Coal Creek Trail

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Coal Creek Trail #702

The Coal Creek Trail #702 is moderate to difficult due to the length and offers trail loop options in open aspen/oak/coniferous forest.  Becasue of the high elevation, snow banks and drifts can be visable until mid-June and creek crossings may be difficult due to spring run-off.  The fullest length of the trail is under the Mesa Rim, providing scenery into the Kannah Creek Basin, with plenty of wildlife viewing and plant identification.  The trail ends at Carson Lake for fishing and undeveloped camping.

Rentals & Guides: Colorado Mountain Adventures
Open Season: July
Usage: Heavy
Best Season: Summer
Restrictions: Open to Hiking, Horseback, and Mountain Bike.
Closest Towns: Grand Junction, CO
Restroom: Yes


From the Highway 65, turn onto Lands End Road, FSR #100 and travel west for approximatley 3.1 miles to the Carson Lake Road #108.2. Turn left, south at this junction, and travel for 1.4 miles until it ends at the northwest side of Carson Lake. The upper Coal Creek Trailhead is located approximately 20 feet below the lower parking area.

From Grand Junction, travel southeast on Highway 50 for approximately 12 miles to its junction with the Lands End Road, FSR #100. Turn left and travel on the Lands End Road for approximately 14 miles to the Wild Rose Picnic Grounds. The Coal Creek Trailhead is located at the far end of this picnic area.

From the west side of Carson Lake. T. 12S.,  R. 96W.,  Sec. 22. U.S.G.S. Map: Hells Kitchen

Out of the Wild Rose Picnic Ground. T. 12S.,  R. 97W.,  Sec. 16. U.S.G.S. Map: Lands End.


  • Trail Measurement: 9 Miles
  • Compass Latitude: 39°56'56.4"N
  • Compass Longitude: 105°10'09.9"W
  • Numeric Latitude: 39.949002
  • Numeric Longitude: -105.169423
  • Elevation in Meters: 2,469 to 3,018
  • Elevation in Feet: 8,100 to 9,900

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    9 Miles
  • Compass Latitude
  • Compass Longitude
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  • Numeric Longitude
  • Elevation in Feet
    8,100 to 9,900
  • Elevation in Meters
    2,469 to 3,018
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