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Recommended Routes in Rio Grande National Forest - 7

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Favorite Looking east toward the peaks above Willow Lake.
Very Difficult

Kit Carson and Challenger

14.1 mi 22.6 km 5,550' Up 1691.67 m Up 5,550' Down 1691.69 m Down

Crestone, CO
Favorite Camping at Lake Como
Very Difficult

Tour de Little Bear

2.7 mi 4.3 km 2,168' Up 660.89 m Up 2,167' Down 660.59 m Down

Alamosa…, CO
Favorite Sign at the trailhead.
Difficult

Middle Creek Flyathlon Long Course

12.5 mi 20.1 km 2,312' Up 704.79 m Up 2,321' Down 707.48 m Down

Saguache, CO
Favorite KT with a giant hybrid cutthroat trout from Upper Sand Creek Lake.
Difficult

Music Pass Trail to Upper Sand Creek Lake

8.4 mi 13.5 km 1,858' Up 566.25 m Up 1,858' Down 566.28 m Down

Westcliffe, CO
Favorite The beetle kill is wide reaching in this corner of the San Juans.
Intermediate/Difficult

Wheeler Geologic Area to Halfmoon Pass

20.4 mi 32.8 km 3,674' Up 1119.73 m Up 3,676' Down 1120.42 m Down

Creede, CO
Favorite San Luis summit.
Intermediate/Difficult

San Luis Peak - South Summit Route

15.0 mi 24.1 km 3,784' Up 1153.5 m Up 3,783' Down 1153.19 m Down

Creede, CO
Favorite San Luis summit.
Intermediate

San Luis Peak - North Summit Route

12.6 mi 20.3 km 3,563' Up 1085.97 m Up 3,563' Down 1085.86 m Down

Creede, CO

Rio Grande National Forest Running

  • 1,316 Miles 2,118 Kilometers of Trail
  • 7 Recommended Routes
  • 14 Easy Trails Easy Trails
  • 106 Intermediate Trails Intermediate Trails
  • 99 Difficult Trails Difficult Trails
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Trails in Rio Grande National Forest - 212

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4.8 mi 7.8 km #1Willow Lake Trail
Intermediate/Difficult
Crestone, CO
Intermediate/Difficult
Crestone, CO 10 
0.6 mi 1.0 km #2Crestone Needle South Face
Very Difficult
Crestone, CO
Very Difficult
Crestone, CO
2.5 mi 4.0 km #3Cottonwood Pass Trail
Intermediate
Crestone, CO
Intermediate
Crestone, CO
14.9 mi 24.0 km #4CT - Segment 21: San Luis Pass to Spring Creek Pass
Difficult
Creede, CO
Difficult
Creede, CO
1.5 mi 2.4 km #5Big Meadows Loop Trail #843
Intermediate
Creede, CO
Intermediate
Creede, CO
7.9 mi 12.7 km #6CDT: Beartown to Stony Pass (CO Sec. 9)
Intermediate
Silverton, CO
Intermediate
Silverton, CO
17.5 mi 28.2 km #7CT - Segment 22: Spring Creek Pass to Carson Saddle
Intermediate
Lake City, CO
Intermediate
Lake City, CO
15.3 mi 24.6 km #8Elk Creek Trail #731
Intermediate
Conejos, CO
Intermediate
Conejos, CO
3.5 mi 5.7 km #9Medano Lake Trail
Difficult
Westcliffe, CO
Difficult
Westcliffe, CO
16.0 mi 25.7 km #10CT - Segment 23: Carson Saddle to Stony Pass
Intermediate/Difficult
Lake City, CO
Intermediate/Difficult
Lake City, CO

Photos of Rio Grande National Forest - 104

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Easy going on the Colorado Divide Trail (CDT).
Jul 30, 2016 near Silverton, CO
Looking east toward the peaks above Willow Lake.
Sep 5, 2017 near Crestone, CO
View of Kit Carson Peak and San Luis Valley.
Jun 18, 2019 near Crestone, CO
Willow Lake moonrise.
Sep 5, 2017 near Crestone, CO
Looking towards the Rito Alto Lake valley after crossing the 1st pass.
Dec 12, 2015 near Crestone, CO
San Luis summit.
Jul 14, 2016 near Creede, CO
Willow Park, about a third of the way from trailhead to Willow Lake, is a one hour walk. This is early winter. The trail goes right by Willow Park so you can't possibly miss it. Challenger Point is seen in the middle; Willow Lake is in the bowl on left.
Apr 10, 2019 near Crestone, CO
Looking back on the San Luis Valley after entering the meadow.
Jun 18, 2019 near Crestone, CO