Winter Trail

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The Winter Trail is a trail located in Colorado.

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  • Compass Latitude: 374643N
  • Compass Longitude: 1080334W
  • Numeric Latitude: 37.7786053
  • Numeric Longitude: -108.0595173
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Caribou Trail

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The Caribou Trail continues on an impressive old road, blasted into a cliff, to Caribou Pass. Some parts of this trail are narrow and not for the faint of heart.Stats

  • Trail Measurement: 4.1 Mile Loop
  • Compass Latitude: 400430N
  • Compass Longitude: 1054625W
  • Numeric Latitude: 40.0749863
  • Numeric Longitude: -105.7736194
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Elk Creek Trail

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Elk Creek Trail # 731

The Elk Creek trail is 15.0 miles long. It begins at Forest Road 128 and ends at Forest Trail 813.

Elk Creek provides excellent opportunities for trout fishing along its entire length. The trail follows Elk Creek from its confluence with the Conejos River to its upper reaches and passes through a variety of terrain including deep canyons and wide meadowed valleys. The trail is well traveled by fishermen, hikers and horse packers and is easy to follow. Suitable camping sites are dispersed along the valley. Water from Elk Creek can be filtered for drinking. Parking is availabe at the Trailhead

The trail joins the Continental Divide Scenic Trail #813. Other trails which can be reached via the El Creek Trail are the Notch Trail #729 and the Rough Creek Trail #727.

The trail is open for the following uses: Horseback riding, hiking, backpacking, cross country skiing and snow shoeing.  Outside the wilderness, the trail is open to mountain biking.

Area Amenities: Toilets,Drinking water,Parking
Open Season: May – October
Usage: Medium
Closest Towns: Antonito
Water: Yes at Elk Creek Campground
Restroom: Yes at the campground
Information Center: The trail begins by climbing high above Elk Creek where the valley narrows overlooking the boulder-strewn stream. The trail then follows the valley, with Elk Creek meandering slowly through the wide, flat First, Second and Third Meadows. Steep cliffs of volcanic rock loom above the valley floor and are intermittently broken by side canyons. At the head of Elk Creek Canyon, the trail climbs the steep southern slope to Dipping Lakes, which sit on the ridge dividing the Elk Creek and Chama River drainages. The trail joins the Continental Divide Scenic Trail #813 directly above Dipping Lakes.

Directions:

From Antonito travel west on highway 17 to Elk Creek Campground, about 23 miles. Just after entering Elk Creek CG cross the bridge and take the trail leading south along the bank of Elk Creek.

Mountain Biking

From the trail head to the South San Juan Wilderness boundary only.

Difficulty Level: Moderate

River and Stream Fishing

Trout in Elk Creek and Conejos River.

Difficulty Level: Moderate

Backpacking and Day Hiking

Difficulty Level: Moderate

Horse Riding

Difficulty Level: Moderate

XC Skiing/Snowshoeing

Difficulty Level: Moderate

Amenities

Toilets at Elk Creek campground
Parking at the trailhead
Drinking water at Elk Creek campground

Stats

  • Trail Measurement: 15 Miles
  • Compass Latitude: 370912N
  • Compass Longitude: 1063132W
  • Numeric Latitude: 37.153341
  • Numeric Longitude: -106.52559
  • Elevation in Meters: 2682 to 3581
  • Elevation in Feet: 8800 to 11750

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Onahu Creek Trail

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The Onahu Creek Trail is an advanced trail located in Colorado.

Excellent loop trail through quiet forest and meadow along flowing mountain creeks.

Stats

  • Trail Measurement: 7.6 Mile Loop
  • Compass Latitude: 40°18'28.1"N
  • Compass Longitude: 105°50'25.7"W
  • Numeric Latitude: 40.307807
  • Numeric Longitude: -105.840481
  • Elevation in Meters: 3031
  • Elevation in Feet: 9945

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Wapiti Trail

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Wapiti Winter Trail

The Wapiti Trail intersects the Sourdough Trail at two locations north of Brainard Gateway Trailhead. It offers a nice loop opportunity for those exploring the Sourdough Trail from either Red Rock Trailhead or the Beaver Reservoir Trailhead. There is no clear footbed for hiking or biking; the trail is constructed for winter uses.

