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Hiking & Walking: Colorado > San Juan National Forest > Mancos-Dolores Ranger District

Quick Facts

Sharkstooth Trail

Average Time: Full Day
Beginning Elevation: 10,000 Feet (3117.2 Meters)
Difficulty: More Difficult
Elevation Gain: 1,000 Feet (311.7 Meters)
Ending Elevation: 11,000 Feet (3428.9 Meters)
Length, One-way: 4.3 Miles (7.17 Kilometers)
Recommended Season: Mid-Summer-Late Fall
Usage: Moderate
USGS Maps: La Plata
Handicapped Accessible: Yes Requires Four-Wheel-Drive to access trailhead
Trail Number: 607C

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General Description

This trail joins the Highline National Recreation Trail (part of the Colorado Trail) at Bear Creek. The trail begins in a mixed conifer forest and climbs to a rock field above timberline. A side loop 1.5 miles from the trailhead explores the historic Windy Williams Mine. The last 2.8 miles drops into the Bear Creek drainage.

Directions from Mancos, Colorado: Travel north on Colorado Hwy 184 for 0.2 mile and turn east onto the West Mancos Road (Forest Service Road #561). Go 14.0 miles and turn right on Spruce Mill Road (Forest Service Road #350). Continue about 6.0 miles, veering right on a narrow road (Forest Service Road #346) toward Twin Lakes and Sharkstooth Trailhead. Use 4WD for the last 1.0 mile and follow signs to the trailhead.

Seasonal Information:
Normally Accessible: Mid-Summer through Late Fall .

Current Conditions & Trip Reports
Winter conditions. Updated: 2004-04-23 14:07:00.0

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Recreation Opportunities
Activity Remarks On Site
ICON Hiking & Walking Sharkstooth Trail
ICON Horseback Riding Horses are allowed
ICON Mountain Biking Mountain biking is allowed

Related Activities
West Mancos Trail - This trail offers spectacular views of Hesperus Peak as it passes through aspen, spruce, and fir forests. The trail follows West Mancos Canyon upstream for 5.0 miles to the historic mining town of Golconda.

More Information
Frequently Asked Questions
Email the Local Ranger

Visitor Information:

Dolores Public Lands Office, 29211 Hwy 184 , Dolores, CO, 81323, Phone: 970-882-7296, Fax: 970-882-6841, TTY: 970-882-6842


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