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Farmers Creek Trail Divide Ranger District,
Rio Grande National Forest
Only a few decent camping places exist along the lower portion of the trail. Good scenery and access to Wheeler Geologic Area, La Garita Wilderness and the vastness of Wason Park.
Fern Creek Trail Divide Ranger District,
Rio Grande National Forest
The Fern Creek Trail is primarily used for access to the popular Ruby Lake Area. Beyond the Ruby Lake Area toward Little Squaw Creek and Big Squaw Creek is often used very lightly in the summer months.
Goose Creek Trail Divide Ranger District,
Rio Grande National Forest
The trail grade is gradual for most of the 11 miles that it parallels Goose Creek. Good camping areas abound along the trail.
Heart Lake Trail Divide Ranger District,
Rio Grande National Forest
Good views of Fingers Mesa and Pole Mountain. The trail travels through a few small open parks but primarily stays in mixed aspen and spruce/fir stands.
Ivy Creek Trail Divide Ranger District,
Rio Grande National Forest
The Ivy Creek trail provides the shortest, quickest routs to Goose Lake from the Rio Grande Drainage. From Ivy Creek Campground, hikers should plan a very full day of exercise to get to Goose Lake.
La Garita - Phoenix Park-Halfmoon Pass Trail Divide Ranger District,
Rio Grande National Forest
Excellent scenery, a bounty of wildflowers and a good opportunity to see elk exist along this trail. Large open alpine meadows with scattered patches of old growth spruce/fir timber are a common part of the landscape.
Lost Trail Creek Divide Ranger District,
Rio Grande National Forest
Excellent views and good fishing are both possible along this trail. Evidence of recent and historic mining activity is visible near Carson Pass on the Continental Divide.
McKenzie Trail Divide Ranger District,
Rio Grande National Forest
The main attraction of this trail is the access to Crystal Lake. Fishing is reported to be excellent at Crystal Lake and the scenery along the trail is good.
Miners Creek Trail Divide Ranger District,
Rio Grande National Forest
Scenery and solitude are available along this trail. Excellent views of white chalk like cliffs are present at the head of Miners Creek.
North Rock Creek Trail Divide Ranger District,
Rio Grande National Forest
This trail is lightly used during most of the season. Suitable camping areas can be found along the trail. Beautiful views may be enjoyed at the top.
Pole Creek Trail (Divide Ranger District) Divide Ranger District,
Rio Grande National Forest
Take the short side trip from the trail to the creek to see a series of small waterfalls, natural arches and crystal clear pools on Pole Creek.
Red Lakes Trail Divide Ranger District,
Rio Grande National Forest
The Red Lake Trail climbs the La Manga Creek Valley to Jarosa Mesa. Red Lake, sitting in a bowl at the head of the Rito Colorado, is popular for fishing and camping.
South Fork Trail (Divide Ranger District) Divide Ranger District,
Rio Grande National Forest
This trail is entirely within the Weminuche Wilderness and the main attractions are the Continental Divide and Spruce Lakes.
Squaw Creek Trail Divide Ranger District,
Rio Grande National Forest
The trail primarily parallels Squaw Creek from Thirty Mile Campground to the Continental Divide. Good fishing is possible along Squaw Creek and nice camping areas are easy to find along the trail.
Squaw Lake Trail Divide Ranger District,
Rio Grande National Forest
Squaw Lake Trail lies deep within the Weminuche Wilderness. Good access to the Continental Divide is available on this trail. Pleasant camping areas are available.
Ute Creek Trail Divide Ranger District,
Rio Grande National Forest
This trail is the major access route into the vast Ute Basin Area. Four major fishable lakes sit in the beautiful basin. The Ute Trail is a popular route with Weminuche Wilderness visitors.
Ute Lake Trail Divide Ranger District,
Rio Grande National Forest
After departing from the main Ute Trail, this trail immediately crosses Middle Ute Creek and proceeds up an open meadow. It meets the Continental Divide Trail immediately above Ute Lake.
West Lost Trail Creek Divide Ranger District,
Rio Grande National Forest
Beautiful views of Pole Mountain and vast panoramic views are possible once a hiker begins approaching the Continental Divide. This trail provides the shortest access to Cataract Lake from the Rio Grande River drainage.
West Pole Creek Trail Divide Ranger District,
Rio Grande National Forest
Excellent views and an excellent assortment of wildflowers can be found in the West Pole Drainage. Few people hike in the West Pole Area. Hiking this trail is basically a cross-country type experience.
West Ute Creek Trail Divide Ranger District,
Rio Grande National Forest
The trail is the main access route to West Ute Lake and is an easy to hike along West Ute Creek. The trail travels up a steady, steep climb through the old-growth spruce fir below West Ute Lake.
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