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1,230 mi 1,980 km of trail 7 Recommended Routes

Easy Trails 13 Trails Intermediate Trails 106 Trails Hard Trails 100 Trails
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Recommended Routes in Rio Grande National Forest - 6

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Favorite Looking east toward the peaks above Willow Lake.
Very Difficult

Kit Carson and Challenger

14.1 mi 22.6 km 5,550' Up 1691.67 m Up 5,550' Down 1691.69 m Down

Crestone, CO
Favorite Standard exposure and scrambling along the Northwest Face.
Very Difficult

Tour de Little Bear

2.7 mi 4.3 km 2,168' Up 660.89 m Up 2,167' Down 660.59 m Down

Alamosa…, CO
Favorite On top of Music Pass looking down on Sand Creek basin.
Difficult

Music Pass Trail to Upper Sand Creek Lake

8.4 mi 13.5 km 1,858' Up 566.25 m Up 1,858' Down 566.28 m Down

Westcliffe, CO
Favorite The beetle kill is wide reaching in this corner of the San Juans.
Intermediate/Difficult

Wheeler Geologic Area to Halfmoon Pass

20.4 mi 32.8 km 3,674' Up 1119.73 m Up 3,676' Down 1120.42 m Down

Creede, CO
Favorite San Luis summit.
Intermediate/Difficult

San Luis Peak - South Summit Route

15.0 mi 24.1 km 3,784' Up 1153.5 m Up 3,783' Down 1153.19 m Down

Creede, CO
Favorite San Luis summit.
Intermediate

San Luis Peak - North Summit Route

12.6 mi 20.3 km 3,563' Up 1085.97 m Up 3,563' Down 1085.86 m Down

Creede, CO

Trails in Rio Grande National Forest - 212

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4.8 mi 7.8 km #1Willow Lake Trail
Intermediate/Difficult
Crestone, CO
Intermediate/Difficult
Crestone, CO
0.6 mi 1.0 km #2Crestone Needle South Face
Very Difficult
Crestone, CO
Very Difficult
Crestone, CO
2.5 mi 4.0 km #3Cottonwood Pass Trail
Intermediate
Crestone, CO
Intermediate
Crestone, CO
7.9 mi 12.7 km #4CDT: Beartown to Stony Pass (CO Sec. 9)
Intermediate
Silverton, CO
Intermediate
Silverton, CO
17.5 mi 28.2 km #5CT - Segment 22: Spring Creek Pass to Carson Saddle
Intermediate
Lake City, CO
Intermediate
Lake City, CO
16.0 mi 25.7 km #6CT - Segment 23: Carson Saddle to Stony Pass
Intermediate/Difficult
Lake City, CO
Intermediate/Difficult
Lake City, CO
3.5 mi 5.7 km #7Medano Lake Trail
Difficult
Westcliffe, CO
Difficult
Westcliffe, CO
14.9 mi 24.0 km #8CT - Segment 21: San Luis Pass to Spring Creek Pass
Difficult
Creede, CO
Difficult
Creede, CO
11.2 mi 18.1 km #9Miner's Creek
Difficult
Creede, CO
Difficult
Creede, CO
0.0 mi 0.1 km #10Rex Falls Trail
Intermediate
Creede, CO
Intermediate
Creede, CO
1.5 mi 2.4 km #11Big Meadows Loop Trail #843
Intermediate
Creede, CO
Intermediate
Creede, CO
1.6 mi 2.5 km #12Crestone Peak South Face
Very Difficult
Crestone, CO
Very Difficult
Crestone, CO
1.1 mi 1.8 km #13Kit Carson North Ridge
Very Difficult
Crestone, CO
Very Difficult
Crestone, CO
0.9 mi 1.4 km #14Lower Sand Creek Lake Trail
Intermediate/Difficult
Crestone, CO
Intermediate/Difficult
Crestone, CO
5.9 mi 9.5 km #15North Crestone Trail #744
Intermediate/Difficult
Crestone, CO
Intermediate/Difficult
Crestone, CO
1.0 mi 1.7 km #16Little Bear Peak
Very Difficult
Alamosa East, CO
Very Difficult
Alamosa East, CO
0.8 mi 1.3 km #17Crater Lake Trail #707
Intermediate/Difficult
Pagosa Springs, CO
Intermediate/Difficult
Pagosa Springs, CO
9.5 mi 15.3 km #18Comanche Trail #746
Intermediate/Difficult
Crestone, CO
Intermediate/Difficult
Crestone, CO
3.6 mi 5.8 km #19Mosca Pass Trail
Intermediate
Crestone, CO
Intermediate
Crestone, CO 12 
1.5 mi 2.5 km #20Phantom Terrace #359
Difficult
Crestone, CO
Difficult
Crestone, CO

Photos of Rio Grande National Forest - 95

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Easy going on the Colorado Divide Trail (CDT).
Jul 30, 2016 near Silverton, CO
Hiking up the Phantom Terrace rewards you with phenomenal views of the Sangre de Cristos
Jan 5, 2017 near Crestone, CO
Looking east toward the peaks above Willow Lake.
Sep 5, 2017 near Crestone, CO
View of Kit Carson Peak and San Luis Valley.
Jun 18, 2019 near Crestone, CO
At the 3 mile mark.
Sep 29, 2018 near Crestone, CO
Willow Lake moonrise.
Sep 5, 2017 near Crestone, CO
Looking towards the Rito Alto Lake valley after crossing the 1st pass.
Dec 12, 2015 near Crestone, CO
San Luis summit.
Jul 14, 2016 near Creede, CO