Long Branch #489


The Long Branch Trail #489 begins the Long Branch Trailhead and ends at the Summit Trail #486 which is also a segment of the Continental Divide National Scenic Trail and the Colorado Trail.  This trail travels south and follows Long Branch Creek for entire length.  After intersecting with the Summit Trail, a loop can be accomplished by following the Summit trail west to its intersection with the Baldy Lake Trail #491which will take you north and back to its trailhead across from the Long Branch trailhead.

At a Glance

Open Season: June - October
Usage: Light
Best Season: Summer
Restrictions: Open to Hiking, Horseback, Mountain Bike, Motorcycle, and ATV.  
Closest Towns: Sargents, CO

General Information


Long Branch Trailhead:

From Gunnison, travel east on Highway 50 for approximately 32.5 miles to Long Branch Road, FSR #780.  Follow the Long Branch Road for approximately 2 miles, bear right at the next fork for about another mile to the Trailhead.


Long Branch Trailhead:  T. 47N., R. 4E., Section 4.  U.S.G.S. Map: West Baldy.  Elevation 8,800.



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  Area/Length : 
6.6 miles

  Elevation : 
8,800 - 11,122


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