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.

Parking:

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.

Stats

  • Trail Measurement: 2.29 Miles
  • Compass Latitude: 390500N
  • Compass Longitude: 1073916W
  • Numeric Latitude: 39.0833161
  • Numeric Longitude: -107.6545025
  • Elevation in Meters: 3,017 to 3,048
  • Elevation in Feet: 9,900 to 10,000

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  • Trail Location
  • Trail Measurement
    2.29 Miles
  • Compass Latitude
    390500N
  • Compass Longitude
    1073916W
  • Numeric Latitude
    39.0833161
  • Numeric Longitude
    -107.6545025
  • Elevation in Feet
    9,900 to 10,000
  • Elevation in Meters
    3,017 to 3,048
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