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Williams Peak Trail

Beginning Elevation: 8,420 Feet (2624.7 Meters) at Horseshoe Guard Station
Difficulty: Moderate to More Difficult
Elevation Gain: 2,760 Feet (860.3 Meters)
Ending Elevation: 11,180 Feet (3485.0 Meters) at jct. with Williams Peak Road
Length, One-way: 8.0 Miles (13.33 Kilometers)
Other Maps: Arapaho Roosevelt National Forest Map
TI Topo Maps: #107 Green Mountain Reservoir, Ute Pass
Trail Number: 25
Usage: Moderate
USGS Maps: Sylvan Reservoir; Ute Peak; Battle Mountain

Satellite and Topo Map

General Description

The Williams Peak Trail, #25, begins behind the Horseshoe Guard Station, near Horseshoe Campground. The first 4 miles of this trail is a moderate hike, however, the last part is quite steep. Beginning on a sagebrush covered hill, the trail quickly crosses into lodgepole pine. Once the trail enters the trees, it crosses into private land for about 5 miles before reaching National Forest land again. There is a right-of-way along the trail while it passes across the private land, so users need not get permission to cross the land. Where it crosses Pease Gulch, the trail is easily lost so users should be sure to follow the tree blazes. After crossing Lost Creek the trail follows the other side through meadows where it is easy to confuse with livestock paths. The trail ends as it meets the Williams Peak Road, Forest Road 200.

The trail is good for horse use although, while on private land, the horses must be kept on the trail.

Directions from Granby: Travel west on Highway 40 approximately 14 miles to County Road 3/Forest Road 139. Travel south on Road 3/139 approximately 14 miles, passing Williams Fork Reservoir, to the trailhead.The upper end of the trail can be accessed from the Williams Peak Road, Forest Road 200, 14 miles from Highway 9.

Seasonal Information:
Normally Accessible: Summer through Fall (NOTE: Accessibility depends on snow depth and weather.) .

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Recreation Opportunities
Activity Remarks On Site
ICON Hiking & Walking Williams Peak Trail
ICON Horseback Riding Williams Peak Trail

Related Activities
Horseshoe Campground - Horseshoe Campground is a small campground located southwest of Granby in the Williams Fork area at an elevation of 8,450 feet.

More Information

Visitor Information:

Sulphur Ranger District, 62429 US Hwy 40, P.O. Box 10 , Granby, CO, 80446, Phone: 970-887-4100, Fax: 970-887-4102, TTY: 970-887-4101


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