Diverging from the Sourdough Trail 0.4 miles north of the South Saint Vrain Creek and Trail, the Wapiti Trail turns west at the base of an aspen-covered slope, soon swinging north through a minor saddle. From here, Wapiti Trail continues north down a broad drainage, hooking back to the east and south around the north end of the ridge along the 9,400-foot contour.

Wapiti trail reconnects with Sourdough Trail off the end of a major switchback. It is another two miles north on Sourdough Trail from here to Beaver Reservoir Trailhead.

Usage: Light
Best Season: Snow conditions typically exist December through June
Restrictions: Motorized vehicles prohibited. Although hiking and biking are not forbidden, the trail is not designed for summer use.
Closest Towns: Ward, Colorado
Water: Lakes and streams; treat water for drinking.
Restroom: Practice Leave No Trace principles
Operated By: U.S. Forest Service
Information Center: Boulder Ranger District, 2140 Yarmouth Ave, Boulder, CO 80301

Directions:

Follow directions for Brainard Gateway Trailhead and head north on Sourdough Trail or go to Beaver Reservoir Trailhead and head south on Sourdough Trail.

Stats

  • Trail Measurement: 2 to 3.3 Mile Loop
  • Compass Latitude: 400621N
  • Compass Longitude: 1053205W
  • Numeric Latitude: 40.1058191
  • Numeric Longitude: -105.5347216
  • Elevation in Meters: 2,789 to 3,063
  • Elevation in Feet: 9,150 to 10,050

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Chicago Lakes Trail

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Chicago Lakes Trail (#52)

Leaving from Echo Lake, the trail goes downhill for the first mile. Here Chicago Creek is dammed to form the Idaho Springs Reservoir. This will be the easy part of the hike for the trail then climbs upward the remaining three miles. You will pass through an old burn area where in 1978, 400 acres burned in the Reservoir Fire. Abundant wildflowers stand out against the burned trees. Darting back into the trees, the first Chicago Lake sits at treeline. The trail to the second lake, above treeline, is difficult to follow at times and is very steep. Both lakes offer excellent views of surrounding peaks. For a longer hike you can continue hiking south to Summit Lake and on up to the summit of Mount Evans. See Mt Evans Trail – West Ridge via Mt. Spalding for more information.

Permit Info: * A mandatory free self-issuing permit is required for the Mount Evans Wilderness. * Free permits are available at each trailhead or entry point into the wilderness.
Open Season: January
Usage: Light
Restrictions: Mount Evans Wilderness * Dogs must be on a hand held leash * No motorized or mechanized equipment * Camps, campfires and stock, where allowed, at least 100 feet from water and trails * Group size limited to 15 people and/or 10 pack/stock animals per party * Certified weed-free hay is required for stock
Closest Towns: Idaho Springs, CO
Water: Lakes and streams; treat water for drinking.
Restroom: Vault Toilet at Resthouse Meadows TH
Operated By: U.S. Forest Service

Directions: I-70 westbound, Idaho Springs exit #240 – Hwy 103. Go south for approx. 12 mile to the junction of Hwy 103 and 5, the trail starts behind the Echo Lake Lodge. * There are several social trails in the area, simply choose the one that heads southwest. * This trail can also be easily accessed by the Denver Mountain Parks picnic area and scenic path around Echo Lake.

