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Quick Facts

Last Chance Trail

Beginning Elevation: 9,400 Feet (2930.2 Meters)
Difficulty: Easy
Elevation Gain: 500 Feet (155.9 Meters)
Ending Elevation: 9,900 Feet (3086.0 Meters)
Length: 2.2 Miles (3.67 Kilometers) 3.5 km
Trail Number: 1945
Usage: Moderate
USGS Maps: Meredith, Nast, and Mt. Jackson

Satellite and Topo Map

General Description

Last Chance Trail located about 27 miles from Basalt, Colorado. The trail crosses Last Chance Creek near the beginning and then is an easy walk through meadows most of the way. It ends at the junction with Tellurium Lake trail. From here you can hike to either Tellurium Lake, Josephine Lake or Henderson Park. Each party overnighting in the Holly Cross Wilderness is required to self-register at the Trailhead and to carry a copy of the registrationwith them during their visit. There is no fee charged and no limit to the number of permits issued. Last Chance Trail is within the Holly Cross Wilderness, pleaseeducate yourself about Wilderness Ethics and rules.* DOGS MUST BE LEASHED out of consideration for both other people and wildlife.Closest Towns:

Directions from Carbondale: From Carbondale travel east on Hwy. 82 to Basalt. Turn left into downtown Basalt and follow the Fryingpan River Road about 27 miles (past Ruedi Reservoir) to Road #501 (North Fork), turning left towards Elk Wallow Campground. Approximately 4 miles take the left fork road onto road #506. When road #506(Burnt Mt.. Road) crosses the first stream about 5 miles down road #506, the trailhead is on the upstream side of the road.

Seasonal Information:
Normally Accessible: Memorial Day Weekend through September (NOTE: Snow may obstruct this trail at high elevations.) .

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Recreation Opportunities
Activity Remarks On Site
ICON Backpacking Last Chance and linking trails.
ICON Cross-country Skiing Last Chance Trail
ICON Hiking & Walking Last Chance Trail
ICON Horseback Riding Last Chance Trail
ICON Snowshoeing

Related Activities
Eagle/Thomasville Road - This road is not a four wheel drive road, but is very dangerous and slippery when wet. Do not drive on it if rain is in the forecast or it has recently rained!

More Information
Frequently Asked Questions
Email the Local Ranger

Visitor Information:

Sopris Ranger District, 620 Main St, P.O. Box 309 , Carbondale, CO, 81623, Phone: 970-963-2266, Fax: 970-963-1012

Links to other sites:
Forest Conservancy - Current Information from Local Volunteers: Closings and Conditions


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