Battlement Trail

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Battlement Trail #527

The Battlement Trail #527 travels through open meadows and spruce/fir/aspen, crossing several small drainages and streams.  Several trails, including the Smalley Mtn. Trail #531, the Hawxhurst Trail #530, the Brush Creek Trail #529 and the East Brush Creek Trail #504, intersect the Battlement Trail which create hiking and riding loops.  There is a section of the Battlement Trail that turns north from the intersection with the Kimball Creek Trail #532 and crosses into the White River National Forest leading to the Battlement Reservoirs.  This section of trail is not open to motorized use.

Open Season: Mid-June – October
Usage: Light-Medium
Best Season: Summer
Restrictions: Open to Hiking, Horseback, Mountain Bike, and OHV less than 50″ in width.
Closest Towns: Collbran, CO

Directions:

WESTERN ACCESS:
From the Plateau Creek Bridge in Collbran, turn left and travel less than a half mile to County Road 58.6 near the rodeo grounds.  Travel north on County Road 58.6 for 5.7 miles up Kimball Creek to the intersection of FSR #275 and FSR #275.1A.  County Road 58.6 becomes FSR #275 once it enters the Grand Mesa National Forest.  At this intersection, turn right and and travel 0.35 miles to the trailhead.  Travel 4.43 miles up the Kimball Creek Trail to the trailhead for the Battlement Trail.

EASTERN ACCESS:
Travel east from the town of Collbran 18.7 miles on Highway 330 and FSR #270 to the boundary of the Grand Mesa and White River National Forests.  Highway 330 becomes FSR #270 when it enters the Grand Mesa National Forest along Road Gulch.  Just before reaching the boundary of the two forests, FSR #271 forks left off FSR #270.  Turn left at this intersection and travel on Mud Hill Road, FSR #271, for approximately 5.6 miles to the Eastern Battlement Trailhead.

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WESTERN TRAILHEAD:
From the Kimball Creek Trail #532.  T.  8S.,  R.  94W.,  Sec.  19.  U.S.G.S. Map:  Hawxhurst Creek.

EASTERN TRAILHEAD:
Off the Mud Hill Road, FSR #271.  T.  8S.,  R.  92W.,  Sec.  19.  U.S.G.S. Map:  Hightower Mountain.

Stats

  • Trail Measurement: 17.86 Miles
  • Compass Latitude: 392035N
  • Compass Longitude: 1074702W
  • Numeric Latitude: 39.3430355
  • Numeric Longitude: -107.7839515
  • Elevation in Meters: 2499 to 3072
  • Elevation in Feet: 8,200 to 10,080

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