Unaweep Trail #601
ElevationAscent: 1,442' 440 m
Descent: -1,156' -352 m
High: 8,985' 2,739 m
Low: 8,434' 2,571 m
GradeAvg Grade: 5% (3°)
Max Grade: 29% (16°)
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“A trail that clings to the high slopes of Uncompahgre Plateau with dramatic views of Unaweep Canyon.”— Janice Shepherd
When the views shift to Unaweep Canyon, you may recall learning in geology class that Unaweep Canyon has a unique feature of two creeks that flow in opposite directions. There is even a sign along the highway marking the Unaweep Divide location where West and East Creek head their separate directions.
Rim Trail Road out to the trail is at times quite rough and requires a 4x4 high clearance vehicle with a skilled driver. But the beautiful views and solitude are worth the effort. Our group made a loop out of this one by parking at the intersection of Rim Trail road and Basin Trail Road, then hiking over to the Snowshoe Trail, down Snowshoe to the Unaweep Trail, continuing back up on the Middle Fork Bear Canyon Trail and then along Basin Trail Road back to the vehicles. Our group stopped to look at and identify many of the wildflowers along the route so we were 7 1/2 hours on this 11.9 mile loop. Having extra water back at the vehicles was important. We saw no one else in the area all day.