Swampy Pass #439


The Swampy Trail #439 begins at the Swampy Pass Trailhead and ends at its intersection with the Lowline Trail #438 on the Paonia Ranger District.  This area is an especially scenic one, with well marked and consistent trails averaging only a 7% slope. It offers the backpacker and horseback rider great opportunities for an overnight trip in conjunction with the Lowline Trail #438 and the Cliff Creek Trail #840.  This trail is within the West Elk Wilderness where wilderness regulations apply. The trail rises moderately toward Swampy Pass and winds through open stands of aspen and spruce trees. Near Swampy Pass, the views of the Anthracite Range are very good.

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At a Glance

Open Season: June
Usage: Medium-Heavy
Best Season: Summer
Restrictions: Open to hiking and horseback riding. Open to mountain bikes from the Trailhead to the Wilderness boundary.
Closest Towns: Crested Butte, CO

General Information


Swampy Pass Trailhead:

From Gunnison: Travel north on Highway 135 to Gunnison County Road 730, Ohio Creek Road.  Follow CR 730 approximately 18 miles to the Swampy Pass Trailhead.

From Crested Butte: Travel west on Gunnison County Road 12, Kebler Pass Road, for approximately 5.5 miles until the intersection with Gunnison County Road 730, Ohio Pass Road.  Follow CR 730 for approximately 4 miles to the Swampy Pass Trailhead.


Swampy Pass Trailhead:

T. 15S., R. 88W., Section 26.  U.S.G.S. Map: Mt. Axtel.  Elevation: 9,043 feet. Latitude: N38.801, Longitude: W-107.087.



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  Area/Length : 
4.8 miles

  Elevation : 
9,043 - 10,180 ft


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