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Hiking & Walking: Colorado > Rio Grande National Forest > Saguache Ranger District

Quick Facts

Cottonwood Trail

Beginning Elevation: 11,000 Feet (3428.9 Meters)
Difficulty: Most Difficult
Elevation Gain: 1,600 Feet (498.8 Meters)
Ending Elevation: 12,600 Feet (3927.7 Meters) Ends northeast of Cottonwood Lake.
Length, One-way: 1.2 Miles (2.0 Kilometers)
Trail Number: 861
Usage: Moderate
USGS Maps: Crestone Peak

Satellite and Topo Map

General Description

The trail has not been maintained and is very difficult to follow. A topographic map is recommended for anyone planning to find the route. It is not passable for stock. Attractions are Cottonwood Lake, spectacular rugged scenery, access to some of the higher peaks for mountaineering and the opportunity for some challenging hiking. No public access is provided across the Baca to the Cottonwood Creek Trail #743.

Directions from Sand Creek Trail: Via Sand Creek Trail #743 from Cottonwood Creek or Music Pass. The trail is closed to motorized traffic.

Seasonal Information:
Normally Open: May through September .

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Recreation Opportunities
Activity Remarks On Site
ICON Hiking & Walking Cottonwood Trail

Related Activities
Sand Creek Trail - This trail is very popular due to its easy access and variety of hiking opportunities and scenery. Attractions are fishing in the Sand Creek lakes and small pools in Sand Creek and the excellent scenery.

More Information
Frequently Asked Questions
Email the Local Ranger

Visitor Information:

Saguache Ranger Station, 46525 Colorado Highway 114, P.O. Box 67 , Saguache, CO, 81149, Phone: 719-655-2553, TTY: 719-655-2547


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