Hope Creek Trail # 838

Area Status: Open
This area is Open

The Hope Creek trail is 6.1 miles long. It begins at Forest Road 430 and ends at Forest Trail 832.

This trail goes from timbered land along the creek to high alpine areas at the base of Sawtooth Mountain. The first two miles, up to the Weminuche Wilderness boundary, are on a gentle incline along the creek. The trail then climbs more steeply, alternately passing through meadows and spruce timber stands. From several locations the view across Hope Creek to the bowls of Mount Hope, and other mountain ranges  offers magnificent scenery. The last ½ mile of the trail is above timberline.

The trail is open for the following uses: Foot travel, horseback riding. This trail leads into the Weminuche Wilderness.

At a Glance

Usage: Medium
Restrictions: No Motorized Vehicles
Closest Towns: South Fork, CO
Water: No
Restroom: No
Operated By: Forest Service

General Information

Directions: From the town of South Fork, travel west on US Hwy 160 for 11 miles. Take a right at the Big Meadows Reservior turnoff. Travel on Forest Road 410 for 2 miles to the lake. Continue past the lake on Forest Road 430 for another mile. The trail takes off the road here to the west and into the Weminuche Wilderness. This is a trail used to access the Continental Divide Trail and to climb Sawtooth Mountain.

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  Area/Length : 
6.1 miles

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  Elevation : 
9500 - 12000