Gill Creek Trail

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Gill Creek Trail #602

The Gill Creek trail #602 begins at FSR 403.2A and ends at State Highway 141. The trail is used as a connecting route between the Big Creek Road and Highway 141 in Unaweep Canyon. For most of its distance the trail follows the Gill Creek drainage and descends through sagebrush, oakbrush, Ponderosa Pine and Aspen.  In the lower section of the trail before the Gill Creek drainage opens up into Unaweep Canyon, there are several very difficult stream crossings that are dangerous on horseback due to the large boulders in the creek and the heavy water flow. The upper portion of the trail is often used by fishermen to access Gill Creek.

Open Season: June
Usage: Light
Best Season: Summer
Restrictions: Open to Hiking, Horse, & Fishing
Closest Towns: Grand Junction, CO


Travel approximately 3.5 miles south on the Divide Road, FSR #402, from the Northern Forest Boundary to its intersection with the Big Creek Road, FSR #403. Turn right onto the Big Creek Road and travel west and then north for 5.8 miles to its intersection with Big Creek Ranch Road, FSR # 403.2A. Turn right onto Big Creek Ranch Rd. and travel north approximately 1.7 miles to the Upper Gill Creek Trailhead.

The lower trailhead is not accessible to the publice , it is blocked from Highway 141 by private land.  This end of the trail can be accessed by traveling the full length of the Gill Cerrk Trail.


Off of Big Creek Ranch Road, FSR #403.2A.  T. 15S.,  R. 101W.,  Sec. 17. U.S.G.S. Map: Casto Reservoir.

Off of Colorado State Highway 141.  T.  15S.,  R.  102W.,  Sec.  1.  U.S.G.S. Map:  Snyder Flats.


  • Trail Measurement: 3.3 Miles
  • Compass Latitude: 384516N
  • Compass Longitude: 1084324W
  • Numeric Latitude: 38.7544279
  • Numeric Longitude: -108.7234327
  • Elevation in Meters: 2072 to 2468
  • Elevation in Feet: 6,800 to 8,100

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  • Trail Measurement
    3.3 Miles
  • Compass Latitude
  • Compass Longitude
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  • Numeric Longitude
  • Elevation in Feet
    6,800 to 8,100
  • Elevation in Meters
    2072 to 2468
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