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Montville Nature Trail

Easy/Intermediate
 3.8 (5)

A short loop through aspen and pinon pine along Mosca Creek.


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Map Key

0.3

Miles

0.4

KM

Point to Point

8,354' 2,546 m

High

8,283' 2,525 m

Low

71' 22 m

Up

2' 1 m

Down

5%

Avg Grade (3°)

11%

Max Grade (6°)

Dogs Leashed

Features River/Creek · Views · Wildflowers

Family Friendly A short, easy trail that is easily accessed from the parking lot and can be turned into a short loop or an easy out and back.

Description

This short trail branches off of Mosca Pass Trail and crosses Mosca Creek on a small wooden bridge. From here you'll climb the hillside in a series of three switchbacks through a stand of short pinon pine. Be sure to stop and look back at the sand dunes through the breaks in the trees as the views are impressive even with this small elevation gain on the hillside.

After the switchbacks, you'll parallel Mosca Pass Trail and Mosca Creek through stands of aspen and narrow-leaf cottonwood until the trail rejoins Mosca Pass Trail. Wellington Ditch Trail branches to left and the junction is well-marked. This short trail is a great loop on its own or can be combined with Mosca Pass Trail or Wellington Ditch Trail for a longer hike.

Flora & Fauna

Pinon pine, aspens, narrow-leaf cottonwoods, and a variety of wildflowers in the late spring/early summer such as Indian paintbrush, pasque flowers, and candytuft. Be careful of the prickly pear cactus that grow in clusters along the trail!

Deer, elk, squirrels, rabbits, hawks, jays, and ravens.

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Shared By:

Kristen Arendt

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  3.8 from 5 votes

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Photos

Looking at the San De Cresto Mountains from the Wellington Ditch Trail.
Apr 8, 2019 near Crestone, CO
Wellington Ditch Trail wrapping around the foothills.
Feb 15, 2016 near Crestone, CO
The view out toward the dunes from Wellington Ditch Trail.
Feb 15, 2016 near Crestone, CO
Climbing up Wellington Ditch to get a view of the dunes above the trees.
Feb 15, 2016 near Crestone, CO
The bridge across Mosca Creek.
Feb 15, 2016 near Crestone, CO
Aspens in the winter on the Mosca Pass Trail.
Feb 15, 2016 near Crestone, CO

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Sep 17, 2020
Andrea Watson
Aug 23, 2020
Trent Caldwell
Aug 12, 2020
Tom Herr
Connects the Sand Loop and Mosca Pass Trails with the parking. Crosses stream with vistas. 0.3mi
Aug 6, 2020
Allyssa MacAllister
Jun 22, 2019
David Hitchcock
Nice end to the Mosca Pass Trail. Good view of the Dunes from the trail. 0.3mi
Apr 2, 2019
Heather Lagasse
0.5mi — 0h 45m
Aug 5, 2017
Andie Iannuzzelli
Did w Mom & Dad - easy w/ not much vertical rise; small brook; lots of vegetation to see; good views of dunes.
Oct 9, 2016
Denise Gilbert