Cottonwood Trail

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Cottonwood Trail #712

The Cottonwood Trail #712 serves as a connecting route between the Crag Crest Trail #711 and the Lake of the Woods Trail #506.  The trail climbs from its intersection with the Lake of the Woods Trail through dense spruce/fir stands up to the crest of the Grand Mesa.  At several locations there are scenic vistas as the trail climbs toward the crest.  Due to its high elevation, travel on this trail may be hampered by snow drifts lasting into the late spring/early summer and by snow beginning in the fall.

Open Season: July
Usage: Medium
Best Season: Summer
Restrictions: Open to Hiking, Horseback, and Mountain Bike.
Closest Towns: Collbran, CO


Travel south from Collbran approximately 7.6 miles on the 58.5 Road to the Grand Mesa National Forest Boundary.  At the forest boundary, the 58.5 Road continues onto the forest as Trickle Park Road, FSR #121.  Continue south on the FSR #121 for 4.3 miles to its intersection with Cottonwood Lakes Road, FSR #257.  Turn right onto Cottonwood Lake Road and travel west 5.2 miles to the end of the road on the north side of Cottonwood Reservoir #1.  Here there is a parking area and the eastern trailhead for the Lake of the Woods Trail #506.  Travel west 1.06 miles on the Lake of the Woods Trail, crossing the dam of the reservoir, to the Cottonwood Lower Trailhead.

The Cottonwood Upper Trailhead can be reached by travelling up the Crag Crest Trail #711 for 1.52 miles from its western trailhead.  The western trailhead for the Crag Crest Trail is located on the north side of Island Lake off of Highway 65.

Off the Lake of the Woods Trail #506.  T.  11S.,  R. 95W.,  Sec. 26.  U.S.G.S. Map: Grand Mesa.

Off the Crag Crest Trail #711.  T.  11S.,  R. 95W.,  Sec. 35.  U.S.G.S. Map: Grand Mesa.


  • Trail Measurement: 1.8 Miles
  • Compass Latitude: 38°15'36.7"N
  • Compass Longitude: 108°16'41.0"W
  • Numeric Latitude: 38.260205
  • Numeric Longitude: -108.278056
  • Elevation in Meters: 3,078 to 3,292
  • Elevation in Feet: 10,100 to 10,800

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  • Trail Measurement
    1.8 Miles
  • Compass Latitude
  • Compass Longitude
  • Numeric Latitude
  • Numeric Longitude
  • Elevation in Feet
    10,100 to 10,800
  • Elevation in Meters
    3,078 to 3,292
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