“A short loop through aspen and pinon pine along Mosca Creek.”
— Kristen Arendt
River/Creek · Views · Wildflowers
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.
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.