Smalley Mountain Trail

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Smalley Mountain Trail #531

The Smalley Mountain Trail #531 provides the best way to reach the lower trailhead of Hawxhurst Trail #530 or Hawxhurst Cow Camp, if coming from the Collbran area. The first two miles of the trail are largely aspen and open meadows; the last 2.3 miles are generally oak brush or a combination of aspen and oakbrush. The trail is of medium difficulty.

Open Season: June – October
Usage: Medium
Best Season: Summer
Busiest Season: Fall Hunting
Restrictions: Open to Hiking, Horseback, Mountain Bike, Motorcycle, and OHVs less than 50″ in width.
Closest Towns: Collbran, CO

Directions:

UPPER ACCESS:

From Collbran, follow Colorado Highway 330 across the Plateau Creek bridge and turn left (west) and travel 1/4 mile.  The Kimball Creek Road, County Rd #58.6, climbs steeply to the north from the Plateau Creek drainage. Travel for approximately 5.5 miles to the Grand Mesa National Forest boundary where Kimball Creek Road becomes Forest Service Road #275. At this point take the spur road, FSR 275.1A, which forks off to the right. Travel for approximately 0.4 mile to the western (lower) trailhead of the Kimball Creek Trail #532. Follow the Kimball Creek Trail for 4.43 miles where it intersects with Battlement Trail #527. Travel east on Battlement Trail for approximately one-quarter mile to the upper trailhead of Smalley Mountain Trail.

LOWER ACCESS:

Access to the lower trailhead of Smalley Mountain is through private land, and is normally not open to the public; however, it may be accessed  by way of Hawxhurst Trail #530 which intersects Smalley Mountain trail at its lower trailhead. This approach would only be practical if you were already approaching the general area from above, traveling west on the Battlement Trail.

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UPPER TRAILHEAD:
From the intersection of Battlement Trail #527.  T. 8S.,  R. 94W.,  Sec. 19.  U.S.G.S. Map: Hawxhurst Creek.

LOWER TRAILHEAD:
From the intersection of Hawxhurst Trail #530.  T8S,  R94W.,  Sec. 33.   U.S.G.S. Map:  Hawxhurst Creek.

Trail Ethics:
The Smalley Mountain Trail is maintained for foot, horse, mountain bike, and OHV travel. Please don’t cut across switchbacks or create new trails.

Dispersed Camping:
Dispersed camping is permitted in most areas of the Forest. Recreation maps are available at all local Forest Service offices and personnel can answer questions on specific sites. Camping in undeveloped areas requires more from the camper to help keep the site in the condition in which it was found. If you Pack it in-Pack it out!

Drinking Water:
DO NOT drink water directly from a river or stream. Water needs to be treated first by either filtering, boiling for at least 10 minutes or treating with iodine tablets.

Multiple use:
As you use this area you may notice that the Forest is managed for a broad range of uses. Recreation use alone includes hiking, horseback riding, hunting, snowmobiling and sightseeing. In addition, the vegetation in the Forest requires some form of management. Timber harvest and livestock grazing are both forms of land management you may encounter while using this area. The livestock grazing on this area is managed in a very progressive and specific manner. The fences and gates that you may see are critical to managing the livestock and meeting the resource objectives that are planned for this area. Please close all gates that you open as you travel through the area. Controlling the livestock in the manner that we have planned is important.

Stats

  • Trail Measurement: 4.3 Miles
  • Compass Latitude: 391941N
  • Compass Longitude: 1075501W
  • Numeric Latitude: 39.3280345
  • Numeric Longitude: -107.9170128
  • Elevation in Meters: 2,487 to 3,097
  • Elevation in Feet: 8,160 to 10,160

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