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A beautiful, more difficult alternative to Strand Hill.


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10.0

Miles

16.1

KM

Point to Point

10,129' 3,087 m

High

8,776' 2,675 m

Low

2,124' 647 m

Up

1,641' 500 m

Down

7%

Avg Grade (4°)

34%

Max Grade (19°)

Dogs Leashed

Features Cave · Fall Colors · Lake · River/Creek · Views · Wildflowers · Wildlife

Open summer through fall.

Description

The Farris Creek Trail #409 begins at Cement Creek Road, FSR #740, across from the Cement Creek Guard Station, and ends at Brush Creek Road, FSR #738. The trail climbs quickly to the "Caves". This one-mile hike provides great views and exploration opportunities of the Caves.

From above the Caves, the trail climbs through meadows and aspen forests to 10,000 feet; then descends through pine and aspen forests and rocky scree fields to Farris Creek Road, FSR #736. Here it follows Farris Creek Road east and is now open to motorized use, to a steep downhill section. Caution needs to be used when crossing Brush Creek. Once across the creek, a short steep uphill climb awaits you to Brush Creek Road, FSR #738.

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Shared By:

Tom Robson

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  4.7 from 3 votes

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#575

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#7,642

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Getting a good glimpse of the caves
Oct 6, 2023 near Crested…, CO
The view from the top of the caves.
Oct 6, 2023 near Crested…, CO
Fall cave trail view.
Oct 6, 2023 near Crested…, CO
Looking through a tunnel in the caves
Oct 6, 2023 near Crested…, CO
Starting out on the Caves Trail.
Oct 6, 2023 near Crested…, CO

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