West Bellows Trail #871

Area Status: Open
This area is Open

The West Bellows trail is 5.3 miles long. It begins at Private Land and ends at Forest Trail 790. The trail is open for the following uses: Foot Travel and Horseback Riding. This trail is within the La Garita Wilderness Area.

This trailhead is accessed by driving thru private property. The Forest Service does not have an easement thru this private property. Hikers must call the La Garita Ranch and receive permission to drive to the trailhead. Opportunities for good fishing exist along West Bellows Creek, but camping areas are rare in this drainage. Views of spectacular cliffs and rugged country can be seen while hiking up the narrow canyon. The trail crosses West Bellows Creek many times. Hikers can count on getting their feet wet. Creek crossings are not safe during the time of spring snow melt.

The trail makes a moderately steep climb paralleling West Bellows Creek for its entire length. Many creek crossings exist. The canyon bottom is narrow, with rugged cliffs towering above the trail in the upper portions of the drainage. The trail winds along and through several rocky sections. The trail then joins FDT#790 to the Wheeler Geologic Area about ½ mile below the base of the formations.

At a Glance

Current Conditions: More difficult - elevation gain 2,400 feet
Usage: Light
Restrictions: No Motorized Vehicles. Wilderness Area
Closest Towns: Creede, CO
Water: No
Restroom: No
Operated By: Forest Service

General Information

Directions: From the town of Creede, CO take State highway 149 south for 8 miles. Turn left on Forest Road 600-Pool Table Road. As you start down the road take another quick left on the private road. Follow the road to the La Garita Ranch where you must ask for permission to access the trail.



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  Area/Length : 
5.3 miles

  Elevation : 
8800 - 11200