Skyline Trail

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Skyline Trail #465

The Skyline Trail #465 begins at the Eddiesville Trailhead and ends at the Tumble Creek Trailhead.  It travels most of its length in the La Garita Wilderness where Wilderness Regulations apply. This trail follows the Cochetopa Creek upstream to the base of San Luis Peak, and then climbs to the Continental Divide at San Luis Pass.  It traverses through alpine tundra and talus slopes along the divide to the base of Baldy Cinco and then down into the Tumble Creek drainage.  Encounters with deer and elk are likely and fishing is often good in the streams.  A large portion of the trail is also a segment of both the Continental Divide National Scenic Trail and the Colorado Trail.  Significant distances of the Skyline Trail are at elevations higher than 10,000 feet.

Open Season: Mid-June – October
Usage: Heavy
Best Season: Summer
Busiest Season: Summer
Restrictions: Open to Hiking and Horseback.
Closest Towns: Lake City, CO
Information Center: Gunnison Ranger District
U.S.G.S. Maps:  Slumgillion Pass, Baldy Cinco, San Luis Peak, Halfmoon Pass, Elk Park.

Directions:

Eddiesville Trailhead:

From Gunnison, travel east on Highway 50 to Colorado State Highway 114.  Travel through Cochetopa Canyon on Hwy 114 to County Road 20.  Turn right onto CR 20 to Dome Lakes and turn right just after the Upper Dome Reservoir onto FSR #794.  Follow this road approximately 5 miles to the Eddiesville Trailhead.

Tumble Creek Trailhead:

From Lake City, travel south on Highway 149 for approximately 16 miles to the Gardner Ridge Road, FSR #729.  Follow FSR #729 for approximately 2.5 miles to the Tumble Creek Trailhead.
Parking:

Eddiesville Trailhead:  T.43N., R. 1E., Section 35.  U.S.G.S. Maps:  Elk Park.  Elevation:  10,320 feet.

Tumble Creek Trailhead:  T. 43N., R. 3W., Section 14.  U.S.G.S. Map: Slumgullion Pass.  Elevation:  10,320 feet.

Stats

  • Trail Measurement: 34.7 Miles
  • Compass Latitude: 375813N
  • Compass Longitude: 1065756W
  • Numeric Latitude: 37.9702746
  • Numeric Longitude: -106.9656019
  • Elevation in Meters: 3,146 to 3,658
  • Elevation in Feet: 10,320 to 12,000

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