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Apishapa Trail San Carlos Ranger District,
Pike and San Isabel National Forests
Apishapa Trail starts from the Cordova Road Trailhead and junctions after about 3 miles with West Peak Trail. It is possible to make a loop using this trail, West Spanish Peak Trail and Wade Trail.
Avalanche Trailhead Salida Ranger District,
Pike and San Isabel National Forests
Avalanche Trailhead is located 6 miles west of Buena Vista on Cottonwood Pass. It provides access to Segment 13 of the Colorado Trail that leads from North Cottonwood Creek to Chalk Creek.
Barr Trail Pikes Peak Ranger District,
Pike and San Isabel National Forests
The Barr Trail climbs the eastern face of Pikes Peak. It has the largest elevation gain of any single trail in Colorado.
Bear Lake/Horn Fork Salida Ranger District,
Pike and San Isabel National Forests
The Bear Lake/Horn Fork Trail leads almost 6 miles from County Road 365 to Bear Lake. The trail begins at North Cottonwood Trailhead and gains 2,520' before reaching Bear Lake.
Ben Tyler Trail South Platte Ranger District,
Pike and San Isabel National Forests
This trail offers access to the Lost Creek Wilderness. Users will see beautiful wildflowers in summer and changing aspens in autumn.
Browns Creek Trail Salida Ranger District,
Pike and San Isabel National Forests
Browns Creek Trail provides access to scenic views of Mt. Antero and the central Rocky Mountain highlands. Fishing for trout is accessible in Browns and Little Browns Creeks.
Browns Pass Trail Salida Ranger District,
Pike and San Isabel National Forests
Browns Pass Trail leads north, from Denny Trailhead on Cottonwood Pass, into the Collegiate Peaks Wilderness.
Bushnell Lakes Salida Ranger District,
Pike and San Isabel National Forests
Visitors gain access to Bushnell Lakes Trail via the Rainbow Trail and Hayden Creek Campground. The trail lies in the Sangre de Christo Wilderness Area.
Cascade Creek Trail San Carlos Ranger District,
Pike and San Isabel National Forests
Access to this trail is on Huerfano Trail 1307 which meets up with Cascade Trail at Strawberry Creek about five miles from the trailhead. There are undeveloped camping sites along the road, trail and trailhead.
Colorado Trail Leadville Ranger District,
Pike and San Isabel National Forests
This segment of the Colorado Trail leads users through lodgepole, spruce-fir and aspen forests. It consists of moderately difficult terrain.
Colorado Trail (Buffalo Creek to Wellington Lake Road) South Platte Ranger District,
Pike and San Isabel National Forests
This segment of the Colorado Trail leads 13.5 miles west from the Buffalo Creek Area to the Rolling Creek Trailhead. The terrain is considered easy, but users gain some elevation after crossing Buffalo Creek.
Colorado Trail (Chalk Creek to Highway 50) Salida Ranger District,
Pike and San Isabel National Forests
Segment 14 of the Colorado Trail extends 20 miles south from Chalk Creek Road to Highway 50 west of Maysville. This portion of the trail is open to foot, horse and bike traffic.
Colorado Trail (Clear Creek to North Cottonwood Creek) Salida Ranger District,
Pike and San Isabel National Forests
Segment 12 of the Colorado Trail leads 18 miles south from Clear Creek Road to North Cottonwood Creek Road. Opportunity exists to hike the lofty peaks of Mts. Harvard and Columbia from this section of the trail.
Colorado Trail (Highway 50 to Marshall Pass) Salida Ranger District,
Pike and San Isabel National Forests
Segment 15 of the Colorado Trail leads 14 miles south from Highway 50 to Marshall Pass. It is open to hikers, bikers and horseback riders.
Colorado Trail (Kenosha Pass to Georgia Pass) South Park Ranger District,
Pike and San Isabel National Forests
This segment of the Colorado Trail leads 11 miles from Kenosha Pass to Georgia Pass. It is accessible to horseback riders, hikers and mountain bikers.
Colorado Trail (Long Gulch Trailhead to Kenosha Pass) South Park Ranger District,
Pike and San Isabel National Forests
This segment of the Colorado Trail leads users 14 miles from Long Gulch Trailhead to Kenosha Pass. The first few miles are within the Lost Creek Wilderness boundary and closed to mechanized and motorized travel.
