Deep Creek Trail

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  • Length: Approximately 4 miles and then becomes hard to follow and may require a good map to continue.
  • Difficulty Level: Requires good map and navigation skills may be required.
  • Elevation: Ranges from 5,900 up to 10,000 ft in the forest.
  • Recommended Season: Spring through fall.
  • Use: Moderate
  • Maps: 1:100,000 topographic: Glenwood Springs USGS: 1:24,000 quadrangles: Dotsero, Broken Rib Creek

Highlights: An unmaintained, unmarked primitive trail follows Deep Creek along the bottom of a 2,500 feet narrow, steep sided, cliff-bordered canyon. The trail is defined for the first three miles and then becomes diffused in places due to the narrowing of the canyon. Travel on the creek bed is necessary in some places about three or four miles up the canyon. The trail features outstanding and diverse scenery as well as wildlife watching and fishing. This area contains fossil bearing limestone formations, dolomite and sandstone cliffs. The canyon is carved deep into the White River Plateau. Vegetation bordering the creek in this diverse riparian area is dominated by spruce, cottonwood and shrubs. The creek contains rainbow, cut-throat, brown trout and brook trout. The Deep Creek area is habitat for a variety of wildlife, includin: deer, elk, black bear, mountain lion, bobcat, bald eagles and other raptors as well as a variety of small birds and mammals. The area is also a historic habitat for Rocky Mountain bighorn sheep and peregrine falcons.

Access: From I-70, take the Dotsero exit #133. Drive north on Colorado River Road (Eagle County Road 301) for approximately 2 miles. Turn left and travel west on Coffee Pot Road, go about 2 miles and look for the trail on the right.

Facilities: Parking, visitor information, picnicking, toilet and roadside and walk-in camping.

Maintenance: This is an unmaintained primitive trail on the north side of the creek. This trail requires a creek crossing and there is no bridge available. The first 3 miles are easy to follow, but if you plan on continuing into the National Forest you will need a good topographic map.

Deep Creek Trail # 806

From the trailhead the trail goes up the drainage about 9 miles until you reach FDR#528. FDT#806 (Deep Creek Trail) continues by following FDR #528 approx. 3 miles to North Lime Creek Trailhead. From North Lime Creek Trailhead, hike up FDR#440 about 450 yards. You will see a trail taking off to the right (south) and a sign pointing the way to Fisher Mountain. Follow this trail. At 2.7 miles, some rock cairns mark the unsigned Deep Creek Trail, which leads to FDT#805 (Ivy Creek Trail) about 8-9 miles south.

This is a NON-MOTORIZED Trail.   ATV’s and Motorcycles are prohibited.  Mountain Bikes are allowed on the trail for the first nine miles, until you enter the Weminuche Wilderness. The trail is open for the following uses: Day Hiking, Horseback Riding, Mountain Biking, No motorized vehicles allowed.

Operational Hours: This trail is normally open year around but is usually snowed in from December through April each winter.  It is suited to cross country skiing in winter.
Reservations: No Reservations Required.
Fees No Fee
Open Season: May
Usage: Medium
Best Season: June to Sept.
Busiest Season: July
Restrictions: No Motorized vehicles.
Closest Towns: Creede, CO
Water: No
Restroom: No
Operated By: Forest Service

Directions: From the town of Creede, CO travel south on State Highway 149 toward Lake City for 1.5 miles. Take a left on airport road and go south for another 1.5 miles to the Deep Creek road. Turn right on Deep Creek Road and go .25 miles to the trailhead on the south side of the road.

Mountain Biking
To Weminuche Wilderness boundary only.

Difficulty Level: Intermediate to Difficult

Day Hiking and  Backpacking
This is a great day hike trail close to the town of Creede.  The trail follws Deep Creek up it’s canyon and alongside beaver ponds.

