Pole Creek Trail
ElevationAscent: 43' 13 m
Descent: -1,818' -554 m
High: 12,342' 3,762 m
Low: 10,567' 3,221 m
GradeAvg Grade: 5% (3°)
Max Grade: 28% (16°)
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“Fun, rolling singletrack that starts in the high alpine and descends through spruce and fir forest.”— Evan Chute
Electric Mountain Bikes Allowed
A series of small waterfalls, natural arches and crystal clear pools can be viewed on Pole Creek, about 0.25 mile south of the junction of West Pole Creek Trail. The falls are not visible from the trail, but the sound of falling water can be heard if you listen carefully. Turn west off the main trail and take the short side trip from the trail to the creek to see the falls and arches.
Good camping places are available along the lower 4.0 miles of this trail. Domestic sheep graze the upper area near the Continental Divide. Cattle occasionally graze the lower east slope of Pole Creek.
After entering a scattered patch of spruce/fir about 1/4 mile from the Stony Pass Road the trail begins to enter the wide open parks that characterize the Pole Creek Valley to its end at the intersection of FDT#787 (La Garita Stock Driveway Trail).
From Creede, CO. Travel west on State Hwy 149 for 19 miles. Turn left and travel west 24 miles on Forest Road 520. The trail starts just before you cross Pole Creek itself in a large meadow.
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Local Club: Wolf Creek Wheel Club
Land Manager: USFS - San Juan National Forest Office