Burro Trail # 873

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Burro Trail # 873

The Burro Trail is 7.1 miles long. It begins at County Road 14 and ends at Forest Road 329.

The trail drops off the main road down to the mouth of Burro Creek, then it follows the creek to its headwaters near Bennett Peak. This trail starts by descending many switchbacks to Burro Creek. The trail travels along mature stands of aspen and conifer. You will cross Burro Creek many times and see many Beaver ponds along the trail. Towards the end of the trail you will pass an old cabin, this cabin was once a Ranger Station. It is now a Guard Station, named in honor of Forest Ranger Fitton. The trail ends at FDR#329.

The trail is open for the following uses: Off Highway Vehicles (OHV) less than or equal to 50 inches wide, Motorcycles, Mountain Bikes, Foot and Horse Travel.

Operational Hours: this trail is open year around but is usually snowed in from December until May.  Not recommended as a winter trail.
Area Amenities: Parking
Fees No Fee
Open Season: May
Usage: Light
Best Season: June to September
Busiest Season: July and October (hunt season)
Restrictions: No JEEPS, NO ATV’s over 50 inches
Closest Towns: Del Norte, CO
Water: No
Restroom: No
Operated By: Forest Service

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DIRECTIONS FROM DEL, NORTE, COLORADO: at the west edge of Del Norte, take County Road 14 (Pinos Creek Road) FDR#330) about 11 ½ miles, turn West to the Burro Creek Trailhead. FDT#873 (Burro Creek Trail) is 7 miles long and ends at FDR#329. You can ride back down FDT#873 or go down FDR#329 to FDR#330 and you will arrive back at the Trailhead of Burro Creek.

Mountain Biking

Difficulty Level: Intermediate to Difficult

River and Stream Fishing

Day Hiking and Backpacking

Difficulty Level: Intermediate to Difficult

Horse Riding

Difficulty Level: Intermediate to Difficult

OHV Trail Riding

ATVs less than 50″ and motorcycles

Difficulty Level: Intermediate to Difficult

Big Game Hunting

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Big Creek Lake Trail

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The Big Creek Lake Trail is a trail located in Colorado.

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Crag Crest Trail

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Crag Crest National Recreation Trail

The Crag Crest Trail in the Grand Mesa National Forest, Colorado, was designated as a National Recreation Trail by John McGuire of the US Forest Service on March 14, 1978.

Trail Information

The Crag Crest National Recreation Trail is a 10.3 mile circular trail (map) consisting of a crest portion and a loop portion. It is recommended that you get an early start to avoid afternoon thunderstorms.
It is accessed from two trailheads. One on the west end across from Island lake and one of the east adjacent to Eggleston Lake.
The crest portion (6.5 miles) rises steeply from the East Trailhead to the top of Crag Crest. From the West Trailhead, the crest portion rises more gradually to the top of Crag Crest. Sections of the Craig Crest are on a narrow ridge with steep drop offs on both sides.

The loop portion (3.4 miles) provides an alternative return route.

Only foot travel is allowed on the crest portion between the East Trailhead and the Cottonwood Lakes Trail junction. Rocky dropoffs and narrow trails make any other type of passage unsafe.
Foot, mountain bike and horse travel are allowed on the loop portion and on the crest portion between the West Trailhead and the Cottonwood Lakes Trail junction.
Motorized vehicles are prohibited on all portions of the Crag Crest Trail.

Trail Tips to Enjoy Your Experience

It is very important to remember that weather conditions can change rapidly. Be prepared for cool temperatures, rain showers, lightning and mid-afternoon thunderstorms. Wear a hat and apply mosquito repellant. To avoid hypothermia, long sleeve jackets and pants would be a good idea. Plan to be off the ridge by early afternoon to avoid dangerous lightning strikes.
Always monitor children, especially on those segments of Crag Crest with precipitous drop offs.
Keep pets on a leash.

Tell others where you are going, when you expect to return and allow plenty of time for the hike. You might want to consider a vehicle shuttle.
Bring plenty of drinking water and snacks. You will be hiking at a high elevation with steep drop offs.

Facilities

Commercial lodges are near the trailheads. Dining, groceries, lodging, and sporting goods are available at most of the lodges.

Trailhead parking lots are provided. The West Trailhead, near Island Lake, is accessible from Colorado Highway 65. The East Trailhead, near Eggleston Lake, is accessible from Forest Road #121.
Horse unloading ramps are available at both parking lots.

Drinking water is available at Crag Crest Campground, adjacent to the East Trailhead, but is not available along the trail or at the West Trailhead.

Restrooms are available at the Crag Crest Campground, the West Trailhead and the Visitor Center.

