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Backpacking: Colorado > Pike and San Isabel National Forests > San Carlos Ranger District

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Indian Trailhead

Elevation: 10,520 Feet (3279.3 Meters)

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General Description

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This is a multiple use trail, so ATVs and motorbikes are permitted. Indian Creek Trail starts at the north end of Bear Lake and connects the lake with Baker, Shortcut and Dodgeton Trails. The trail follows the contours of the drainages in a rather roller coaster fashion without really gaining any elevation. It ends at Indian Creek which is southwest of La Veta.

There is a scenic view about 1/2 mile from the trailhead that leads up a burn scar to (where the unique Limber/Bristlecone forest is growing up). One can look out over Cuchara valley and the ski area.

The Baker Trail junction is reached after about 1.5 miles. After 3 miles one can connect with Shortcut Trail and the Dodgeton Trail intersects after about 5 1/2 miles.

Directions from La Veta: Travel South of La Veta on Highway 12 to Forest Road 422 (Blue Lake/Bear Lake Road). The trail begins on the north side of Bear Lake, about 5 miles southwest of Highway 12. Parking is available.

Seasonal Information:
Normally Accessible: Mid-May through Mid-October .

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Recreation Opportunities
Activity Remarks On Site
ICON Trailhead Parking Indian Trailhead
ICON Camping Bear Lake and Blue Lake
ICON Geology Red rock formations
ICON Fishing Bear Lake and Blue Lake
ICON Hunting Accessible in season
ICON ATV Riding Permitted
ICON Motorcycle Riding Permitted
ICON Viewing Scenery Cuchara valley and the ski area

More Information

Visitor Information:

San Carlos Ranger District, 3170 East Main Street , CaƱon City, CO, 81212, Phone: 719-269-8500, Fax: 719-269-9719


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