Tepee Creek Trail #1173

Area Status: Open

Difficulty:   Moderate grades

Trail Use:    Light use June through November.  Used mostly by bicyclists.

Length:       4.4 miles (7.1km) 

Elevation:   Starts at  9000ft (2743m) Forest Road 263 and ends at 9000 ft (2743m) - Forest Road 250

Highest Point:   9400 ft (2865m)




· From Yampa, follow State Highway 131 9.3 miles to Toponas. Where it forks, veer left taking State Highway 134. Follow 134 east 8.2 miles to Forest Service Road 270 (Cty Road 16) 3 miles to Forest Service Road 263 for.25 mile.  On the first switchback you will find the trailhead.


Trail Highlights::


Used mostly by bicyclists. This trail begins very near to Lynx Pass and takes you through Lodgepole pine forest. It climbs for the first mile and then crosses Forest Road 263.  This is the highest point of the trail, 9400 feet. From this point the trail goes downhill along Teepee Creek for its duration, in a southeasterly direction. At mile 3.2, the trail crosses an old logging road, which is now closed.

The trail continues on the north side of Tepee Creek. Along the trail, you will find good brook trout
fishing and beaver ponds. There is a tough crossing of downed longs at Rock Creek just at the east end of the trail.  Take care when crossing, as spring run-off can complicate this. The trail continues a short distance to Forest Service Road 250.


Important Information:

· Parking alongside switchback is very limited.  Park out of the way of logging trucks maneuvering the turn.  Additional parking is available at Lake La Guanita.

· No restroom facilities or drinking water available.  Rest facilities available at Lake La Guanita.


USGS Quad Map (s):


Lynx Pass, Gore Pass.  GENERAL USE MAP ON BACK.



At a Glance

Operational Hours: Open seasonally. Managed by the Yampa Ranger District. 970-638-4516
Closest Towns: Yampa, CO
Water: No
Restroom: No
Operated By: USFS

General Information


Follow State Highway 131 south from Yampa to State Highway 134 at Toponas, 9.3 miles. Follow 134 East to Forest Highway 270, 8.2 miles. Follow 270 north to Forest Road 263, 3miles. Follow 263 for ¼ mile. On the first switchback you will find the trailhead.


Parking is limited. Park out of the way of log trucks maneuvering the turn. Additional parking and rest facilities are available at Lake La Guanita.

General Notes:

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  Area/Length : 
4.4 miles

  Latitude : 

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  Elevation : 
9000 - 9400