Colorado Trail (North Cottonwood Creek to Chalk Creek) Salida Ranger District,
Pike and San Isabel National Forests
This segment of the Colorado Trail is known as #13, and leads south from North Cottonwood Creek to Chalk Creek. This segment provides access to Mt. Yale and Mt. Princeton fourteeners.
Colorado Trail (South Platte to Buffalo Creek) South Platte Ranger District,
Pike and San Isabel National Forests
The second section of the Colorado Trail leads 9.5 miles west from the old South Platte town site to the Buffalo Creek Mountain Bike area.
Colorado Trail (Turquoise Lake to Halfmoon Creek) Leadville Ranger District,
Pike and San Isabel National Forests
This section of the Colorado Trail is known as #10. It begins west of Turquoise Lake and ends 11.5 miles later in the Halfmoon Creek drainage.
Colorado Trail (Waterton Canyon to South Platte) South Platte Ranger District,
Pike and San Isabel National Forests
The first segment of the Colorado Trail stretches 10 miles from Waterton Canyon to South Platte. Hikers and horseback riders are welcome to use this section of the trail.
Colorado Trail (Wellington Lake Road to Long Gulch Trailhead) South Platte Ranger District,
Pike and San Isabel National Forests
Long Gulch Trailhead is located approximately 11 miles east of Highway 285 on Lost Park Road. Hikers and Horseback riders may gain access to the Lost Creek Wilderness via the Colorado Trail from this site.
Elk Park Trail Pikes Peak Ranger District,
Pike and San Isabel National Forests
Elk Park Trail leads from the Pikes Peak Toll Road to Barr Camp. Users may take a short spur to an abandoned mining town from this trail.
French Pass Trail South Park Ranger District,
Pike and San Isabel National Forests
The French Pass Trail provides access to the Continental Divide and a variety of recreation opportunities. The trail is not always well defined or signed.
Goose Creek Trail South Platte Ranger District,
Pike and San Isabel National Forests
This very popular trail provides access to the southeast portion of the Lost Creek Wilderness Area. The Goose Creek Trail offers primitive camping, good fishing and great vistas.
Hancock Lake Trail Salida Ranger District,
Pike and San Isabel National Forests
Hancock Lake Trail is an old path used by miners to carry supplies by mule to the mining camps. It connects with Forest Developed Road 230 at the Middle Fork of the south Arkansas River.
Hancock Lake Trail #1422 Salida Ranger District,
Pike and San Isabel National Forests
The Hancock Lake Trailhead is located approximately 2.5 miles south of the Hancock Townsite. The trailhead is the terminus of the Hancock Lake Trail and lies .25 miles north of the lake.
Hartenstein Trail Salida Ranger District,
Pike and San Isabel National Forests
Hartenstein Trail leads to Hartenstein Lake from Browns Pass Trail. This short trail provides beautiful vistas of an alpine lake and Mt. Yale.
Lily Lake Trail San Carlos Ranger District,
Pike and San Isabel National Forests
Lily Lake sports pleasant high mountain scenery and fishing enthusiasts may use flies and lures to tempt the cutthroat trout. Camping possibilities exists at the base of the switchbacks, but not at the lake.
Little Browns Creek Trail Salida Ranger District,
Pike and San Isabel National Forests
Little Browns Creek Trail is a lightly used trail that provides solitude for anyone willing to fight the rugged terrain. It provides access to Mt. Antero, one of Colorado's 14'ers, and trout fishing, in Little Browns Creek.
Lizard Rock Trail South Park Ranger District,
Pike and San Isabel National Forests
The Lizard Rock Trail leads into the Lost Creek Wilderness from its western boundary. The trail is an easy to moderate 2.5 mile climb from the Spruce Grove Campground.
Meridian Trail South Platte Ranger District,
Pike and San Isabel National Forests
The Meridian Trail is a pleasant hike that leads to a saddle that separates the Pike and Arapaho National Forests. Hiking distance to the saddle is 3 miles and the elevation gain is 1,630'.
Mosca Pass Trail San Carlos Ranger District,
Pike and San Isabel National Forests
Mosca Pass Trail begins at the Montville Trail, a self-guided interpretive trail, in the Great Sand Dunes National Monument. The trail follows Mosca Creek to the top of Mosca Pass.
