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Stearns Trail

Intermediate
 2.7 (3) RECOMMENDED ROUTE

A loop of the Cedar Mountain scenic rim trail with views of Craig and the Yampa River Valley.


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3.3

Miles

5.3

KM

Loop

7,451' 2,271 m

High

7,049' 2,149 m

Low

564' 172 m

Up

548' 167 m

Down

6%

Avg Grade (4°)

26%

Max Grade (15°)

Dogs Leashed

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Overview

This trail is a nice loop that makes for an enjoyable hike. Most hikers prefer a counterclockwise direction for this hike, but it can be taken in either direction.

Need to Know

Watch out for rattlesnakes.

Description

The parking lot at the trailhead is halfway up the mountain and has access to both ends of the loop. This is a somewhat technical hike with some sand and loose dirt mostly surrounded by high desert shrubs. Many sections are so narrow that rocks and obstacles can't be avoided, and the brush on the sides of the trails hits your legs.

Hiking the loop counterclockwise, the downhill section leading to the parking lot is mostly sand and would be quite difficult to climb in the opposite direction.

The hike is basically a climb to the top and then a nice loop along the ridge before descent back to the parking lot. Once on the ridge, you'll find many nice views of the valley below.

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Shared By:

Ryan Parnell

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The view down into the valley from the Cedar Mountain Trail.
Aug 16, 2017 near Craig, CO
Typical narrow singletrack through sage and brush.
Aug 16, 2017 near Craig, CO

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Jul 31, 2019
Fritz Frangle
Ruggedly beautiful trail. Nice views from the top. 3.8mi — 1h 33m
May 19, 2018
Benaiah Adams