Pole Creek Trail
ElevationAscent: 43' 13 m
Descent: -1,818' -554 m
High: 12,342' 3,762 m
Low: 10,567' 3,221 m
GradeAvg Grade: 5% (3°)
Max Grade: 28% (16°)
Popular runs nearby
Redcloud and Sunshine
11.4 mi 18.4 km • Loop • 4,297 ft Ascent 1309.77 m Ascent
Singletrack Lake City, CO( 5 )
Handies Peak - Southwest Slopes
5.4 mi 8.7 km • Out and Back • 2,377 ft Ascent 724.45 m Ascent
Singletrack Lake City, CO( 14 )
Highland Mary Lakes Loop
7.8 mi 12.5 km • Loop • 1,824 ft Ascent 555.88 m Ascent
Singletrack Silverton, CO( 7 )
Silverton Ultra Marathon - 55k
38.3 mi 61.6 km • Loop • 7,040 ft Ascent 2145.72 m Ascent
Singletrack Silverton, CO( 1 )
104.3 mi 167.8 km • Loop • 32,056 ft Ascent 9770.54 m Ascent
Singletrack Silverton, CO( 5 )
Crystal Lake from Lake City
10.0 mi 16.2 km • Loop • 3,108 ft Ascent 947.44 m Ascent
Singletrack Lake City, CO( 1 )
Navigate on-trail with our free app
“Rolling singletrack that starts in the high alpine and descends through spruce and fir forest.”— Evan Chute
A series of small waterfalls, natural arches and crystal clear pools can be viewed on Pole Creek, about 0.25 mile south of the junction of West Pole Creek Trail. The falls are not visible from the trail, but the sound of falling water can be heard if you listen carefully. Turn west off the main trail and take the short side trip from the trail to the creek to see the falls and arches.
Good camping places are available along the lower 4.0 miles of this trail. Domestic sheep graze the upper area near the Continental Divide. Cattle occasionally graze the lower east slope of Pole Creek.
After entering a scattered patch of spruce/fir about 0.25 miles from the Stony Pass Road the trail begins to enter the wide open parks that characterize the Pole Creek Valley to its end at the intersection of FDT#787 (La Garita Stock Driveway Trail).
From Creede, CO. Travel west on State Hwy 149 for 19 miles. Turn left and travel west 24 miles on Forest Road 520. The trail starts just before you cross Pole Creek itself in a large meadow.
Run this trail?
We need help with the following missing trail information:
Photos, Need to Know, Dogs Allowed, Features, Flora & Fauna, Runner Notes
Land Manager: USFS - San Juan National Forest Office
Aug 20, 2019: Boggy Draw Prescribed Fire Update
Aug 19, 2019: San Juan National Forest Thanks Volunteers