Lou Creek #222


The Lou Creek Trail #222 begins at an intersection with the Cow Boy Lake Trail #244 and ends where it intersects the Nate Creek Trail #221 and the Deer Creek Trail #223.  This trail climbs an aspen covered hillside as you ascend to Lou Creek Pass which raises to 10,870 feet. It passes Cowboy Lake along its way which provides trout fishing opportunities. The views are spectacular of the surrounding San Juan Mountains.  

At a Glance

Open Season: June - November
Usage: Heavy
Best Season: Summer
Busiest Season: Summer
Restrictions: Open to Hiking, Horseback, Mountain Bike, Motorcycle and ATVs less then 50 inches in width.
Closest Towns: Ridgeway, CO

General Information


From Montrose:

Travel east on Hwy 50 for approximately 20.5 miles to the intersection with County road 858, Big Cimarron Road. Turn right onto CR 858, which becomes Forest Service Road 858 at the National Forest boundary, and continue south for approximately 17.6 miles to the intersection with FSR 858.3I. Turn right onto FSR 858.3I and continue to the Silver Jack Overlook, about 0.5 miles, to where the Cowboy Lake Trail #244 begins. Follow the Cowboy Lake Trail for approximately 0.5 miles to the beginning of the Lou Creek Trail.


T. 46 N.; R. 6 W.; Section 17. U.S.G.S. Map: Courthouse Mountain. Elevation: 8,895 feet. Latitude: N38.323, Longitude: W-107.541.



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  Area/Length : 
4.4 miles

  Elevation : 
8,895 ft. - 9,495 ft.


log cabin with red roof in meadow surrounded by aspens in leafing out in early spring

Silesca Ranger Station- one of several cabins you can reserve on our forest.

tent in woods

Just about all the shelter you need for a night in the backcountry!

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RV camping with many of the comforts of home!