Pets allowed
Allowed
Elevation Gain
3,104.00 ft (946.10 m)
Trail type
Shuttle
Distance
12.70 mi (20.44 km)
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Completed in 1987, the Colorado Trail stretches 485 magnificent miles from Denver to Durango. Along the way it meanders through high alpine mountains and valleys, offering a glimpse at some of the finest terrain Colorado has to offer. It traverses eight mountain ranges, six wilderness areas and stays above 10,000’ for the majority of the trail. Highlights include the Collegiate Range, where multiple 14ers are just off trail and can easily be climbed, and the San Juans, where the trail remains above tree line for days at a time and climbs to elevations of over 13,000’. There is also abundant wildlife along the Colorado Trail, ranging in size from small pika and marmot, to bear and moose.

The trail is divided into 28 different segments, each beginning at a trailhead accessible by vehicle. This accessibility is what makes the Colorado Trail special. Day hikers and section hikers can easily find their way to new segments of trail, while thru hikers can still enjoy a wild and rugged four to six week journey. Below is a description for Colorado Trail Segment 20.

 

Colorado Trail Segment 20

Eddiesville Trailhead to San Luis Pass

 

Beginning at Eddiesville Trailhead, segment 20 follows Cochetopa Creek up through a wide valley. Thru hikers heading south will be relieved that they are headed back into the mountains after spending the prior few days traversing primarily pasture land. For 9 miles the trail climbs steadily up this valley and through the beautiful La Garita Wilderness until it reaches a high saddle. Please note that the trail skirts around private land for the mile or two after leaving the trailhead (please be respectful and stay on trail).

Once you make it to the high pass you’ll have an excellent opportunity to climb San Luis Peak (14,014’). If you choose to, follow the trail to your right as it ascends 1,400 feet in 1.3 miles to the summit. Although rocky, the trail is easy to follow and not exceedingly difficult. The views from the summit of San Luis Peak are spectacular and well worth the extra effort. When finished, return the same 1.3 miles back to the Colorado Trail. Keep in mind that weather can change quickly in Colorado and climbing any 14er puts you at a more exposed risk to the elements. Evaluate conditions before beginning your ascent.

Continuing onward, the Colorado Trail skirts around some beautiful mountains and makes a small climb to cross the Continental Divide before arriving at San Luis Pass Trailhead. Please note that you cannot drive to this trailhead. The nearest road is just over a mile (via trail) to the south. Many thru hikers choose to exit here trail here to resupply in the nearby town of Creede.

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Logistics + Planning

Preferable season(s)

Summer
Fall

Congestion

Low

Parking Pass

None

Open Year-round

Yes

Pros

Scenic stretch of trail. Option to tag San Luis Peak.

Trailhead Elevation

10,317.00 ft (3,144.62 m)

Highest point

12,618.00 ft (3,845.97 m)

Features

Near lake or river
Backcountry camping
Wildlife
Fishing
Big vistas
Big Game Watching
Wildflowers
Bird watching

Typically multi-day

Yes

Suitable for

Horseback

Permit required

No

Location

Nearby Adventures

Nearby Lodging + Camping

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