Navajo Ridge #857

The Navajo Flats Trail #857 begins at the intersection with the Through Line Trail #860 in a park below the old Navajo corrals, and ends at an intersection with the Kaufman Creek Trail #852.  It enters and remains in aspen for its length, although it opens up frequently for views of Mount Gunnison. This trail is little used but it does provide access between the Through Line and Kaufman trails and elk and deer are numerous. No water exists and an average slope of 13% eliminates most camping. The route is easy to follow, with a good tread way and lies within the West Elk Wilderness.

Geo-Ref Trail Map   Geo-Reference Instructions

At a Glance

Open Season: June
Usage: Light
Best Season: Summer
Busiest Season: Fall Hunting
Restrictions: Open to hiking and horseback riding.
Closest Towns: Paonia, CO

General Information


Throughline/Coal Creek Trailhead:

From Paonia: Travel northeast on Highway 133 for approximately 15 miles to County Road 12, Kebler Pass Road. Turn onto CR 12 and travel east for approximately 1 mile to Forest Service Road #709, Coal Creek Road. Travel south on FSR #709 for approximately 8.5 miles. Turn right and cross Coal Creek into the Throughline Trailhead. Follow the Throughline Trail #860 for approximately 2.5 miles to the intersection with the Navajo Trail.


T. 14 S.; R. 89 W.; Section 26. U.S.G.S. Map: West Beckwith Mountain. Elevation: 7,304 feet. Latitude: N38.812, Longitude: W-107.314.


Day Hiking


Horse Riding

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  Area/Length : 
2.7 miles

  Elevation : 
7,800 - 8,900 ft