Natural History

The Crag Crest rises from 10,150 feet at Eggleston Lake to 11,189 feet along the crest. At the lower elevations, the trail passes through stands of Englemann spruce, subalpine fir and open meadows. Quaking aspen, with leaves which are light green in the summer and brilliant yellow in the fall, grows among the dark green conifers. Patches of low-growing Oregon grape are found in and near these forested areas.
The forests and meadows provide food and cover for big game animals such as elk and deer. They may be seen feeding in the open meadows in the early morning or late evening.
Porcupine, snowshoe rabbit, pine squirrel, chipmunk, pocket gopher, red fox and various species of mice are some of the small mammals often seen along the trail. The pika or “cony” and the yellow-belly marmot can often be detected among the rocks. Ravens, woodpeckers, flickers, finches, hawks, blue grouse, chickadees, robins, jays and hummingbirds area few of the many kinds of birds which may be observed in the Crag Crest area.

Vistas from Crag Crest

The view from Crag Crest extends in all directions. To the northwest, the Book and Roan Cliffs appear as multicolored cliffs and slopes.
The highest point on the Grand Mesa is Leon Peak, located in the east. This 11,326-foot peak was once used as a fire lookout. In the distance, east and south from the trail, are the West Elk Wilderness, Uncompahgre Wilderness, Lizard Head Wilderness and the Raggeds Wilderness.

The view to the east and south includes the West Elk Mountain Range, the San Juan Range, and views of five of the 14’ers.
To the west the Uncompahgre Plateau can be seen, and on the western horizon, the La Sal Mountains in western Colorado and eastern Utah is visible on a clear day.

Crag Crest Trail #711

The Crag Crest Trail #711 is a designated National Recreation Trail and is restricted to foot travel except for the first 1.5 miles of trail from the West Trailhead. This section, which connects the West Trailhead with the Cottonwood Trailhead, is also open to horses. This trail has become popular because it offers many scenic vistas and a unique display of geologic history. It connects Island Lake with Eggleston Lake, however, this may be extended to a circular hike by returning to the original trailhead on the Crag Crest Lower Loop Trail #711.1A. The trail rises steeply to the crest from the East Trailhead, and more gradually from the West Trailhead. Some sections along the top portion of the crest are narrow with drop-offs on both sides. Due to the high elevation of this trail, travel is often hampered by snow drifts until early July.

Open Season: July – October
Usage: Heavy
Best Season: Summer
Busiest Season: Summer
Restrictions: Open to Hiking & Horseback for the first 1.5 miles from W. TH, Hiking only after that.
Closest Towns: Cedaredge, CO and Mesa, CO

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WESTERN ACCESS:
Travel approximately 22 miles south on Highway 65 Mesa, or travel north for approximately 16 miles from Cedaredge. The Crag Crest Trail begins out of the southeast corner of the parking area.

EASTERN ACCESS:
Travel approximately 25 miles south on Highway 65 from Mesa, or approximately 15 miles north from Cedaredge to Trickel Park Road, FSR #121.  Travel east for approximately 3.6 miles on the Trickel Park Road to the Crag Crest Campground and Trailhead. A parking area does exist outside of the campground which will accommodate approximately 25 vehicles.

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WESTERN TRAILHEAD:
Off Highway 65 above Island Lake.  T.  12S.,  R.  95W.,  Sec.  3.  U.S.G.S. Map:  Grand Mesa.

EASTERN TRAILHEAD:
Crag Crest Campground off of Trickel Park Road, FSR #121.  T.  11S.,  R.  95W.,  Sec.  31.  U.S.G.S. Map:  Grand Mesa.

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Horse Travel First 1.5 Miles from the West Trailhead.

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Gore Range Trail

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Gore Range Trail is in the Gore Range, part of the Rocky Mountains in the U.S. state of Colorado. It is located in the Eagles Nest Wilderness, Summit County. Buffalo Mountain Trail is north of Interstate 70, west of Highway 9, in Silverthorne. The Gore Range Trail passes 54 miles (87 km) from Copper Mountain at Wheeler Lakes Trail to the junction of Eaglesmere Lakes Trail, from the southern to northern boundary of Eagles Nest Wilderness.

The Gore Range Trail is named in honor of Sir Gore, 1811–1878, a European nobleman who hired Jim Bridger to lead him on a hunting expedition through the Rocky Mountains during 1854 to 1857. The trail begins at Wheeler Flats, 9,723 feet (2,964 m), with its highest point at Red Buffalo Pass, 11,742 feet (3,579 m) in elevation.

