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Hiking & Walking: Colorado > Medicine Bow and Routt National Forests > Yampa Ranger District

Quick Facts

Black Mountain Creek Trail

Beginning Elevation: 9,730 Feet (3033.0 Meters)
Difficulty: Moderate
Elevation Gain: 2,740 Feet (854.1 Meters)
Ending Elevation: 9,780 Feet (3048.6 Meters) at jct. with East Fork Trail
High Point: 11,125 Feet (3467.9 Meters) at wilderness boundary
Length, One-way: 5.3 Miles (8.83 Kilometers) to East Fork Trail
Other Maps: Routt National Forest Map
Trail Number: 1117
Usage: Moderate
USGS Maps: Dunkley Pass; Devils Causeway

Satellite and Topo Map

General Description

This trail begins near Sheriff Reservoir, west of Yampa. The trailhead is located just opposite the Sheriff Reservoir Dam. The first mile follows an old logging road as it winds through a large meadow. The trail has some short steep sections as it heads toward Windy Gap, looking into the Bunker Creek drainage to the west and the Trout Creek drainage to the east. Baldy Trail, #1200 heads off to the northwest from this area. At mile 2.5, the highest point on the trail at 11,125 feet, the trail enters the Flat Tops Wilderness. The trail then enters the East Fork of the Williams Fork drainage and later begins a steep decent to the East Fork Trail, #1119. The East Fork Trail can be followed either north toward Pyramid and Forest Highway 16, or south toward Stillwater Reservoir and Forest Road 900.


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

Directions from Yampa: Travel W/NW on County Rd 17 approximately 5 miles to County Road 132/FH 16. Turn left and go about 9 miles to FDR 959/960. Go south on FDR 959/960 about 3 miles to Sheriff's Reservoir . The trail begins just across from the dam.

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 Black Mountain Creek Trail
ICON Fishing area streams
ICON Hiking & Walking Black Mountain Creek Trail
ICON Horseback Riding Black Mountain Creek Trail

Related Activities
Baldy Trail - The Baldy Trail is located near Pyramid, in the Flat Tops west of Yampa. It leads from Forest Highway 16, southeast past Baldy Mountain and Pyramid Peak to intersect with trail the Black Mountain Creek Trail #1117.

Chapman Reservoir Campground - Chapman Reservoir is located in the Dunckley Pass area northwest of Yampa. It sits next to Chapman Reservoir at an elevation of 9,400 feet.

East Fork Trail - The East Fork Trail is located in the Flat Tops, west of Yampa. It leads from Stillwater Reservoir to Forest Highway 16 near Pyramid. This trail intersects several other trails along its route.

Sheriff's Reservoir Campground - Sheriff's Reservoir is a small campground in the Dunckley Pass area northwest of Yampa. It sits adjacent to Sheriff's Reservoir at an elevation of 9,800 feet.

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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