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Pole Creek Trail

Intermediate/Difficult
 3.3 (3)

Fun, rolling singletrack that starts in the high alpine and descends through spruce and fir forest.


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7.1

Miles

11.4

KM

Singletrack

12,342' 3,762 m

High

10,567' 3,221 m

Low

43' 13 m

Up

1,818' 554 m

Down

5%

Avg Grade (3°)

28%

Max Grade (16°)

Dogs Unknown

E-Bikes Allowed

Open unless naturally closed by deep snow. Usually snowed in October 15th through June 1st.

Description

The Pole Creek Trail is 4 miles long. It begins at Forest Road 520 and ends at Colorado Trail.

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.

Contacts

Shared By:

Evan Chute with improvements by San Juanderer

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Oct 10, 2020
Mark Mastalski
I expected more from this section. it never really hits a good flow. Several miles at the top are rutted and braided by motos. It is a beautiful va…