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Hiking & Walking: Colorado > Pike and San Isabel National Forests > South Platte Ranger District

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Trout Creek Motorized Trail

Beginning Elevation: 8,640 Feet (2693.3 Meters) northern access on Rampart Range Road
Difficulty: Intermediate to Expert
Elevation Gain, One-way: 1,700 Feet (529.9 Meters)
Ending Elevation: 8,500 Feet (2649.6 Meters) southern terminus
Length, One-way: 6.2 Miles (10.33 Kilometers)
Other Maps: Trails Illustrated 135, Pike National Forest
Recommended Season: Summer
Trail Number: 649
Usage: Moderate
USGS Maps: Quads: Devils Head, Daken Mountain, Westcreek

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General Description

Trout Creek Trail, #649, is a 6.2 loop trail with beautiful scenery that accesses Long Hollow Trail, #650, and Trout Creek. The creek provides excellent fishing opportunities. During April and May Trout Creek may be too deep to cross, causing the trail to become 2 dead-end trails instead of a loop. Trout Creek Trail has an intermediate to expert ability level and gets moderate use.

The National Forest Service challenges all off-highway vehicle (OHV) users to TREAD LIGHTLY on public lands. The Tread Lightly program educates and informs forest users on how to enjoy recreation opportunities without damaging resources or negatively affecting others enjoyment of public lands. Potential damage to our natural environment is intensified due to increasing popularity of OHVs. (This category of vehicles includes 4 WD, ATVs, dirt bikes, mountain bikes and snowmobiles.) TREAD LIGHTLY was created to curb damage to soil, water, wildlife, visual and solitude components on the forest. For more information contact any Ranger District Office.

Directions from junction Highway 67 and Rampart Range Road: Travel south on Rampart Range Road 15 miles to the trailhead. The Trout Creek Trail intersects Rampart Range Road approximately 1.5 miles south of Topas Point Picnic Ground.

Seasonal Information:
Normally Open: Year-round .

Current Conditions & Trip Reports

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Difficulty: Hard
Number of People Encountered: 0-10 ppl
Recommend to a Friend: Highly
Report: This trail makes for an adventure even in October when the water level should be down. The Southern leg of the trail is narrow with a steep drop-off to one side while the Northern leg is narrow and much like a steep revine for over one mile. What makes the trail extreme though is the creek crossing, it is between 2 and 3 feet deep and 40 feet across. Only one rider in our group tackled the water crossing with style, the rest were left very wet and exhausted by the time they made it across.

Recreation Opportunities
Activity Remarks On Site
ICON Hiking & Walking Trout Creek Motorized Trail
ICON Mountain Biking Trout Creek Motorized Trail
ICON ATV Riding Trout Creek Motorized Trail
ICON Motorcycle Riding Trout Creek Motorized Trail
ICON Snowmobiling Trout Creek Motorized Trail

Related Activities
Long Hollow Motorized Trail - The Long Hollow Trail, #649, leads 5.5 miles south from Noodle Trail, #677. The route has an intermediate rating and receives little use. It may be made into a loop ride in connection with Trout Creek Trail, #649.

More Information

Visitor Information:

South Platte Ranger District, U.S. Forest Service, 19316 Goddard Ranch Ct. , Morrison, CO, 80465, Phone: 303-275-5610


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