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Cunningham Gulch Trail #502

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 3.5 (2)

A backcountry hotspot of the rugged Weminuche Wilderness, and one of the quickest options at reaching the CDT.


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Map Key

1.8

Miles

3.0

KM

70%

Runnable

12,142' 3,701 m

High

10,790' 3,289 m

Low

1,351' 412 m

Up

3' 1 m

Down

14%

Avg Grade (8°)

50%

Max Grade (26°)

Dogs Leashed

Features Commonly Backpacked · Fall Colors · Lake · River/Creek · Spring · Views · Waterfall · Wildflowers · Wildlife

Camping is permitted, but as per Weminuche Wilderness regulations, camping and disposal of human waste is not permitted within 100 feet of the streams or lakes. Pets must be under voice control or leash.

Description

Leaving the trailhead behind, the first half mile of the route rises through 700 feet of stunted high-alpine growth as the trail clambers towards treeline. Meeting with the Highland Mary Lakes connector, one last switchback brings you into the final patch of trees before a rolling tundra unveils unhindered mountain views off to the west, including Mount Rhonda, Kendall Peak and Little Giant Peak. From here, the trail never again drops below treeline, and at about 1.5 miles from the trailhead, the Cunningham Gulch trail ends at its intersection with the Continental Divide/Colorado trail.

Flora & Fauna

As most of this trail unfolds above treeline, the majority of your trail companions will be pikas and marmots.

In the brief hiatus from the region's heavy snowfall, the brilliant grasslands of the high-alpine tundra yield vivid fields of blooming wildflowers.

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Shared By:

Caroline Cordsen

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Awe inspiring views constantly surround you, even at the parking area!
Jul 17, 2017 near Silverton, CO
A variety of wildflowers blanket the grassy hills of the Continental Divide.
Jul 17, 2017 near Silverton, CO
Interesting photo ops adorn the trails throughout the Weminuche Wilderness.
Jul 17, 2017 near Silverton, CO
This is the meeting point of the Continental Divide Trail and the Colorado Trail.
May 12, 2017 near Silverton, CO

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