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Quick Facts

Swampy Pass Trail

Beginning Elevation: 8,980 Feet (2799.3 Meters) Ohio Creek Road
Difficulty: Easy to Moderate
Elevation Gain: 1,200 Feet (374.1 Meters)
Ending Elevation: 10,180 Feet (3173.3 Meters)
Length: 5.5 Miles (9.17 Kilometers) to junction with Lowline Trail
Other Maps: Trails Illustrated 133 Kebler Pass, Paonia Reservoir--note: Trail 439 is named Pass Creek Trail on this map.
Recommended Season: Summer
Trail Number: 439
Usage: Heavy
USGS Maps: Mt. Axtell, Anthracite Range
Vehicle Accessibility: Passenger Vehicle

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General Description

The Swampy Pass Trail, 439, leads west from Ohio Creek Road into the West Elk Wilderness. The eastern terminus of the trail begins at Pass Creek Trailhead approximately 18 miles north of Highway 135 at 8,980 feet. The trail lies immediately south of the West Elk Wilderness boundary, therefore it is not open to motorized vehicles, although you may see some mountain bikers on the tread.

Upon leaving the trailhead the path begins to ascend steadily. Three miles from the trailhead the trail passes a small unnamed lake that lies at 9,670 feet. The trail continues to ascend two more miles to Swampy Pass, elevation 10,409 feet. Less than a mile passed the pass, trail 439 ends at Lowline Trail, 438. Total mileage for Swampy Pass Trail is five and a half miles.

Directions from Lost Lake Campground: Hike over Beckwith pass to Lowline Trail, 438, to the junction with Swampy Pass Trail.

Directions from Ohio Creek Road: Travel north on Ohio Creek Road from Gunnison, approximately 18 miles. The trailhead is located one half mile north of the National Forest boundary on the western side of the road.

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Recreation Opportunities
Activity Remarks On Site
ICON Backpacking Swampy Pass Trail
ICON Cross-country Skiing Swampy Pass Trail
ICON Hiking & Walking Swampy Pass Trail
ICON Horseback Riding Swampy Pass Trail
ICON Animal Identification Swampy Pass Trail
ICON Bird Identification Swampy Pass Trail
ICON Mushroom Identification Swampy Pass Trail
ICON Plant Identification Swampy Pass Trail
ICON Wildflower Identification Swampy Pass Trail
ICON Backcountry Skiing West Elk Wilderness
ICON Viewing Scenery Swampy Pass Trail
ICON Viewing Wildlife Swampy Pass 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 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.

More Information

Visitor Information:

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


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