Elk Creek Trail #407

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Elk Creek Trail #407

Forest Trail #407 (Elk Creek Trail) is 3.8 miles long. It connects to Forest Trail #406 (Woods Lake) and provides access into the Lizard Head Wilderness. Elk Creek Trail offers spectacular views of neighboring peaks as it skirts scree fields at the head of Elk Creek Basin. It also offers a loop trail opportunity with the Forest Trail #406 and Forest Trail #421 (Wilson Mesa).

Open Season: July
Usage: Light
Restrictions: Open to hiking and horseback riding.
Closest Towns: Telluride, CO
Operated By: Forest Service

Directions: To access Forest Trail #407 (Elk Creek Trail) from Telluride, CO drive 6 miles west on State Highway 145 then turn left (south) onto County Road 60M (signed as the Silver Pick Road). Proceed south for approximately 3 miles where the road forks. Stay right, turning onto Forest Road #622 (Silver Pick Road). Continue south for approximately 1.75 miles, to the junction with Forest Road #645 (Elk Creek Road). Travel down Forest Road #645 to the trailhead of Forest Trail #421 (Wilson Mesa Trail) . Continue on Forest Road #645 about 0.4 miles to the trailhead of Forest Trail #407.

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  • Trail Measurement: 3.8 Miles
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  • Elevation in Meters: 3,163 to 3,499
  • Elevation in Feet: 10,380 to 11,480

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Elk Creek Trail (503)

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Elk Creek Trail (503)

One of the biggest drawing points of this trail is the unique opportunity to combine a Wilderness trip with a ride on a steam locomotive. This same attraction can also affect other aspects of your wilderness experience, by decreasing overall solitude with increased visitation. Elk Creek drains the northern portion of the Grenadier Range, which includes Arrow, Vestal, and the Trinity Peaks; a mecca for mountaineers.

These features, along with access to the Continental Divide Trail, make Elk Creek one of the most heavily used trails in the Weminuche Wilderness. Remember to filter water and practice low-impact camping and follow all Wilderness restrictions. This trail is considered most difficult.

Open Season: Summer – Fall
Usage: Medium-Heavy
Busiest Season: Summer
Restrictions: Wilderness restrictions apply within Weminuche Wilderness.
Information Center: Columbine Ranger District

Directions:

Durango & Silverton Railroad:
Visitors may utilize Durango & Silverton Railroad to access the San Juan National Forest and Weminuche Wilderness.

Access via Molas Trail:
From Durango, CO travel north for 42 miles on US Highway 550, off the top of Molas Pass toward Silverton. Turn east (right) at Molas Lake. Hike 5 miles down Molas Trail to Elk Park.

USFS Topo Map: Storm King Peak

Stats

  • Trail Measurement: 8.9 Miles
  • Compass Latitude: 37°43'17.0"N
  • Compass Longitude: 107°39'15.2"W
  • Numeric Latitude: 37.7213867
  • Numeric Longitude: -107.6542281
  • Elevation in Meters: 3901 to 2529
  • Elevation in Feet: 12800 to 8300

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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

Directions:

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

Stats

  • Trail Measurement: 7.1 Miles
  • Compass Latitude: 37°32'42.1"N
  • Compass Longitude: 106°30'13.8"W
  • Numeric Latitude: 37.54502468
  • Numeric Longitude: -106.5038279
  • Elevation in Meters: 2895 to 3352
  • Elevation in Feet: 9500 to 11000

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Alder Creek Trail #577

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Alder Creek Trail #577

Alder Creek Trail (#577) is 3.1 miles long. It begins at Forest Road #538.2A and ends at Forest Road #882. Portions of  this trail ( #577) are open for the following uses: hiking, mountain biking, horseback riding, motorcycle trail riding, and ATV trail riding

Closest Towns: Ohio City, CO
Operated By: Forest Service

 

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  • Trail Measurement: 3.1 Miles
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  • Elevation in Meters: 2693
  • Elevation in Feet: 8,838

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Dry Creek Trail #114

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Dry Creek Trail #114

The Dry Creek trail is 5.2 miles long. It begins at Forest Service road 560.0 and ends at Forest Service road 524.0. The trail is open for the following uses: Hiking, Mountain Biking, Horseback Riding, Motorcycle Trail Riding, ATV Trail Riding, Off Highway Vehicles (OHV) less than or equal to 50 inches wide.

