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Quick Facts

Horse Thief Basin Trail

Beginning Elevation: 10,400 Feet (3241.9 Meters)
Difficulty: More Difficult
Elevation Gain: 2,600 Feet (810.5 Meters)
Ending Elevation: 12,600 Feet (3927.7 Meters) Ends at junction with South Brush Creek Trail just east of divide.
High Point: 12,800 Feet (3990.0 Meters)
Length, One-way: 2.5 Miles (4.17 Kilometers)
Trail Number: 856.20
Usage: Moderate
USGS Maps: Electric Peak

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General Description

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The trail is brushy and infrequently maintained. It exists mainly as a connector between the North and South Brush Creek drainages and Cotton Creek. Attractions are good views of the Cotton Creek canyon, and a good campsite and graze in Horsethief Basin.

Directions from South Brush Creek Trail: Via South Brush Creek Trail (San Isabel National Forest)

Directions from Cotton Creek Trail: Via Cotton Creek Trail # 749

Seasonal Information:
Normally Open: May through September .

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Recreation Opportunities
Activity Remarks On Site
ICON Hiking & Walking Horse Thief Basin Trail
ICON Horseback Riding Infrequently maintained

Related Activities
Cotton Creek Trail - The trail is well marked and maintained. It follows the creek through a rugged, steep canyon and diverse scenery. Teacup Lake presents an opportunity for primitive route-finding.

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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