Little Robinson #850

The Little Robinson Trail #850 begins at the Little Robinson Trailhead at the end of Forest Service Road 709, Coal Creek Road, and ends at an intersection with the Peter Creek Trail #856 and the Soap Creek Trail #443. As the trail exits the trailhead, it travels through scrub oak for about the first mile which is outside the West Elk Wilderness Area. Soon after entering the wilderness, it descends down and crosses Little Robinson Creek and climbs the opposite bank.  At this point it intersects the Kaufman Creek Trail #852, stay to the left to follow the Little Robinson Trail. The trail passes through groves of aspen, spruce/fir and small open parks, paralleling Little Robinson Creek most of its length. This trail is a gradual climb averaging an 8% slope, it is well-marked and once it reaches its end it provides access to Sheep Lake and Soap Basin. Water and camping are abundant.

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At a Glance

Open Season: June
Usage: Medium-Heavy
Best Season: Summer
Busiest Season: Fall Hunting
Restrictions: Open to hiking and horseback riding.
Closest Towns: Paonia, CO

General Information


From Paonia: Travel northeast on Highway 133 for approximately 15 miles to County Road 12, Kebler Pass Road. Turn onto CR 12 and travel east for approximately 1 mile to Forest Service Road #709, Coal Creek Road.  Travel south on FSR #709 for approximately 10 miles to the Little Robinson Trailhead near the end of the road.


T. 14 S.; R. 89 W.; Section 25. U.S.G.S. Map: West Beckwith Mountain. Elevation: 7,547 feet. Latitude: N38.808, Longitude: W-107.294.


Day Hiking


Horse Riding

Recreation Areas

Recreation Activities


  Area/Length : 
4.5 miles

  Elevation : 
7,600 - 9,200 ft