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Quick Facts

West Ute Creek Trail

Beginning Elevation: 10,800 Feet (3366.6 Meters)
Difficulty: Easy
Elevation Gain: 1,000 Feet (311.7 Meters)
Ending Elevation: 11,800 Feet (3678.3 Meters) Ends at the junction with the Continental Divide Trail #813, near the mouth of West Ute Lake
Length, One-way: 4.8 Miles (8.0 Kilometers)
Trail Number: 825
Usage: Moderate
USGS Maps: Rio Grande Pyramid

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General Description

The West Ute Creek Trail is well-defined and easy to follow. The 1-mile long section of this trail immediately below West Ute Lake was reconstructed in 1981. The trail begins at a gradual grade up the open West Ute Creek bottom for about a 4-mile distance. The trail is the main access route to West Ute Lake and is easy to hike through the open grassy parks and meadows along West Ute Creek. The trail will then begin a steady steep climb through the old-growth spruce fir below West Ute Lake. As the trail emerges from the timber, it joins the Continental Divide Trail at the mouth of the Lake.

The trail is easy to hike through the open grassy parks and meadows along West Ute Creek.

Directions from Creede, Colorado: Travel southwest on Colorado Highway 149 for 20.1 miles to Forest Road #520 (Upper Rio Grande River Road). Then, go approximately 16.0 miles to the Ute Creek Trailhead. Hike up the main Ute Creek Trail #819 to about 0.25 mile past Black Lake. West Ute Trail #825 is signed and easily recognizable.

Seasonal Information:
Normally Open: Late June through September (NOTE: Two stream crossings are made along the trail route. Hikers may experience some high water in Early June but otherwise will have little problems making creek crossings.) .

Current Conditions & Trip Reports
Snowed in Updated: 2000-05-09 10:40:00.0

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Recreation Opportunities
Activity Remarks On Site
ICON Backpacking Near West Ute Lake or about 1/2 mile below the Lake
ICON Cold Water Fishing West Ute Creek; West Ute Lake
ICON Hiking & Walking West Ute Creek Trail
ICON Horseback Riding Well-defined and easy to follow
ICON Viewing Scenery Scenery is excellent
ICON Viewing Wildlife Chances of seeing elk are good to excellent

Related Activities
Continental Divide - Weminuche Pass to Hunchback P - Many vacation adventures await visitors to this segment of the Continental Divide Trail. The raw beauty and inspiring views in this area will long be etched in the visitor's memories.

La Garita - Phoenix Park-Halfmoon Pass Trail - Excellent scenery, a bounty of wildflowers and a good opportunity to see elk exist along this trail. Large open alpine meadows with scattered patches of old growth spruce/fir timber are a common part of the landscape.

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Visitor Information:

Divide Ranger Station, 13308 West US Highway 160, P.O. Box 40 , Del Norte, CO, 81132, Phone: 719-657-3321, TTY: 719-657-6038


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