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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

Rio Grande National Forest Hiking

  • 1,316 Miles 2,118 Kilometers of Trail
  • 7 Recommended Routes
  • 14 Easy Trails Easy Trails
  • 106 Intermediate Trails Intermediate Trails
  • 99 Difficult Trails Difficult Trails
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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 12 
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
14.9 mi 24.0 km #4CT - Segment 21: San Luis Pass to Spring Creek Pass
Difficult
Creede, CO
Difficult
Creede, CO
1.5 mi 2.4 km #5Big Meadows Loop Trail #843
Intermediate
Creede, CO
Intermediate
Creede, CO
17.5 mi 28.2 km #6CT - Segment 22: Spring Creek Pass to Carson Saddle
Intermediate
Lake City, CO
Intermediate
Lake City, CO
7.9 mi 12.7 km #7CDT: Beartown to Stony Pass (CO Sec. 9)
Intermediate
Silverton, CO
Intermediate
Silverton, CO
15.3 mi 24.6 km #8Elk Creek Trail #731
Intermediate/Difficult
Conejos, CO
Intermediate/Difficult
Conejos, CO
1.1 mi 1.8 km #9Kit Carson North Ridge
Very Difficult
Crestone, CO
Very Difficult
Crestone, CO
16.0 mi 25.7 km #10CT - Segment 23: Carson Saddle to Stony Pass
Intermediate/Difficult
Lake City, CO
Intermediate/Difficult
Lake City, CO

Photos of Rio Grande National Forest - 110

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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
Mad for Mosca
May 26, 2018 near Westcliffe, 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