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Rich Creek Trail

Beginning Elevation: 9,900 Feet (3086.0 Meters) Rich Creek Trailhead
Difficulty: Moderate
Elevation: 10,000 Feet (3117.2 Meters)
Elevation Gain: 1,320 Feet (411.5 Meters)
Ending Elevation: 11,100 Feet (3460.1 Meters) Intersection with Rough & Tumbling Creek Trail
Handicapped Accessible: No
High Point: 11,520 Feet (3591.0 Meters)
Length, One-way: 6 Miles (10.0 Kilometers) 10K
Other Maps: Pike National Forest, Trails Illustrated 110
Recommended Season: Summer
Trail Number: 616
USGS Maps: South Peak and Jones Hill

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General Description

Rich Creek Trailhead provides access to the Buffalo Peaks Wilderness. Mechanized and motorized vehicles are not permitted within wilderness boundaries. This is a great starting and/or ending point for a backpacking trip. Access to several routes including Rough and Tumbling Creek, Rich Creek and Fourmile Creek Trails make loop hikes possible.

Water is available at the Weston Pass Campground and places in the backcountry. Check with the South Park Ranger District to verify water sources and trail conditions. Rough & Tumbling and Rich Creeks within the wilderness area offer fishing. In general, the terrain around Buffalo Peaks is moderately difficult. Cross-country travel is relatively easy, including bagging the peaks.

Directions from Weston Pass Road: The easiest access to Rich Creek Trail is from Forest Developed Road 425. Approximately one mile southeast of the Weston Pass Campground on Weston Pass Road is a trailhead for Rich Creek and Rough & Tumbling Creek Trails. Park in the lot provided, cross the stream on the footbridge and follow the trail to the right (up stream).

Directions from Weston Pass Campground: Walk south from the campground on Ridgeview Trail, 656. After walking approximately .75 miles the trail will fork. Take the right fork, which will lead you to Rich Creek Trail.

Seasonal Information:
Normally Open: Late May through Mid-October .

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Recreation Opportunities
Activity Remarks On Site
ICON Fishing Rich Creek Trailhead - Rich Creek, Rough and Tumble Creek
ICON Hiking & Walking Rich Creek Trail
ICON Horseback Riding Rich Creek Trailhead
ICON Backpacking Rich Creek Trailhead
ICON Trailhead Parking Rich Creek Trailhead

Related Activities
Rich Creek Trail - The Rich Creek Trail travels mostly within the Buffalo Peaks Wilderness. The terrain is moderately difficult to traverse with the opportunity to summit the 13,000' Buffalo Peaks.

Rough and Tumbling Creek Trail - Rough and Tumbling Creek Trail makes a good backpacking trail in the Buffalo Peaks Wilderness. The trail is 11.3 miles long from the Rich Creek Trailhead to the Fourmile Trailhead.

More Information

Visitor Information:

South Park Ranger District, U.S. Forest Service, P.O. Box 219 , Fairplay, CO, 80440, Phone: 719-836-2031


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