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Quick Facts

Williams Creek Trailhead

Elevation: 12,536 Feet (3907.7 Meters)
Reservation Contact: Local
Reservation Remarks: AMENITIES: VAULT TOILETS.
Reservation Status: Not Accepted

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General Description

Williams Lake
Copyright: - US Forest Service
Williams Lake
Williams Creek Trailhead is near Cimarrona Campground. Trail 586 leaves from the campground, goes slightly east of Cimarrona Peak and reaches the Continental Divide at Squaw Pass where it continues into the Divide District of Weminuche Wilderness. After passing Cimarrona Peak, hikers have the choice of going up and over to Hossick Lake on Trail 585.

From Williams Creek Trailhead, which starts at about 8,380 feet, hikers have a few options. One can take Williams Creek Trail 587 all the way to the Continental Divide or after a little more than a mile, take Indian Creek Trail 588. Trail 588 goes northeast to Palisade Meadows and splits, both trails join the Divide. Trail 651 goes north about one mile and Trail 588 continues east another 2 miles before reaching the Divide.

Directions from Pagosa Springs, Colorado: Travel 2 miles west on U.S. Highway 160, then turn northwest on Forest Road 631 for 22 miles. Go north on FR 640 for 5 miles.

Seasonal Information:
Normally Accessible: Memorial Day Weekend through Labor Day Weekend (NOTE: No water, trash) .

Current Conditions & Trip Reports
Excellent and scenic starting point. Should be clear of snow on the divide by the end of June. Updated: 2004-07-15 12:30:00.0

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Recreation Opportunities
Activity Remarks On Site
ICON Trailhead Parking Williams Creek Trailhead
ICON Camping Williams Creek
ICON Cold Water Fishing Williams Creek Reservoir, some creek fishing
ICON Horseback Riding Stables close by on Piedra Road (Sportsmen's Store)
ICON Lakes & Reservoirs Williams Creek Reservoir
ICON Viewing Scenery Alpine views

Related Activities
A Water Fall Without A Name - This falls is significant in that it has the largest vertical drop of any waterfall on the Pagosa District. A visit to this fall is a wilderness adventure.

Cimarrona Campground - The campground is adjacent to Cimarrona Creek, with beautiful views of the meadow and reservoir to the south. The campground makes a good base camp and staging area for hikes into the Weminuche Wilderness.

Williams Creek Campground - This facility has 67 sites and a good selection of sunny and shady spots, with a few right along the creek. Fishing located nearby.

More Information
Frequently Asked Questions
Email the Local Ranger

Visitor Information:

Pagosa Ranger District, 2nd and Pagosa, P.O. Box 310 , Pagosa Springs, CO, 81147, Phone: 970-264-2268, Fax: 970-264-1538, TTY: 970-264-1539


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