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

Quick Facts

Summerville Trail

Beginning Elevation: 8,800 Feet (2743.1 Meters) Summerville Trailhead
Difficulty: Moderate
Elevation Gain: 3,070 Feet (957.0 Meters)
Ending Elevation: 11,870 Feet (3700.1 Meters) junction with Fossil Ridge Trail
High Point: 11,870 Feet (3700.1 Meters) junction with Fossil Ridge Trail
Length: 12 Miles (20.0 Kilometers) to the junction with Fossil Trail #431
Other Maps: Trails Illustrated 131, 132
Recommended Season: Summer to Fall
Trail Number: 430
Usage: Moderate
USGS Maps: Matchless Mtn., Crystal Creek
Vehicle Accessibility: Passenger Vehicle

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General Description

The northern terminus of the Summerville Trail, 430, lies on Taylor River Road south of Lodgepole Campground at the Summerville Trailhead. The elevation of the trailhead is approximately 8,800 feet and the trail ascends gradually following Summerville Creek southward into the Fossil Ridge Wilderness. During the first one and a half miles of hiking the trail fords the stream six times. These are narrow stream crossings and most have log bridges.

Soon after the frequent stream crossings the trail leaves Summerville Creek ascending on a few switchbacks. There are two more sets of switchbacks during the next three miles of tread. Then the trail crosses a stream and continues ascending. Two miles from this stream crossing the trail passes the first of two unnamed lakes at approximately 11,320 feet. The next lake lies at 11,360 feet about one and a quarter miles south of the first lake.

Immediately before and after the second lake the trail hits a high point of 11,400 feet. It begins to descend into the Crystal Creek drainage after passing the second lake. One and a half miles after the lake the trail crosses Crystal Creek. It then ascends out of the drainage and crosses another small stream. The trail continues to ascend another mile to the junction with Fossil Ridge Trail, 430.

Directions from Almont: Travel ten miles northeast on Taylor River Road to the Summerville Trailhead.

Directions from Fossil Ridge Trail: Hike east or west on Fossil Ridge Trail to reach Summerville Trail.

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Recreation Opportunities
Activity Remarks On Site
ICON Backpacking Summerville Trail
ICON Cold Water Fishing Summerville Creek
ICON Hiking & Walking Summerville Trail
ICON Horseback Riding Summerville Trail
ICON Animal Identification Summerville Trail
ICON Bird Identification Summerville Trail
ICON Mushroom Identification Summerville Trail
ICON Plant Identification Summerville Trail
ICON Wildflower Identification Summerville Trail
ICON Backcountry Skiing Fossil Ridge Wilderness
ICON Viewing Scenery Summerville Trail
ICON Viewing Wildlife Summerville Trail

Related Activities
Summerville Trailhead - Summerville Trailhead is accessible from Taylor Canyon on the Taylor River Road. It accesses the western portion of the Fossil Ridge Wilderness and Summerville Trail.

Taylor River Road - The Taylor River Road is a paved, narrow, winding road, that follows the Taylor River through Taylor Canyon. Traffic is usually very heavy in the summer months.

More Information

Visitor Information:

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


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