Payne Creek Trail South Platte Ranger District,
Pike and San Isabel National Forests
The Payne Creek Trail, located in the northeast section of the Lost Creek Wilderness, travels 9.5 miles to meet the Colorado Trail. The trail is open to horseback riders and hikers.
Pine Creek Trail Leadville Ranger District,
Pike and San Isabel National Forests
Pine Creek Trail provides access to Collegiate Peaks Wilderness, Colorado Trail (1776), South Pine Creek Trail (1458), Frenchman Creek Trail (1457) and Missouri Gulch Trail (1469).
Pomeroy Lakes Trail Salida Ranger District,
Pike and San Isabel National Forests
Pomeroy Lakes lie in an alpine basin that is accessible by 4 WD. The trail to the lakes extends 2 miles round trip. Fishing is good in both lakes for cutthroat and rainbow trout.
Rainbow Trail #1336 Segment: Bear Creek to US Hwy. 285 (Mears Junction) Salida Ranger District,
Pike and San Isabel National Forests
This segment of the trail leads 12.3 miles north from Bear Creek to Mears Junction. The trail is open to foot, horse and motorcycle traffic.
Rainbow Trail #1336 Segment: Big Cottonwood Creek to Stout Creek Salida Ranger District,
Pike and San Isabel National Forests
This segment of the Rainbow Trail extends 13.5 miles from Big Cottonwood Creek to Stout Creek south of Salida. It offers excellent views of the Arkansas River Valley and the Sangre de Christo Mountains.
Rainbow Trail #1336 Segment: North Brush Creek to Big Cottonwood Creek Salida Ranger District,
Pike and San Isabel National Forests
This segment of the Rainbow Trail leads 12 miles north from North Brush Creek to Big Cottonwood Creek. This part of the Rainbow Trail may be used by hikers, horseback riders, mountain bikers and motorcycle riders.
Rainbow Trail #1336 Segment: Stout Creek to Bear Creek Salida Ranger District,
Pike and San Isabel National Forests
This segment of the Rainbow Trail extends 12.2 miles north from Stout Creek to Bear Creek. Most of this segment follows the eastern border of the Sangre de Christo Wilderness.
Rich Creek Trail South Park Ranger District,
Pike and San Isabel National Forests
The Rich Creek Trail travels mostly within the Buffalo Peaks Wilderness. The terrain is moderately difficult to traverse with the opportunity to summit the 13,000' Buffalo Peaks.
Rough and Tumbling Creek Trail South Park Ranger District,
Pike and San Isabel National Forests
Rough and Tumbling Creek Trail makes a good backpacking trail in the Buffalo Peaks Wilderness. The trail is 11.3 miles long from the Rich Creek Trailhead to the Fourmile Trailhead.
Salt Creek Trail South Park Ranger District,
Pike and San Isabel National Forests
The Salt Creek Trail provides users with a wilderness experience with opportunities to view unique flora and fauna. The trail traverses 15 miles on the eastern perimeter of the Buffalo Peaks Wilderness.
South Fork Clear Creek Four-Wheel Drive Road Leadville Ranger District,
Pike and San Isabel National Forests
The South Fork of Clear Creek Road begins at Winfield and ends at the road closure just south of the Banker Mine. The road is extremely rough and recommended for high clearance vehicles only.
Stout Creek Trail Salida Ranger District,
Pike and San Isabel National Forests
Stout Creek Lakes are accessible from the Rainbow Trail. The trail leads west into the Sangre de Cristo Wilderness Area. No mechanized or motorized vehicles are permitted on this trail.
Ute Creek Trail South Park Ranger District,
Pike and San Isabel National Forests
Ute Creek Trail leads 3 miles up the Ute Creek drainage to Bison Pass in the Lost Creek Wilderness. This trail intersects with the Brookside McCurdy Trail on Bison Pass.
Wagon Loop Trail Salida Ranger District,
Pike and San Isabel National Forests
This loop provides a relatively easy day hike or ride. The total mileage is approximately 3.5 miles to complete the loop. Fishing is good in Browns Creek and Little Browns Creek.
Wigwam Trail South Platte Ranger District,
Pike and San Isabel National Forests
The Wigwam Trail provides a less-crowded alternative to the Goose Creek Trailhead. The trail accesses the east side of the Lost Creek Wilderness Area.
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