The Cheesman Canyon Trailhead is located along Jefferson County Route 126, approximately 22 miles from south of Pine Junction from US Highway 285.

The five-mile Gill Trail #610 follows the South Platte River through Cheesman Canyon and ends at the upper Cheesman Reservoir trailhead. The trail is difficult and steep in many sections and there are no facilities in the canyon. Help protect the canyon by staying on designated trails.

User Regulations:

  • No fees; donations accepted
  • No overnight use
  • No overnight parking
  • Park in designated spaces only

Cheesman Canyon

  • Flies and lures only
  • Catch and release only
  • Stay on designated trails
  • Dogs must be leashed at all times
  • Pack it in, Pack it out

Protect these waters from Aquatic Nuisance Species.

At a Glance

Operational Hours: Although open year-round, access during the winter may be limited due to snow.
Open Season: Open year-round
Best Season: Summer to fall
Busiest Season: Summer
Restrictions: The following restrictions apply to this trail:
  • Please keep dogs leashed at all times or leave them at home.
  • Pack it in; pack it out.
  • Practice Leave No Trace principles.
  • Stay on designated trail. Do not cut switchbacks.
Closest Towns: Buffalo Creek
Water: No
Restroom: Vault toilet
Operated By: Forest Service
Information Center: Appears on the following maps:
  • Pike National Forest
  • USGS Quad Green Mountain
  • National Geographic Trails Illustrated #135 (Deckers / Rampart Range)
  • National Geographic Trails Illustrated #105 (Tarryall Mountains / Kenosha Pass)
Contact the South Platte Ranger District at 303.275.5610 for more information.


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