Open Season: June
Restrictions: Off-Highway Vehicles wider than 50 inches are not allowed
Closest Towns: Montrose, CO

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  • Trail Measurement: 5.2 Miles
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Ryman Creek Trail

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Ryman Creek Trail (735)

These trails, Ryman Creek and Lower Ryman Creek, both begin at the Ryman Creek Trailhead. After approximately 1.5 miles they split. The Lower Ryman Creek Trail stays in the creek bottom for approximately 2 miles then climbs out of the canyon and joins the main Ryman Trail. The main Ryman Trail splits off from the Lower Ryman and climbs out of the canyon. These trails join on top and continue until they meet up with Forest Road 564. This trail is used by hikers, horses and experienced motorcyclist. Many parts of these trails are very steep and rocky, especially where it climbs up steep pitches to the ridgeline.

Ryman Creek & Lower Ryman Trails #735/734

Length: 5.2 Upper & 3.1 miles for the Lower Trail
Hiking level: Moderate to Difficult
Starting Elevation: 8,600 ft
Facilities: None
Ending Elevation: 10,800 ft
Amount of use: Moderate
Use Restrictions: ATVs are prohibited on Single track trails.
USGS Map(s): Rico and Orphan Butte (7.5’) Quads.

Directions to trailhead:

The turn off for the trailhead is immediately north of the Dolores/Montezuma county line on Highway 145, approximately 3 miles south of Rico. Turn southeast on a two track road. The road goes a short distance uphill, through a small gate and into a flat meadow. Look for the trailhead sign about mid-way in the park area.

Trail Description:

These trails, Ryman Creek and Lower Ryman Creek, both begin at the Ryman Creek Trailhead. After approximately 1.5 miles they split. The Lower Ryman Creek Trail stays in the creek bottom for approximately 2 miles then climbs out of the canyon and joins the main Ryman Trail. The main Ryman Trail splits off from the Lower Ryman and climbs out of the canyon. These trails join on top and continue until they meet up with Forest Road 564. This trail is used by hikers, horses and experienced motorcyclist. Many parts of these trails are very steep and rocky, especially where it climbs up steep pitches to the ridgeline.

Stats

  • Trail Measurement: 5.2 Miles
  • Compass Latitude: 373653N
  • Compass Longitude: 1080135W
  • Numeric Latitude: 37.6147181
  • Numeric Longitude: -108.0264617
  • Elevation in Meters: 2,621 to 3,292
  • Elevation in Feet: 8,600 to 10,800

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Silver Creek Trail #1106

Silver Creek Trail #1106

Trail #1106.  This trail enters the Sarvis Creek Wilderness . Please know regulations and practice “Leave No Trace.”  The trail provides excellent primitive hiking opportunities.

Silver Creek Trail is managed by the Yampa Ranger District and is located in the Gore Range.

The trail begins its ascent on private land.  Please respect the property owners’ rights.  At mile .10  the trail enters the National Forest.  Please keep the gate closed.

The first 0.8 miles is a steady climb among rock outcrops, scattered oak brush and Ponderosa pine. At the top of the ridge, at an elevation of 8,680 feet, is an excellent view of Morrison Creek.

The trail levels out and vegetation begins to change to Lodgepole pine/Douglas fir forest.  The river is some 700 feet below.  At mile 2.2 you can view rapids and sheer rock cliffs.

The trail continues with little elevation change until it crosses Silver Creek at mile 3.6.  From there it follows the stream up to the headwaters at Buffalo Park.

The trail continues on an old logging road to the eastern trailhead.

Fees Free
Usage: Light
Closest Towns: Yampa, CO
Water: No
Restroom: No
Operated By: USFS

Directions:

#1: West Portal – Follow State Highway 131 north, 8 miles from Yampa to County Road 14. Follow 14 east, 3.2 miles to County Road 16 at Stagecoach Reservoir. Follow 16, 7 miles south to trailhead.

#2: East Portal – Follow State Highway 131 south, 9.3 miles from Yampa to State Highway 134. Follow 134 east, 11.0 miles to Forest Road 250. Follow 250, 9.0 miles north to Forest Road 100. Follow 100 4.0 miles north to trailhead.
Parking:

Parking is limited.

