Ivy Creek Trail # 805

Area Status: Open
This area is Open
 

The Ivy Creek trail is 12 miles long. It begins at Ivy Creek Campground and ends at CDT 813.  THE LAST 1/2 MILE OF THE TRAIL BETWEEN LITTLE GOOSE LAKE AND THE CONTINENTAL DIVIDE TRAIL IS IMPASSIBLE TO STOCK ANIMALS,  HIKERS CAN GET THROUGH.

The Ivy Creek trail follows Ivy Creek for the first several miles and then switchbacks take the hiker up and out of the Ivy Creek drainage.

Good camping spots are not hard to find along most of the trail. The trail crosses Ivy Creek several times and crossing in the early spring can be dangerous in the spring due to high water. The trail leaves the campground without any hard climbing. It will cross Ivy Creek within one mile of the trailhead and continue on a very gradual climb through open parks adjacent to Ivy Creek for another 1 ½ to 2 miles. It then leaves the immediate creek bottom and climbs through spruce-fir stands before coming back to Ivy Creek.

At this point, the trail crosses the creek again and then meanders along the edge of an open park for about ½ mile.

The trail then enters the timber again and begins a steep mile long climb to the divide between Fisher and Ivy Creeks. Once at the open park on the divide, the trail flattens out considerably. Shortly, the trail enters the timber again, and passes through a series of parks and scattered timber for the distance to Goose Lake. The trail is well defined for its entire length.

The trail is open for the following uses: Foot and horse travel only. Trail is a Weminuche Wilderness Trail leading to the Goose Lake and the Continental Divide Trail.

Hikers and Horse users must park vehicles/horse trailers and must unload their stock before crossing the cattle guard. There is room here for turning around, parking and there is a hitch rail / highline for tying up stock. Hikers, riders, and pack stock can then move up the road through a wire gate beside the cattle guard, on past the campground to access Ivy Creek Trail and go on into the Weminuche Wilderness about ½ mile upstream after leaving the campground.

At a Glance

Usage: Medium
Restrictions: No motorized Vehicles
Closest Towns: Creede, CO
Water: No
Restroom: Toilet at trailhead only
Operated By: Forest Service

General Information

Directions: Directions from Creede: Travel southwest on Colorado Highway 149 for 6 miles, to the intersection of Colorado Highway 149 and Forest Road #523 (Middle Creek Road), then south on Middle Creek Road #523 for approximately 4 miles, to the intersection of Road #523 and Lime Creek Road #528. Stay to the left at the "Y" intersection and follow the Lime Creek Road #528 for approximately 3 miles to the intersection of Road #528 and Red Mountain Creek Road #526. Continue south on the Red Mountain Creek Road #526 for approximately 3 miles to the trailhead at the campground.

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  Area/Length : 
12 miles

  Latitude : 
37.68179495

  Longitude : 
-106.9993864

  Elevation : 
9400 - 13000

 



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