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Recommended Routes in Rio Grande National Forest - 4

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Favorite San Luis summit.
Intermediate

San Luis Peak: North Summit Route

13.1 mi 21.0 km 3,522' Up 1073.43 m Up 3,521' Down 1073.29 m Down

Creede, 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 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 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

Rio Grande National Forest Running

  • 751 Miles 1,208 Kilometers of Trail
  • 4 Recommended Routes
  • 7 Easy Trails Easy Trails
  • 70 Intermediate Trails Intermediate Trails
  • 57 Difficult Trails Difficult Trails
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Trails in Rio Grande National Forest - 130

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6.5 mi 10.4 km #1Stewart Creek Trail #470
Intermediate
Creede, CO
Intermediate
Creede, CO
12.7 mi 20.4 km #2CT - Segment 20: Eddiesville to San Luis Pass
Intermediate/Difficult
Creede, CO
Intermediate/Difficult
Creede, CO
14.9 mi 24.0 km #3CT - Segment 21: San Luis Pass to Spring Creek Pass
Difficult
Creede, CO
Difficult
Creede, CO
12.9 mi 20.8 km #4CDT: San Luis Pass to Eddiesville (CO Sec. 13)
Intermediate
Creede, CO
Intermediate
Creede, CO
14.0 mi 22.5 km #5CDT: Eddiesville to Saguache Park Road (CO Sec. 14)
Intermediate
Creede, CO
Intermediate
Creede, CO
1.8 mi 3.0 km #6West Willow Creek 4WD Road
Intermediate
Creede, CO
Intermediate
Creede, CO
1.2 mi 1.9 km #7West Willow Creek to Colorado Trail Connector
Difficult
Creede, CO
Difficult
Creede, CO
1.4 mi 2.2 km #8San Luis Peak Trail (Southern Ridge)
Intermediate
Creede, CO
Intermediate
Creede, CO
1.4 mi 2.2 km #9San Luis Pass Trail #882
Intermediate
Creede, CO
Intermediate
Creede, CO
16.1 mi 26.0 km #10Machin Basin Trail #784
Intermediate
Creede, CO
Intermediate
Creede, CO

Photos of Rio Grande National Forest - 126

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Looking towards the Rito Alto Lake valley after crossing the 1st pass.
Dec 12, 2015 near Crestone, CO
Easy going on the Colorado Divide Trail (CDT).
Jul 30, 2016 near Silverton, CO
Willow Lake moonrise.
Sep 5, 2017 near Crestone, 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
Evening light from Hermit Pass, around 13,000ft, towards Rio Alto bowl
Oct 11, 2021 near Crestone, CO
One of the San Francisco Lakes—end of the trail.
Oct 16, 2021 near Del Norte, CO
Music Pass looking west
Feb 8, 2022 near Crestone, CO