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
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.


Mountain Biking

Lake and Pond Fishing

Cowboy Lake for trout. Silver Jack Reservoir for Rainbow, Cutthroat, and Brook Trout.

Day Hiking

Horse Riding

OHV Trail Riding

Open to Motorcycle and ATVs less then 50 inches in width.

Recreation Areas

Recreation Activities


  Area/Length : 
4.4 miles

  Elevation : 
8,895 ft. - 9,495 ft.


Smokey Bear on ATV

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