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

Quick Facts

Garner Creek Trail

Beginning Elevation: 8,860 Feet (2761.8 Meters)
Difficulty: More Difficult
Elevation Gain: 3,840 Feet (1197.0 Meters)
Ending Elevation: 12,700 Feet (3958.9 Meters) Leaves the District at Thirsty Peak
Length, One-way: 6.5 Miles (10.83 Kilometers)
Trail Number: 752.20
Usage: Light
USGS Maps: Electric Peak, Valley View Hot Springs

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General Description

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The lower half of this trail is fairly easy hiking; approaching the Divide, but it does steepen considerably toward the end. When the trail reaches the alpine zone, the trail is hard to find due to infrequent maintenance. Some hunting occurs in this drainage.

Directions from Junction of Highway 17 and 285: Take the Valley View Road (Road GG) east from the junction of Highways 17 and 285, go approximately 8.0 miles. The second road east after Valley View Hot Springs goes 0.5 mile up Garner Creek Canyon to the registration box where the trail begins at the Forest Boundary.

Directions: Via the North Lake Creek Trail (San Isabel NF)

Seasonal Information:
Normally Open: June through September .

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Recreation Opportunities
Activity Remarks On Site
ICON Hiking & Walking Garner Creek Trail
ICON Horseback Riding Trail can be hard to find in the alpine zone
ICON Big Game Hunting In the drainage

Related Activities
North Crestone Creek Campground - North Crestone Campground is in the narrow valley of North Crestone Creek at the base of Sangre de Cristo Range.

North Crestone Creek Trail - The trail offers excellent possibilities for extended backpacking or just a good day hike from the campground. Attractions are fishing the creek and lake, excellent scenery, waterfalls and opportunity to see bighorn sheep and occasionally bear.

North Crestone Loop Trail - The trail exists as a connector between Comanche Lake and the North Crestone drainage. The trail offers spectacular viewing near Phantom Terrace.

North Fork Crestone Trail - The trail is in good condition and offers numerous possibilities for circuit routes with other trails lasting from 2 days to a week. This route is a photographer's dream.

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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