Morrison Divide (Muddy Slide) Trail #1174

Area Status: Open

This 13.3, moderate trail begins adjacent to private land and proceeds southwest, passing through sagebrush-covered meadows, for the first 0.5 mile.  Continuing in a southwesterly direction, it climbs a small hill covered with Lodgepole pine and then descends to Muddy Creek at mile 1.1.  Turning east, it gradually ascends to an elevation of 8600 feet.  The trail drops to Clear Creek and then follows Clear Creek’s drainages back up the east slope of Green Ridge.  Several switchbacks are required to make the climb.  The trail finally breaks onto the ridge top at an elevation of 10258 feet and approaches Muddy Slide from the north.  Muddy Slide is a geologic landslide which occurred before the arrival of white man.  This stop point offers spectacular views of the Morrison Creek Valley and Sarvis Creek Wilderness.  The remainder of the trail passes through Lodgepole Pine following the east slope of Green Ridge to Lynx Pass, with scenic vistas along the way. It has moderate grades, is considered technical for bicyclists and experiences high ATV/OHV traffic.

No water or rest facilities are available at trailheads. Rest facilities available at southern switchback below Lynx Pass at Lagunta Lake.

Parking is limited.  Private land surrounds Access #1. 

At a Glance

Operational Hours: Open seasonally. For conditions, contact the Yampa Ranger District. 970-638-4516
Fees: Free
Open Season: June - November
Usage: Light
Busiest Season: Colorado Big Game Season
Closest Towns: Yampa, CO
Water: No
Restroom: No
Information Center: Yampa Ranger District
300 Roselawn St
Yampa, CO 80483

General Information


Access Point #1:  From Yampa, follow State Highway 131 north  towards Steamboat 8 miles to County Road 14 where you will see a sign to Stagecoach State Park.  Follow 14 to County Road 16, 3.2 miles. Follow 16 south 11.0 miles to trailhead.

Access Point #1:  From Yampa, follow State Highway 131 9.3 miles to Toponas, at the fork, take Highway 134 east 8.2 miles to Forest Service Road 270 (CTY Road 16). Follow 270 north 3 miles to Lynx Pass and trailhead.


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