Mountain Lion Trail
ElevationAscent: 1,531' 467 m
Descent: -1,509' -460 m
High: 8,901' 2,713 m
Low: 7,627' 2,325 m
GradeAvg Grade: 8% (5°)
Max Grade: 26% (15°)
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“Colorado wrapped into one trail offering elevation, lakes, creeks, and mountain views.”— Taylor Simmons
From this point, you'll follow a dirt road north for a bit, leading into a steep ascent and a few switchbacks toward Windy Peak. Before reaching the peak, you hit a junction and bear left (staying on Mountain Lion) and head back down another set of steep switchbacks toward Deer Creek. You'll continue to drop elevation as you follow along the creek; this section is quite fast, with roots, rocks, and several creek crossings.
The dirt path turns back south, then southwest as you exit the forested area. From here, the elevation profile is mostly flat, trail wide, and the footing very good. You'll have a brief descent again heading south directly back to notch creek where you started.
Land Manager: Colorado Parks and Wildlife