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Nichols Creek Trail

Beginning Elevation: 10,400 Feet (3241.9 Meters)
Difficulty: More Difficult
Elevation Gain: 360 Feet (112.2 Meters)
Ending Elevation: 10,760 Feet (3354.1 Meters)
Length: 3.7 Miles (6.17 Kilometers)
Trail Number: 1830A
Usage: Light

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General Description

The Nichols Creek Trail branches from the South Fork Trail, 16 miles from the South Fork Trailhead, above Budges Resort. It is most readily accessed from the Coffee Pot Road, along the Colorado River, north of Dotsero.

The Nichols Creek Trail rises steeply for 1 1/2 miles out of South Fork Meadows staying mostly in open areas. The terrain levels off as the trail continues 1/4 mile to the Park Creek Trail junction. From this junction, you gain elevation gradually as the trail continues through open parks bordered by stands of Engelmann spruce for another mile. The last mile of trail travels through stands of beetle-killed spruce until reaching the Lost Solar Trail below Lost Solar Park, 3.7 miles from the South Fork Trail.

Directions from Meeker: Nichols Creek Trail is located 45 miles east of Meeker. Take State Highway 13 east out of Meeker for one mile; turn right on County Road 8 for 18 miles to the South Fork Road (County Road 10) Turn right for two miles, then jog left 1/4 mile, then right for 10 miles to the South Fork Campground and trailhead. From the trailhead, follow the South Fork Trail 16 miles up South Fork Canyon past Budges Resort to the Nichols Trail junction. The trail is accessible from the Colorado River via the Coffee Pot Road FDR #600 to the Budges Resort. The Nichols Creek Trail lies 2 miles from the road up the South Fork Trail.

Seasonal Information:
Normally Accessible: May through November (NOTE: Always open. Beware of severe Winter conditions.) .

Current Conditions & Trip Reports
Open Updated: 2000-07-05 18:08:00.0

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Related Activities
Coffee Pot Road - The Coffee Pot Road, a gravel road which climbs over 4000 feet from the Colorado River, up onto the Flat Tops to Deep Lake, is a main access point for the south end of the Flat Tops.

Lost Solar Trail - This trail begins five miles up the South Fork Trail and takes out of the South Fork Canyon into the Solar Creek drainage. The trail finally ends up at the Oyster Lake Trail.

Park Creek Trail - This trail begins seven miles up the South Fork Trail along the South Fork of the White River. It leads up Park Creek until reaching the Nichols Creek Trail.

South Fork General Forest Area - The South Fork General Forest area offers accessibility to a wide variety of trails, lakes, campgrounds, fishing, hunting and other outdoor activities within the Blanco Ranger District of the White River National Forest.

South Fork Trail (Blanco Ranger District) - The trail follows the South Fork of the White River for close to 26 miles and is almost completely within the Flat Tops Wilderness. It links to several other trails in the area.

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Visitor Information:

Blanco Ranger District, 317 E. Market , Meeker, CO, 81641, Phone: 970-878-4039, Fax: 970-878-5173


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