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Major Creek Trail

Beginning Elevation: 8,600 Feet (2680.8 Meters) Begins at mouth of Major Canyon (Access restricted by private property).
Difficulty: More Difficult
Elevation Gain: 4,440 Feet (1384.0 Meters)
Ending Elevation: 11,920 Feet (3715.7 Meters) Ends at junction with the Crossover Trail on San Isabel NF, 1 mile from Divide.
High Point: 12,480 Feet (3890.3 Meters) Divide of Sangre de Cristos
Length, One-way: 4.0 Miles (6.67 Kilometers)
Trail Number: 751.20
Usage: Light
USGS Maps: Electric Peak, Valley View Hot Springs

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General Description

Trail attractions are 6"-8" brookies and cutthroat trout in the lower section of the creek. No mountain lake is reached unless the divide is crossed to Brush Creek Lakes. The trail receives limited maintenance. There is some hunting in the drainage.

Directions from Alamosa, Colorado: Take the Valley View Road (Road GG) east from the junction of Highways 17 and 285, go approximately 8.5 miles. Major Creek Canyon is directly east. A large house sits at the mouth of the canyon, however, a public access route is passable just to the north by staying on BLM land.

Directions: Via Crossover Trail (San Isabel NF).

Seasonal Information:
Normally Open: May through September .

Current Conditions & Trip Reports

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Filed By: rick watson
Number of People Encountered: 0-10 ppl
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Report: The main trail that crosses back and forth the creek at about three miles is now all beaver ponds. A secondary trail running along the north side above the creek will get you around the ponds.
Conditions: The beavers are really busy falling tress several miles up the trail making the trail muddy and flooded.
Water Availability: Several good water springs along the middle and upper sections that feed major creek.
Suggested Accessories: Saw some nice brookies in the beaver ponds as I rode past them. Take you fishing pole...

Recreation Opportunities
Activity Remarks On Site
ICON Cold Water Fishing Lower section of the creek; 6"-8" brookies and cutthroat trout
ICON Hiking & Walking Major Creek Trail
ICON Horseback Riding Limited trail maintenance
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.

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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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