Upper Bench Trail

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Upper Bench Trail #625

The Upper Bench Trail #625 is used as a connecting route between the Johnson Basin Road, FSR #425 and the Calcord Road, FSR #411.1A.  Since this trail contours a hillside at a fairly level grade for the entire distance, it is a relitively easy trail to hike.  It passes through primarily oakbrush and aspen stands and a few intermittent spruce/fir stands.

Open Season: June
Usage: Light
Best Season: Summer
Restrictions: Open to Hiking, Horseback, and Mountain Bike.
Closest Towns: Grand Junction, CO

Directions:

NORTHERN ACCESS:

From the Northern Forest Boundry, travel 21.6 miles South on the Divide Road, FSR #402, to its junction with the Cambell Point Road, FSR #411.  Turn right and travel west on Cambell Point Road for 1.5 miles to the Calcord Road, FSR 411.1A junction.  Make a sharp left and travel 0.8 miles souteast on the Calcord Road until the road dead ends at the Calcord Cow Camp’s corrals and fence.  The Upper Bench trailhead is located southwest of the trailer house at the same location as the Coal Creek Trailhead.

SOUTHERN ACCESS:

From the Northern Forest Boundry, travel 26.6 miles south on the Divide Road, FSR #402, to its junction with the Johnson Basin Road, FSR #425.  Turn right and travel southwest on the Johnson Basin Road for 1 mile until the road forks.  Stay Right and travel northwest for 0.5 miles on the road to Weimers Cow Camp.  The Long Canyon Trail #621 forks right (northeast) off of the road approximately 50 feet before reaching a gate across the road.  Follow the Long Canyon Trail for 0.5 miles until reaching the Upper Bench Trailhead.

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NORTHERN TRAILHEAD:

Off of Calcord Rd., FSR #411. 1A. T. 49N. , R. 16W. , Sec. 4 U.S.G.S. Map Uncompahgre Butte

SOUTHERN TRAILHEAD:

Off of the Long Canyon Trail # 621. T.  49N. , R. 16W. , Sec. 13.  U.S.G.S.  Map:   Snipe Mountain.

Stats

  • Trail Measurement: 8.1 Miles
  • Compass Latitude: 383230N
  • Compass Longitude: 1083751W
  • Numeric Latitude: 38.5416542
  • Numeric Longitude: -108.630928
  • Elevation in Meters: 2713
  • Elevation in Feet: 8900

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  • Trail Location
  • Trail Measurement
    8.1 Miles
  • Compass Latitude
    383230N
  • Compass Longitude
    1083751W
  • Numeric Latitude
    38.5416542
  • Numeric Longitude
    -108.630928
  • Elevation in Feet
    8900
  • Elevation in Meters
    2713
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