The Atkinson Trail #624 serves as a connecting route between the Atkinson Bench Trail #622 and the Spring Creek Trail #616. The Atkinson Trail descends off of a bench near the head of one of the northern forks of the Big Atkinson drainage, crosses two of the southern forks of the Big Atkinson drainage, and then intersects with the Spring Creek Trail on a bench above the Spring Creek drainage. The trail travels through dense spruce, fir, and aspen stand as well as open meadows.
At a Glance
||Open to Hiking and Horseback.
||Grand Junction, CO
The Upper Atkinson Trailhead is located off the Atkinson Bench Trail, just below the Atkinson Bench Trailhead’s junction with the Johnson Basin Road, FSR #425. Travel 26.1 miles south on the Divide Road from the Northern Forest Boundary to the Johnson Basin Road (the Tongue Road) intersection. Turn right (south) onto the Johnson Basin Road and travel 0.7 miles to the junction with the Club Cow Camp Road, FSR #425.2, which forks right (north) off the Johnson Basin Road. At this intersection, the Atkinson Bench Northern Trailhead is located on the south side of the Johnson Basin Road, opposite the Club Cow Camp Road. Travel down the Atkinson Bench Trail from the northern trailhead 0.36 miles to the Upper Atkinson Trailhead.
To access the Lower Atkinson Trailhead, travel south from the Northern Forest Boundary on the Divide Road 28.1 miles to its intersection with the Spring Creek Truck Trail, FSR #668, which is located south of the Mesa/Montrose County Line. Turn right (southwest) onto the Spring Creek Truck Trail and travel 2.05 miles to a forked intersection. At this intersection the Spring Creek Truck Trail continues on the left and the right fork is the beginning of the Spring Creek Trail #616. Turn right and head north on the Spring Creek Trail for approximately 2.75 miles to the Lower Atkinson Trailhead.
Off the Atkinson Bench Trail #623. T. 49N., R. 16W., Sec. 24. U.S.G.S. Map: Snipe Mountain.
Off the Spring Creek Trail #616. T. 49N., R. 16W., Sec. 26. U.S.G.S. Map: Windy Point.