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Wellington Ditch Trail

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 3.0 (1)

A sunny foothills trail connecting Montville Nature Trail to the Pinyon Flats Campground.


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0.9

Miles

1.5

KM

100%

Runnable

8,355' 2,547 m

High

8,308' 2,532 m

Low

18' 5 m

Up

57' 17 m

Down

2%

Avg Grade (1°)

6%

Max Grade (3°)

Dogs Leashed

Features Birding · Views

Runner Notes

A smooth, easy trail with great footing. A great way to connect from Mosca Pass Trail to the northern trails at the park without having to run on the road. The trail will likely be snow-covered in the winter.

Description

The Wellington Ditch Trail is an easy, mostly level trail that connects from the Montville Nature Trail to the southeastern end of the Pinyon Flats Campground. The trail skirts along the foothills of the Sangre de Cristos, weaving in and out of stands of scrubby pinon pine trees and rocky mountain juniper. The trail passes through a more sunny, arid climate so you'll see lots of prickly pear cactus and yucca along the trail.

To the west, you'll have great views across the valley of the sand dunes and Medano Creek. The trail ends at the campground where you can choose to either run back the way you came or continue onto the other trails on the north side of the campground or make a loop down to the dunes on the Dunes Access from Campground Trail.

This trail is great on windy days as it is more sheltered from the wind, and you can enjoy the views of the sand dunes without getting actively exfoliated by them.

Flora & Fauna

Pinon pine, rocky mountain juniper, yucca, and prickly pear cactus.

Elk, deer, rabbits, squirrels, and chipmunks. You will see or hear many birds such as pine siskins, juncos, bluebirds, robins, grosbeaks, magpies, ravens, hawks, and woodpeckers.

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Shared By:

Kristen Arendt

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  3.0 from 1 vote

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Photos

View of the dunes from the Wellington Ditch Trail
Sep 21, 2019 near Crestone, CO
A stormy sky over the mountains and a snowy Wellington Ditch Trail.
Feb 15, 2016 near Crestone, CO
Looking across the valley at the dunes.
Feb 23, 2016 near Crestone, CO
Looking at the San De Cresto Mountains from the Wellington Ditch Trail.
Apr 8, 2019 near Crestone, CO
Wellington Ditch Trail wrapping around the foothills.
Feb 15, 2016 near Crestone, CO
The view out toward the dunes from Wellington Ditch Trail.
Feb 15, 2016 near Crestone, CO

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