Stats

  • Trail Measurement: 10.7 Miles
  • Compass Latitude: 40°11'50.6"N
  • Compass Longitude: 106°36'23.8"W
  • Numeric Latitude: 40.19739415
  • Numeric Longitude: -106.6066155
  • Elevation in Meters: 2,426 to 3,004
  • Elevation in Feet: 7,960 to 9,855

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Sheep Creek Trail

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Sheep Creek Trail #770

The Sheep Creek Trail is 3.7 miles long. It begins at Forest Road 999 and ends at Forest Boundary CDNST.

The trail is open for the following uses: Hiking, Horseback Riding, Hunting, and Viewing Wildlife

Stats

  • Trail Measurement: 3.7 Miles
  • Compass Latitude: 38°15'06.5"N
  • Compass Longitude: 106°30'10.1"W
  • Numeric Latitude: 38.25179943
  • Numeric Longitude: -106.5027952
  • Elevation in Meters: 2,926 to 3,292
  • Elevation in Feet: 9,600 to 10,800

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McIntyre Creek Trail (#996)

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The McIntyre Creek Trail is accessed via the McIntyre Trail (#966) which enters the Rawah Wilderness and begins with a mile-long traverse to McIntyre Creek before beginning a 4-mile ascent to an area known as Housmer Park. The McIntyre Creek Trail travels south from Housmer Park and ascends steeply to join the Medicine Bow Trail after passing through a seldom-hiked, boggy area near beaver dams and ponds. Horseback riders and outfitters frequently use the McIntyre Creek Trail especially during hunting season.

Usage: Light
Restrictions: General Wilderness Regulations: Dogs must be on a hand held leash. No motorized or mechanized equipment. Camps, campfires, and stock, where allowed, at least 200 feet from water and trails. Group size limited to 12 people or stock animals. Certified weed-free hay is required. Alpine Closure: Fires are prohibited above 10,800’ (tree line).
Closest Towns: Red Feather Lakes, Rustic, Laramie, WY
Water: Water can be filtered and treated from nearby water sources.
Restroom: Practice Leave No Trace principles.

Directions: Note: access to this trail, is via the McIntyre Trail (#966). Travel 11 miles northwest of Fort Collins on U.S. Highway 287 to Colorado Highway 14. Turn left on CO 14, and travel 52 miles to County Road 103, Laramie River Road. Turn right and travel north about 16 miles to County Road 80C, Glendevey Road. Turn left and travel about 3 miles to the Link and McIntyre trailhead parking on the left just past the Browns Park Campground.

Day Hiking

Fire Information:  Check for any seasonal fire restrictions before your hike. This trail is within the Rawah Wilderness Area, where campfires must be at least 200 feet from water and trails. You may collect dead and down wood; do not break branches from standing trees for firewood. Please attend to campfires at all times. Touch any remaining coals with the bare hand to insure campfire is cold and dead out. Remember, if it is too hot to touch, it is too hot to leave!
Difficulty Level: Most Difficult

Backpacking

Fire Information:  Check for any seasonal fire restrictions before your hike. This trail is within the Rawah Wilderness Area, where campfires must be at least 200 feet from water and trails. You may collect dead and down wood; do not break branches from standing trees for firewood. Please attend to campfires at all times. Touch any remaining coals with the bare hand to insure campfire is cold and dead out. Remember, if it is too hot to touch, it is too hot to leave!
Difficulty Level: Most Difficult

Horse Riding

Loading Ramp no
Size Restrictions  no
Hitching Rails no
Corrals no
Difficulty Level: Most Difficult

Stats

  • Trail Measurement: 3.9 Miles
  • Compass Latitude: N40°46.435'
  • Compass Longitude: W105°59.811’
  • Numeric Latitude: 40.773914
  • Numeric Longitude: -105.996849
  • Elevation in Meters: 2896 to 3341
  • Elevation in Feet: 9500 to 10960

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Middle Mountain Trail (654)

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Middle Mountain Trail (654)

The Middle Mountain trail is 5.5 miles long. It begins at Forest Trail 600 – Devil Mtn. Trail and ends at Snow Angel Ranch – Priv. The trail is open for the following uses: Hiking, Horseback Riding, Off Highway Vehicles (OHV) less than or equal to 50 inches wide.

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  • Trail Measurement: 5.5 Miles
  • Compass Latitude: 37°19'00.1"N
  • Compass Longitude: 107°13'42.2"W
  • Numeric Latitude: 37.316690
  • Numeric Longitude: -107.228388
  • Elevation in Meters: 2886
  • Elevation in Feet: 9469

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