: Chalk Mountain.

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Red Dirt Trail

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Fish Creek Falls Trail

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