This trail provides access to the Calico Trail and rewards the intrepid hiker with views of the LaPlata and Rico ranges, Lizard Head, Eagle Peak Dunn, Middle, and Dolores Peaks (to name a few). The route is noted for its dramatic climb up through thickly growing meadows, forests of aspen, spruce, and fir. A lucky individual is likely to encounter elk along the fringes of timberline. Mule deer and coyote may be sighted as well as the occasional high-flying eagle.
The trail climbs quickly with 2000 feet gained in three miles. This fact accounts for the popularity of this trail among horseback riders. The rapid increase in elevation makes for a strenuous hike. In the area above the meadowlands there may be some confusion as to which trail to follow. There are two paths running parallel. Both of these trails continue in the same general direction and will lead back down to familiar country on the Horse Creek Trail.
BE CAREFUL! Approximately 1.5 miles from the trail's beginning is an old mine with a vertical shaft, about 10 feet off of the trail.
Directions from Rico, Colorado: Drive north for almost 2.0 miles on Colorado State Hwy 145 and you will note a gate which is used to close the road in bad weather. Turn left (west) onto the gravel road just south of the gate. The jeep road can be driven about 1.0 mile with high clearance vehicles before Horse Creek Trail takes off.
Summer through Fall .