Gore Range Trail #60

The Gore Range Trail runs the north-south length of the Dillon Ranger District portion of the Eagles Nest Wilderness. The trail begins at the Copper Mountain exit along Interstate 70 and finishes in the Spring Creek area north of Green Mountain Reservoir. The trail climbs over Uneva and Eccles Passes before dropping below tree-line. It then climbs in and out of numerous drainages as it travels north. The Gore Range Trail is named after Sir St. George Gore, an Irish nobleman, who led a hunting expedition across this mountain range in 1853. Jim Bridger, aka “King of the Mountain Men,” served as guide. They crossed what is now the Gore Range and hunted extensively in the Vail area.

Usage: Light
Restrictions: Open to Hike/Horse Only. Trail enters the Eagles Nest Wilderness Area.
Closest Towns: Friso, Colorado; Silverthorne, CO

Directions: Southern TrailheadFrom westbound I-70 take Exit 196, Scenic Overlook, and park in the spaces provided. From eastbound I-70 travel to Exit 198, Officers Gulch, and turn left at the stop sign. Travel underneath I-70 and take the westbound on-ramp for I-70. Travel on I-70 westbound and take Exit 196, Scenic Overlook, and park in the spaces provided. Northern TrailheadFrom I-70 take Exit 205, Silverthorne/Dillon, and travel north on HWY 9 for approximately 27 miles into Grand County. Turn left onto Spring Creek Road, Grand County Road 10. Follow Spring Creek Road (CR 10) for 6.8 miles and continue straight on FDR 23 after you cross a cattle guard where there is a BLM bulletin board. In a few miles you will pass the National Forest Boundary where there is a kiosk. At the next junction turn left onto FDR #1832. Follow this road until it ends at the Gore Range Trailhead.

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Luna Lake Trail

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TRAIL NAME: #1168 LUNA LAKE

TRAIL BEGINNING: 9120 elevation (2779 m)

TRAIL ENDING: 11,150′ elevation (3398 m) Continental Divide, junction of Wyoming Trail #1101.

LENGTH: 7.72 mi ( 12.4km)

RECOMMENDED SEASON: Summer | Fall

USE: Moderate to Heavy

DIFFICULTY: Moderate to Difficult

USGS MAP( S): Floyd Peak, Mt. Ethel Quads.

ACCESS #1: Go west of Steamboat Springs on U.S. 40 for about 2 miles to the Elk River Road (airport) turn off. Travel on this road approximately 5 miles to Mad Creek TH and park in the lot behind the buck and rail fence. Hike about 8 miles to the junction with the Luna Lake Trail #1168.

ACCESS #2 : Go north of Steamboat on the Strawberry Park Road to County Road #60 (Buffalo Pass Road) and turn right. Travel approximately 11 miles on this road to the Buffalo Pass Trailhead. Walk north on the Wyoming Trail #1101 about 7 miles to the junction of Luna Lake Trail #1168.

ATTRACTIONS AND CONSIDERATIONS: There is adequate parking at Buffalo Pass TH. Please park in the parking lots provided, help protect the vegetation. This trail has some rough and steep spots along the way. NOTE: ALWAYS BE WATCHFUL FOR STORMS (HAIL AND LIGHTNING) IN THESE HIGH AREAS. BE PREPARED FOR INCLEMENT WEATHER AT ALL TIMES.

NARRATIVE: The trail takes the hiker by many lakes. From Swamp Park (via the Mad Creek TH) one travels up and through wooded and rocky areas coming out into Logan Park, then on past Lake Margaret (a good side trip is to go down to Snowstorm Lake and Fish Hawk Lake; however the trail is unimproved). Continue on through the forest and before reaching Luna Lake, a trail takes off north to Big Creek Lake. This is also a good side trip for fisherman. As you reach Luna Lake, the trees thin out and you can see up to Mt. Ethel and the Divide. Luna is a beautiful lake with a sand beach; however, the water stays very cold. A nice loop takes you from Luna to Lake Elbert (very difficult, rocky). Stay on Trail #1168 past Elbert and up to junction with Wyoming Trail #1101. Turn left on #1101 and go north about 2 ½ miles to junction with Crags Trail #1182. Turn left on #1182, follow it 2 miles, past Lake of the Crags and back to Luna Lake.

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Ruybalid Trail

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Ruybalid Trail, Trail 855

The Ruybalid trail is 5.1 miles long. It begins at Forest Road 250 and goes to Ruybalid Lake. The trail is open for the following uses: Horseback riding, hiking, and backpacking.

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Venable-Comanche Trail

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Big Dry Creek Trail

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The Big Dry Creek Trail, a recreation trail, roughly follows the creek from Standley Lake Regional Park to Interstate 25.

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Craig Creek Trail

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Green Ridge Trail

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