Day Hiking and Backpacking

Leaving Echo Lake, the trail goes downhill for the first mile. Here Chicago Creek is dammed to form the Idaho Springs Reservoir. This will be the easy part of the hike for the trail then climbs upward the remaining three miles. You will pass through an old burn area where in 1978, 400 acres burned in the Reservoir Fire. Abundant wildflowers stand out against the burned trees. Darting back into the trees, the first Chicago Lake sits at treeline. The trail to the second lake, above treeline, is difficult to follow at times and is very steep. Both lakes offer excellent views of surrounding peaks. For a longer hike you can continue hiking south to Summit Lake and on up to the summit of Mount Evans. See Mt Evans Trail – West Ridge via Mt. Spalding for more information.

Fire Information Unless seasonal restrictions are in effect, campfires must be attended at all times and cold to the touch with the bare hand before being abandoned. Collection of dead and down wood is allowed; do not break branches from standing trees for firewood.
Difficulty Level: More Difficult
Area/Length :
3.5 miles to Chicago Lakes (one way) 7 miles to Mount Evans (one way)

Stats

  • Trail Measurement: 3.5 and 7 Miles One Way
  • Compass Latitude: 393746N
  • Compass Longitude: 1053744W
  • Numeric Latitude: 39.6294321
  • Numeric Longitude: -105.6288911
  • Elevation in Meters: 3,231 to 4,348
  • Elevation in Feet: 10,600 to 14,264

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Fish Creek Falls Trail #1102

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Fish Creek Falls TH: Trail #1102

Fish Creek Falls Trailhead #1102 is located in the Steamboat Springs Area and managed by the Hahns Peak/Bears Ears Ranger District. Enjoy a great view of the waterfalls from an wheelchair accessible overlook trail or a dirt trail can take you down to the base of the falls, and a historical bridge, which crosses Fish Creek and continues the trail 5 miles to Long Lake and connects to the 1101,1032. Vault toilet are provided. Area open year round, providing snow shoeing and ice climbing in the winter months.

Operational Hours: 6AM-10PM
Fees $5/Vehicle Day Use Fee
Usage: Heavy
Closest Towns: Steamboat Springs, CO
Water: Yes
Restroom: Vault Toilet (1)

Directions: Directions from Steamboat Springs: North on third street, then right on Fish Creek Falls road 4 miles to the Trailhead.

Stats

  • Trail Measurement: 6 Miles
  • Compass Latitude: 40°28'54.0"N
  • Compass Longitude: 106°46'36.7"W
  • Numeric Latitude: 40.481657
  • Numeric Longitude: -106.776862
  • Elevation in Meters: 2286
  • Elevation in Feet: 7500

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Peaks Trail

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Peaks Trail #45

This is a one way trail that starts from either the town of Frisco or Breckenridge. The trail climbs in and out of numerous drainages for its’ entire length staying mostly in the lodgepole pine forest along with some aspen, spruce and fir forests. Most of the lodgepole pine trees are of the same age and provide ground cover and/or forage for wildlife in the area. You will cross some small clearings which were harvested in 1988. These trees were cut to increase the wildlife habitat and to improve the health of the forest by creating age and species diversity, thereby reducing the fire danger. Since the grade from Breckenridge toward Frisco is generally downhill, many people travel this direction and ride the free Summit Stage Bus back to Breckenridge.

At a Glance

Usage: Heavy
Restrictions: Closed to motor vehicles.  Open to Hike, Horse and Mountain Bike
Closest Towns: Trailhead access in Breckenridge, COTrailhead access in Frisco, CO
Information Center: Dillon Ranger District; 680 Blue River Parkway, Silverthorne, CO

General Information

Directions:

Access #1 (Breckenridge): From I-70 take Exit 203, Frisco / Breckenridge, and travel south on HWY 9 to Breckenridge for 10 miles. Turn right on Ski Hill Road at the traffic light in the middle of Breckenridge. Go to the top of Ski Hill Road, towards the Breckenridge Ski Area Peak 8. Just past the Peak 8 base area turn right and go past Grand Timber Lodge. The trailhead will be on your left.

