Tepee Creek Trail

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Tepee Creek Trail #1173

Trail #1173. This trail begins very near to Lynx Pass. It climbs for the first mile and then crosses Forest Road 263. This is the highest point of the trail, at 9400 feet. From this point the trail goes downhill along Tepee Creek for its duration, in a southeasterly direction. You will encounter mainly lodgepole pine. At mile 3.2, the trail crosses an old logging road. This road was used to remove timber from the Tepee-Rock Timber sale which closed in 1981. The road is now closed to avoid wildlife disturbance.  The trail continues on the north side of Tepee Creek. Along the trail, you will find good brook trout fishing and beaver ponds. There is a tough crossing of downed logs at Rock Creek just at the east end of the trail. Take care when crossing as spring run-off can complicate this.

This trail is managed by the Yampa Ranger District.

Closest Towns: Yampa, CO
Water: No
Restroom: No
Operated By: USFS


Follow State Highway 131 south from Yampa to State Highway 134 at Toponas, 9.3 miles. Follow 134 East to Forest Highway 270, 8.2 miles. Follow 270 north to Forest Road 263, 3miles. Follow 263 for ¼ mile. On the first switchback you will find the trailhead.

Parking is limited. Park out of the way of log trucks maneuvering the turn. Additional parking and rest facilities are available at Lake La Guanita.


  • Trail Measurement: 4.4 Miles
  • Compass Latitude: 40°06'15.7"N
  • Compass Longitude: 106°40'42.0"W
  • Numeric Latitude: 40.104351
  • Numeric Longitude: -106.678332
  • Elevation in Meters: 2,743 to 2,865
  • Elevation in Feet: 9,000 to 9,400

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    4.4 Miles
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  • Elevation in Feet
    9,000 to 9,400
  • Elevation in Meters
    2,743 to 2,865
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