Little Elk Basin #892

  

The Little Elk Basin Trail #892 begins at an intersection with the Inter-Ocean Pass Trail #890 and ends at an intersection with the Throughline Trail #860. After departing the intersection of the Inter-Ocean Pass Trail, it climbs rather rapidly through aspen forest to the top of Second Creek Ridge. It contours around a south facing slope that is covered with sparse timber and brush. This portion of the trail allows good views of a big area to the south and west including Saddle Mountain. The trail comes to another ridge where it enters into the West Elk Wilderness and begins a decent through aspen into Little Elk Basin. The last portion of trail before descending into Smith Fork Creek is steep and rocky. After crossing Smith Fork Creek, the trail is easily followed as it climbs to the south to join the Throughline Trail #860. Elk, deer, and bear are sometimes seen along this trail as well as domestic livestock.

Geo-Ref Trail Map   Geo-Reference Instructions 

At a Glance

Open Season: May - November
Usage: Light
Best Season: Summer
Busiest Season: Fall Hunting
Restrictions: Open to hiking and horseback riding. Open to mountain bikes for the first 2 miles from the Inter-Ocean Pass Trail to the West Elk Wilderness boundary.
Closest Towns: Crawford, CO

General Information

Directions:

Inter-Ocean Pass Trail:

From Crawford: Turn east onto Dogwood Ave. and continue straight. After approximately 0.9 miles, Dogwood Ave. turns into Needle Rock Road. At approximately 2.3 miles, Needle Rock Road intersects 4200 Road, continue straight on 4200 Road to the intersection with Cottonwood Creek Road. Turn right onto Cottonwood Creek Road and continue for approximately 3.4 miles to the forest boundary. The Little Coal Creek Jeep Trail #883 begins at the forest boundary, follow this trail for approximately 1.7 miles to a parking area for the Inter-Ocean Pass Trail #890. Continue on foot or horseback on the Inter-Ocean Pass Trail for approximately 0.8 miles to the intersection with the Little Elk Basin Trail.

Throughline Smith Fork TH:

From Crawford: Turn east onto Dogwood Ave. and continue straight. After approximately 0.9 miles, Dogwood Ave. turns into Needle Rock Road. At approximately 2.3 miles, Needle Rock Road intersects 4200 Road, turn right and stay on Needle Rock Road.  After passing the Needle Rock and the Smith Fork Ranch, the road will cross Smith Fork Creek and a cattle guard over Cow Creek which enters National Forest where Needle Rock Rd. becomes Forest Service Road #712.  Continue to approximately 8.3 miles and the intersection with Forest Service Road #714, Virginia Creek Road. FSR #714 veers to the right at the National Forest Access sign. Continue for another 0.9 miles where there is a sign on Virginia Creek Road for the Through Line and Sink Creek trails, stay to the left. There is an orange gate and parking for truck and trailers, pass through the gate and the trailhead is about four tenth of a mile further. Follow the Through Line Trail #860 for approximately 2.7 miles to the intersection with the Little Elk Basin Trail.


Parking:

National Forest Boundary:

T. 15 S.; R. 91 W.; Section 14. U.S.G.S. Map: Crawford. Elevation: 7,589 feet. Latitude: N38.741, Longitude: W-107.532.

Throughline Smith Fork Trailhead:

T. 15 S.; R. 90 W.; Section: 28. U.S.G.S. Map: Mount Guero. Elevation: 7,656 feet. Latitude: N38.719, Longitude: W-107.454.


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Location

 
  Area/Length : 
5.9 miles

  Elevation : 
8,400 - 10,000 ft

 



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