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

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Wager Gulch - Carson Road

Beginning Elevation: 9,370 Feet (2920.8 Meters) County Road 30
Difficulty: Moderate to Difficult
Elevation Gain: 3,000 Feet (935.2 Meters)
Ending Elevation: 12,400 Feet (3865.3 Meters)
Length: 3 Miles (5.0 Kilometers) to Carson Townsite
Length: 4.5 Miles (7.5 Kilometers) to the Continental Divide
Other Maps: Trails Illustrated 130 Salida, St. Elmo, Shavano Peak
Recommended Season: Late Summer
Road Number: 568
USGS Maps: Lake San Cristobal, Finger Mesa
Vehicle Accessibility: High-clearance, 4WD Vehicle

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General Description

Wager Gulch-Carson Road leads south five miles from County Road 30 to the Continental Divide. The beginning elevation of this drive is approximately 9,370 feet. From this elevation the trail climbs 10,400 feet in the first mile. The road continues to steadily climb for the next two and a half miles remaining on the western shore of the stream that flows through Wager Gulch.

At approximately 11,600 feet the trail reaches the Carson town site. This is an excellent example of the famed Colorado ghost town. Several buildings have weathered the harsh winter conditions of the region to remind visitors of the mining activity that brought settlers into the Colorado mountains. Carson is the destination for most folks who drive this road. Although the road does continue approximately two more miles to the Continental Divide. It ends at an approximate elevation of 12,400 feet.

Directions from Lake City: Take Highway 149 south for about two miles and turn right toward Lake San Cristobal on the Cinnamon Pass Road. Follow the Cinnamon Pass Road for about eight and a half miles to the sign indicating Wager Gulch. The road to Carson begins behind a metal gate.

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Filed By: steve n (colorado springs, co)
Number of People Encountered: 0-10 ppl
Recommend to a Friend: Highly
Report: Fantastic ride to the top of the con. divide.
Conditions: still snow in places

Recreation Opportunities
Activity Remarks On Site
ICON Dispersed Camping Wager Gulch-Carson Road
ICON Four-Wheel Driving Wager Gulch - Carson Road
ICON Hiking & Walking Continental Divide Trail, Colorado Trail
ICON ATV Riding Wager Gulch-Carson Road
ICON Motorcycle Riding Wager Gulch-Carson Road
ICON Viewing Scenery Wager Gulch-Carson Road

Related Activities
Cinnamon Pass - Engineer Pass Road - This four-wheel drive loop offers moderate to difficult terrain and expansive views of the surrounding areas.

More Information

Visitor Information:

Taylor River/Cebolla Ranger Districts, 216 North Colorado , Gunnison, CO, 81230, Phone: 970-641-0471


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