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Hiking & Walking: Colorado > Grand Mesa, Uncompahgre and Gunnison National Forests > Taylor River Ranger District

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Pass Creek Trailhead

Elevation: 8,983 Feet (2800.2 Meters)

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General Description

Pass Creek Trailhead lies at an elevation of 8,983 feet approximately 18.5 miles north of Highway 135 on Ohio Creek Road. Swampy Pass Trail, 439, leads westward from the trailhead into the West Elk Wilderness. (On Trails Illustrated Map 133 the trail is shown as Pass Creek Trail, 439.) This trailhead provides access to the Anthracite Range, Swampy Pass and Lowline Trail.

Directions from Gunnison: Travel north on Highway 135 to Ohio Creek Road. Turn left on to Ohio Creek Road and travel approximately 18 miles. The trailhead is located on the western side of the road three and a half miles before reaching the summit of Ohio Pass.

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Recreation Opportunities
Activity Remarks On Site
ICON Trailhead Parking Pass Creek Trailhead
ICON Backpacking West Elk Wilderness
ICON Dispersed Camping Pass Creek Trailhead
ICON Cold Water Fishing Pass Creek
ICON Hiking & Walking Swampy Pass Trail, Lowline Trail
ICON Horseback Riding Swampy Pass Trail, Lowline Trail
ICON Stock Packing Swampy Pass Trail, Lowline Trail

Related Activities
Lowline Trail - This trail is a good access for the entire east side of the West Elk Wilderness and is an excellent trail for extended pack trips.

Ohio Creek (winter) Trailhead - Ohio Creek Road is not fully maintained during the winter months. A trailhead is created 14 miles north of the Highway 135 junction where winter plowing ends.

Ohio Creek Road - Ohio Creek Road leads 23.5 miles north from Gunnison to Kebler Pass. Its a great place to see the Colorado wildflowers in bloom during the summer and the golden hue of aspen trees in autumn.

Swampy Pass Trail - Swampy Pass Trail is a good access to the West Elk Wilderness from the Ohio Creek Road. The trail is very scenic.

More Information

Visitor Information:

Gunnison National Forest, 216 North Colorado , Gunnison, CO, 81230, Phone: 970-641-0471


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