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Camping: Colorado > Grand Mesa, Uncompahgre and Gunnison National Forests > Taylor River Ranger District

Quick Facts

Star Trail

Beginning Elevation: 11,830 Feet (3687.7 Meters) Italian Creek Road
Difficulty: Moderate
Elevation Gain: 1,499 Feet (467.3 Meters)
Ending Elevation: 10,331 Feet (3220.4 Meters) Rocky Brook Road
Length: 9.7 Miles (15.6 Kilometers) from Italian Creek Road to Rocky Brook Road
Other Maps: Trails Illustrated 131
Recommended Season: Summer to Fall
Trail Number: 411
Usage: Heavy
USGS Maps: Italian Creek
Vehicle Accessibility: Four-wheel Drive Vehicle

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General Description

The northern terminus of the Star Trail is accessible from Italian Creek Road, 759. The trailhead lies at approximately 11,830 feet. From this elevation the trail leads into the South Italian Creek drainage. The trail climbs and descends many times along its length. During the last two miles Star Trail makes its final descent into the Trail Creek valley. From trailhead to trailhead the length of Star Trail is approximately eight miles. Star Trail is often traveled for its excellent scenery.

Directions from Almont via Italian Creek Road: Travel 31 miles northeast of Almont on Taylor River Road, 742, to Italian Creek Road, 759. Turn left on Italian Creek Road and drive seven miles west on Italian Creek Road to Star Trailhead.

Directions from Almont: Travel six miles northeast of Almont on the Taylor River Road, 742, to Spring Creek Road, 744. Turn left on to Spring Creek Road and drive nine miles north to Rocky Brook Road, 748. Drive four miles east on Rocky Brook Road to Star Trailhead.

Current Conditions & Trip Reports

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Number of People Encountered: 0-10 ppl
Recommend to a Friend: Neutral
Report: Significant improvements have been made to this trail. It is a scenic, fun trail with one hard climb and descent on the north end. Advise for highly skilled riders.

Number of People Encountered: 0-10 ppl
Recommend to a Friend: Highly
Report: We rode the trial from cement creek. It was easy for about the first four miles. Got real muddy and hard the last four miles.

Number of People Encountered: 0-10 ppl
Recommend to a Friend: Highly
Report: Rode this trail on 7.16.00. Hadn't ridden this trail in 4 yrs. Much trail maintenance has made it an ideal skill trail.Still has bad spots,many tree roots,but really worth going out of the way to attempt ! I love this trail.

Number of People Encountered: 0-10 ppl
Recommend to a Friend: Highly
Report: Several tough switchbacks, lots of rocks and some tough climbs. Recent trail maint. is evident as several muddy sections have been built up and are easy to cross, thanks to whomever did this hard work! Good trail, but a tough trail.

Number of People Encountered: 0-10 ppl
Recommend to a Friend: Highly
Report: lots of tree roots.....hillclimb about 2 miles from american flag end very difficult when wet

Recreation Opportunities
Activity Remarks On Site
ICON Four-Wheel Driving Rocky Brook Road, Italian Creek Road
ICON Hiking & Walking Star Trail
ICON Horseback Riding Star Trail
ICON Mountain Biking Star Trail
ICON Motorcycle Riding Star Trail
ICON Viewing Scenery Star Trail

Related Activities
Cement Creek Road #740 - This road follows Cement Creek it's entire distance. It is a popular, but remote area for many types of summer and winter recreation opportunities.

Italian Creek Road #759 - This road connects Taylor River Road to Cement Creek Road and accesses fishing on Italian Creek.

Spring Creek Road #744 - This road accesses Spring Creek. It starts at the Spring Creek Reservoir.

More Information

Visitor Information:

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


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