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Quick Facts

Sawtooth Trail

Beginning Elevation: 10,960 Feet (3416.5 Meters) at junction with Sand Creek Trail
Difficulty: Moderate
Elevation Gain: 80 Feet (24.9 Meters)
Ending Elevation: 11,040 Feet (3441.4 Meters)
Length, One-way: 2.4 Miles (4.0 Kilometers) from jct. with trail #1123
Other Maps: Routt National Forest Map
TI Topo Maps: #122, Flat Tops NE, Trappers Lake
Trail Number: 1165
Usage: Moderate
USGS Maps: Orno Peak

Satellite and Topo Map

General Description

The Sawtooth Trail is located southwest of Yampa in the Flat Tops. It can be accessed only on foot or horseback, by the Sand Creek Trail #1123. It departs to the west of the Sand Creek Trail in a saddle, 3.3 miles north of the Coal Creek trailhead. The trail climbs into the Flat Tops Wilderness, to the tributaries that make up the headwaters of Trout Creek. It leads to some good fishing in these headwater streams.


As humans, we must minimize our impacts to help preserve this resource for present and future generations.

Directions from Yampa: Follow County Road 7 southwest of Yampa to Forest Road 900, continuing on to Yamcolo Reservoir. Just after crossing the dam, go right on Forest Road 906 and follow to the trailhead on Coal Creek. Hike up the Sand Creek Trail #1123 3.3 miles to the junction with the Sawtooth Trail.

Seasonal Information:
Normally Accessible: Summer through Fall (NOTE: Seasons may vary depending on snow depth and weather.) .

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Recreation Opportunities
Activity Remarks On Site
ICON Backpacking Sawtooth Trail
ICON Fishing Trout Creek headwaters
ICON Hiking & Walking Sawtooth Trail
ICON Horseback Riding Sawtooth Trail

Related Activities
Bear Lake Campground - Bear Lake Campground is located 14 miles southwest of Yampa in the Bear River area, at an elevation of 9,600 feet. It has 29 campsites

Bear River Designated Dispersed Campground - The Bear River Designated Dispersed Campground consists of 32 sites spread out along 10 miles of the Bear River Valley southwest of Yampa.

Sand Creek Trail - The Sand Creek Trail leads from the Bear River Valley, near Yamcolo Reservoir, to Sheriff Reservoir, south of Dunckley Pass.

More Information

Visitor Information:

Yampa Ranger District, 300 Roselawn Ave., P.O. Box 7 , Yampa, CO, 80483, Phone: 970-638-4516, Fax: 970-638-4635


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