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Ute Creek Trail #819

Rio Grande National Forest

Available to hikers, and horseback riders, Ute Creek Trail begins with a difficult crossing of the Rio Grande, if you choose not to use the Ski Hi Ranch foot bridge. Early summer crossings of the river at the trailhead should not be attempted. After crossing the river, Ute Creek Trail climbs a gentle grade along the east facing slope of Ute Creek. After about 2 miles the trail is carved into a segment of cliff-like area for 0.25 mile, then travels fairly parallel to Ute Creek for about a mile. The trail then turns away from the creek and begins a steep ascent toward Black Lake, with several switchbacks along the way. After passing the shore of Black Lake.

Three small creek crossings are necessary after leaving the lake, after which the trail makes a short climb to it's junction with the Continental Divide Trail at Twin Ute Lakes. The best camping sites are located from Black Lake to just below Twin Ute Lakes.

To reach Ute Creek Trail from Creede Colorado, travel southwest along CO 149 for 20.1 miles to it's intersection with FR 520 (Upper Rio Grande River Road), then travel 16 miles to the Ute Creek Trailhead. which begins on the south bank of the Rio Grande River.

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