Difficulty Level: Intermediate to Difficult

Horse Riding

Difficulty Level: Intermediate to Difficult

Deep Creek Trail #779

The Deep Creek Trail is 6.0 miles long. It begins at Forest Road 787 and ends at Forest Trail #908.

The trail is open for the following uses: Mountain Biking, Hiking, Horseback Riding, and Hunting.

At a Glance

Closest Towns: Gunnison, CO

Directions:

To access from Forest Road 787: From Saguache, go 22 miles west on Hwy 114, then 19 miles west/northwest on Forest Road 750 (County Road NN14) and 20 miles south on Forest Road 787 to the trail. From Gunnison, go east 7 miles to Highway 114, then south 24 miles to Forest Road 804, then south to BLM Road 3085, east to BLM Road 3088/Forest Road 787, then south 20 miles to trail.

To access from forest road 600: From Creede travel 7 miles southeast to FR 600, turn east and travel about 14 miles northeast to OHV road, travel about one mile to the trailhead.

Day Hiking and Backpacking

Difficulty Level: Moderate

Deep Creek Trail #709

The Deep Creek Trail #709 alternates between Spruce/Fir/Aspen cover type and Open Meadow for the first 5 miles.. The trail intersects Deep Creek Cutoff #709.1 approximately 0.7 miles form the upper trailhead.  Raber Cabin is located 5.09 miles from the upper trailhead, at the intersection with Lands End Road, FSR #100. There are interpretive signs here, explaining the historical significance of this site. The section of trail from the rim down to the Coal Creek Trail #702 may be considered difficult due to the steep slope which it traverses. The vegetation along this section of the trail includes skunk cabbage, aspen, spruce, fir, and open meadow. As the trail descends from the rim, it provides travelers with a scenic view overlooking the Kannah Creek Basin.

Open Season: Mid-June – October
Usage: Medium
Best Season: Summer
Restrictions: Open to Hiking, Horseback, and Mountain Bike.
Closest Towns: Mesa, CO

Directions:

UPPER ACCESS:
From the town of Mesa, travel South on Highway 65 to Mesa Lakes Resort.  Turn right and go to the left side of the restaurant; follow the directional signs to Glacier Springs parking lot.  Take the Mesa Lakes Shore Trail #503 for approximately 50 yards to the upper Deep Creek Trailhead, which is on the left (west) side.

LOWER ACCESS:
From Highway 65 and Lands End Road, FSR #100, junction, travel west on the Lands End Road for approximately 3.1 miles to the Carson Lake Road, FSR #108.2. Turn left at this junction and travel 1.4 miles to the end of the road, there is a parking area on the northwest side of Carson Lake and the Coal Creek Trailhead. Follow the Coal Creek Trail #702 for approximately 1.1 miles to the junction with the lower Deep Creek Trailhead.

Parking:

UPPER TRAILHEAD:
Off of Mesa Lakes Shore Trail #503.  T. 11S.,  R. 96W.,  Sec.  34.  U.S.G.S. Map: Mesa Lakes.

LOWER TRAILHEAD:
Off the Coal Creek Trail #702.  T. 12S.,  R. 96W.,  Sec. 21.  U.S.G.S. Map: Indian Point.

Stats

  • Trail Measurement: 4, 6, 6.72 and 18 Miles
  • Compass Latitude: 390101N
  • Compass Longitude: 1080719W
  • Numeric Latitude: 39.0169255
  • Numeric Longitude: -108.1220194
  • Elevation in Meters: 2,652 to 3,536
  • Elevation in Feet: 8700 to 11600

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  • Trail Location
  • Trail Measurement
    4, 6, 6.72 and 18 Miles
  • Compass Latitude
    390101N
  • Compass Longitude
    1080719W
  • Numeric Latitude
    39.0169255
  • Numeric Longitude
    -108.1220194
  • Elevation in Feet
    8700 to 11600
  • Elevation in Meters
    2,652 to 3,536
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    • Trail Maps
      • Trail GPS Files
        • Trail Weather

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