Access #2 (Frisco): From I-70 take Exit 201, Frisco Main Street, turn east toward Frisco. Travel approximately 0.6 miles to 2nd Avenue and turn right. Follow 2nd Avenue to the end of the street and park in the spaces provided. Cross over the paved bike path to the trailhead.

Stats

  • Trail Measurement: 7.8 Miles
  • Compass Latitude: 372225N
  • Compass Longitude: 1050423W
  • Numeric Latitude: 37.3736245
  • Numeric Longitude: -105.0730578
  • Elevation in Meters: 2774
  • Elevation in Feet: 9100

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Wheeler Ten Mile

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The Wheeler Ten Mile is a trail located in Colorado located between Frisco and Copper Mountain.

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  • Trail Measurement: 12.1 Miles
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Clear Creek Trail

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Colorado #1776 (Clear Creek Trail)

This segment of the Colorado Trail (1776) begins at Clear Creek on Chaffee County Road 390 and, after gaining 4,520 feet, ends at North Cottonwood Creek 18.5 miles to the south. A re-route completed in 2007 moved the trail off private property making access easier. The trail climbs out of Clear Creek and enters the Collegiate Peaks Wilderness. Follow all posted Wilderness guidelines when entering the area. The trail then continues into Pine Creek and then Frenchman’s Creek before dropping into North Cottonwood. This segment spends a good portion above 11,000 feet and brings you close to three Fourteeners (Mounts Oxford, Harvard, and Columbia).

Usage: Medium
Best Season: Year-round
Busiest Season: Summer and Fall
Restrictions: Wilderness regulations apply within Collegiate Peaks Wilderness. Be aware of special regulations concerning group size, pets and permits. No mechanical or motorized vehicles are allowed in Wilderness. In keeping with the character of Wilderness, signage is minimal.
Closest Towns: Leadville, CO
Water: None
Restroom: None
Information Center: Leadville Ranger District

General Notes:

The Colorado Trail is a backcountry multi-use trail connecting Denver and Durango, CO. It is over 483 miles of contiguous trail. The exact mileage for the trail is ever changing as trail segments are changed and re-routed. The project that was to be the Colorado Trail began in 1973 with a grant from the Gates Foundation and was completed in 1987. The trail sees considerable usage from day hikers, mountain bikers (although not in sections in Wilderness), horseback riders, and die-hard thru-hikers.
The trail is made up of 28 segments, varying in length from 10 miles (segment 2) to over 32 miles (Segment 6). Each segment is unique in its features and terrain. Some segments don’t allow dogs and others can’t be used by mountain bikes in Wilderness Areas (although these often have bypasses). The trail is marked throughout by small trail markers on trees and signposts. Signage for the Colorado Trail can be found along highways, at trailheads, and trail intersections.

The Colorado Trail was built and is currently maintained by the non-profit Colorado Trail Foundation and the United States Forest Service. The Colorado Trail and the Continental Divide Trail follow the same path for approximately 200 miles.

Safety Information

Keep in mind the high altitude can effect even the healthiest people. Be aware of symptoms of acute mountain sickness, particularly in children, who are more susceptible than adults.

Weather in the high country is unpredictable and chages rapidly, so bring rain gear and warm clothing with you, as well as plenty of food and water.

Clear Creek Trail #516

The Clear Creek trail is 12.5 miles long. This is a loop trail that begins and ends on Forest Road #402.

Open Season: May
Usage: Light
Restrictions: Open to motorcycles, mountain bikes, hiking, and horseback riding.
Closest Towns: Montrose, CO
Operated By: Forest Service

Stats

  • Trail Measurement: 6.5 Miles and 12.5 Miles
  • Compass Latitude: 39°01'15.2"N
  • Compass Longitude: 106°16'58.5"W
  • Numeric Latitude: 39.02088393
  • Numeric Longitude: -106.2829159
  • Elevation in Meters: 3,353
  • Elevation in Feet: 11,000

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