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Coal Mesa Trailhead

Elevation: 7,740 Feet (2412.7 Meters)




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General Description

Coal Mesa Trailhead provides access to the southeastern West Elk Wilderness and several trails. Coal Mesa Trail is the most popular trail accessible from this trailhead. It winds 15 miles northeast to intersect with Rainbow Lake and Sun Park Trails. Soap Creek Campground is located next to the trailhead.

Directions from Gunnison: Drive 26 miles west on Highway 50 from Gunnison. Turn on to State Road 92 and drive .5 miles to Forest Road 721. Turn right on to 721 and drive 7.25 miles to Forest Road 824. Turn right on to 824 and travel .5 miles to Soap Creek Campground.



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Recreation Opportunities
Activity Remarks On Site
ICON Trailhead Parking Coal Mesa Trailhead
Yes
ICON Backpacking West Elk Wilderness
Yes
ICON Camping Soap Creek Campground
Yes
ICON Cold Water Fishing Cow Creek
Yes
ICON Four-Wheel Driving Soap Creek Road
No
ICON Hiking & Walking Coal Mesa Trail
Yes
ICON Horseback Riding Coal Mesa Trail
Yes
ICON Stock Packing West Elk Wilderness
Yes
ICON Hunting West Elk Wilderness
No
ICON Lakes & Reservoirs Blue Mesa Reservoir
No



Related Activities
Coal Mesa Trail - The trail climbs from Soap Creek to West Elk Creek. It follows a ridge for a distance with excellent views.

Soap Creek Campground - Soap Creek Campground caters to equestrians using the West Elk Wilderness Area.

Soap Creek Road # 721 - Soap Creek Road leads north from Highway 92 and Curecanti National Recreation Area. It provides access to Soap Creek and the West Elk Wilderness.



More Information

Visitor Information:

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

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