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Texas Creek Trail #816
The Texas Creek Trail is a lightly used trail which provides access to the popular Ruby Lake area and Trout Lake. From Big Ruby Lake either this trail or FDT#889 (Red Lakes Trail) will provide access to Red Lakes and Trout Lake. This trail serves as a gateway into the Weminuche Wilderness. The trail is open for the following uses: Hiking and Horseback Riding.
From the trailhead, the trail ascends sharply for about a half to three quarters of a mile through the spruce and then descends sharply for about a quarter of a mile to Texas Creek. Be prepared, Texas creek will probably have to be waded. Once across the creek, the trail moves into the trees again and ascends in a very difficult and steep climb for the next tow or more miles.
The trail tops out in a small meadow. Look for the trail markers that should be slightly to your left. From this point, the hike to the junction with Fern Creek Trail at Little Ruby Lake, approximately 1.0 mile, is easy. Follow the trail around Little Ruby Lake to the Fuchs Reservoir, look for the marker of the Texas Creek Trail to your right around the lake from the big cabin.
A short 20 minute hike will place you in the Texas Creek drainage and in a large meadow with campsites located at various tree line locations. At the point where the trail and the creek meet, you should be able to see two trails across the creek. Follow the one to your left (south). You should see trail markers clearly visible on a gradual sloping trail that moves in a line parallel with Texas Creek. You are on the trail to Trout Lake with about six miles to go.
After approximately one mile, the trail will bend to your left over a marshy meadow and will cross Texas Creek again. The creek then bends right and heads up into the high grasslands above the trees. You will pass by a number of small unnamed glacial lakes. As you proceed up from the lakes in a southeasterly direction, you will follow trail markers clearly placed until you top out.
Chief Mountain will be on your right (southwest). Now proceed southeast across the grassy meadow. Walk out into the meadow and head southeast. Be sure Chief Mountain is on your immediate right. The collection of lakes on your left is part of Red Lakes.
When you get to the edge of the Alpine valley that Trout Lake is in, you will be able to look down and see it. The trail down is tricky, with loose rock near the top.
Because the trail from Texas Creek Trailhead to Little Ruby Lake is so difficult, you may wish to hike up to Little Ruby Lake along FDT#815 (Fern Creek Trail) and then join the Texas Creek Trail at its junction with the Fern Creek Trail. The Texas Creek Trail will then go on to Big Ruby Lake.
|Busiest Season:||June – October|
|Restrictions:||Non-Motorized Trail — Camping is not permitted at the trailhead itself since it is located within the Rio Grande Canyon, Summer Home Group. Parking for the trail is available approximately 200 yards northeast of the trail. Trail signs along the road from the parking area point the way to the trail.|
|Closest Towns:||Creede, CO|
|Operated By:||Forest Service|
Directions: Directions from Creede: Travel southwest on Colorado Highway 149 for 20.1 miles, to the intersection of Colorado Highway 149 and Forest Road #520 (Rio Grande Reservoir Road), then 1.5 miles west on Road #520. Turn left and go south on Forest Road 520.21 through private land for 1 mile to where you cross the river. Cross the river and turn right. Park here away from the Summer Homes.
- Trail Measurement: 12.9 Miles
- Compass Latitude: 385225N
- Compass Longitude: 1062140W
- Numeric Latitude: 38.8736058
- Numeric Longitude: -106.3611354
- Elevation in Meters: 2,743 to 3,548
- Elevation in Feet: 9,000 to 11,640
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