Shallow Creek Trail # 897

Area Status: Open
This area is Open
 

The Shallow Creek trail is 2.3 miles long. It begins at Forest Road 508 and ends at Section 36 (dead End).

The trail starts at the end of FDR#508 west of a parking area with a few scattered camping sites. The trail begins as an old road and immediately crosses the creek. Continue walking west on the willow-lined and boggy grass path to make numerous creek crossings. At approx. ¼ mile, a 4th creek crossing enters into a boggy meadow with a beaver pond on the west side. A beaver pond also lines the 5th creek crossing. Now the trail leads to the north side of the canyon and stays on hilly and rocky terrain. You will pass a mature cottonwood stand before entering the 6th creek crossing. At 1 mile an aspen and spruce forest dominant. At the 1.2 mile mark the trail becomes narrow and rocky.
The trail passes next to an old beaver dam before opening up to a grassy meadow and valley.

From here the trail heads north and then west to climb a steep ridge. The trail now passes through 2 beautiful aspen forests.

At the 2 mile mark an intersecting trail comes in from the north. Stay on the trail heading west and start looking for the remains of 2 old miner’s cabins in the aspens. The trail passes a spring and ends at a last creek crossing right before entering the private property of a hilltop yurt.

The trail is open for the following uses: Foot Travel, Horseback Riding, Mtn Biking

At a Glance

Usage: Light
Restrictions: No Motorized Vehicles
Closest Towns: Creede, CO
Water: No
Restroom: No
Operated By: Forest Service

General Information

Directions: From the Town of Creede, Travel West on State Highway 149 for 3 miles. Turn right and travel northwest on Forest Road 507 (Miners CreekRoad) Travel on miners creek road for 1.5 miles. Turn left and travel west on Forest Road 508 for 1 mile to the dead end/Shalow Creek Trailhead.

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