Cow Creek #453


The Cow Creek Trail #453 begins and ends at the Coal Mesa Trail #451.  Parking is near the Soap Creek Campground where you follow the Coal Mesa Trail for approximately a mile to its intersection with the Cow Creek Trail.  This trail follows Cow Creek and it in the West Elk Wilderness for its entire length, so Wilderness Regulations apply.

At a Glance

Open Season: June
Usage: Light-Medium
Best Season: Summer
Busiest Season: Fall Hunting
Restrictions: Open to Hiking and Horseback.
Closest Towns: Gunnison, CO

General Information


Cow Creek Trail Access:

From Gunnison, travel west on Highway 50 for approximately 25 miles to the intersection with Highway 92.  Travel west on Hwy 92 for approximately 1 mile, over Blue Mesa Dam.  Once across the dam, turn east onto Soap Creek Road, FSR #721 and travel approximately 9 miles to the Soap Creek Campground.  The trailhead is located near the south end of the campground.


Cow Creek Trail Access:  T. 49N., R. 4W., Section 32.  U.S.G.S. Maps: Little Soap Park, Big Soap Park, and West Elk Peak.  Elevation: 7,740 feet.  A horse ramp and corrals are available adjacent to the Soap Creek Campground.



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  Area/Length : 
5.4 miles

  Elevation : 
8,103 - 10,631


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