Ben Tyler Trail

Shawnee, Colorado

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Ben Tyler who lived with his family in the gulch along a creek that now also bears his name. Tyler made his money by hauling lumber to South Park for the booming town of Fairplay during the gold rush. Beginning almost at the trailhead itself, the trail climbs steeply in a dozen or so switchbacks. The trail then flattens out and the creek that has been down in the gulch now flows on the left and provides easy access for a wallow or swim for your dog.
Best Hikes with Dogs: Colorado

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Best Hikes with Dogs: Colorado

by Ania Savage (The Mountaineers Books)

Ben Tyler who lived with his family in the gulch along a creek that now also bears his name. Tyler made his money by hauling lumber to South Park for the booming town of Fairplay during the gold rush.

Beginning almost at the trailhead itself, the trail climbs steeply in a dozen or so switchbacks. The trail then flattens out and the creek that has been down in the gulch now flows on the left and provides easy access for a wallow or swim for your dog.

©  Ania Savage/The Mountaineers Books. All Rights Reserved.

Activity Type: Hiking
Nearby City: Shawnee
Distance: 10
Elevation Gain: 3,200 feet
Trail Type: Out-and-back
Duration: 9 to 10 hours
Season: Best May to July; Septmebr to early October
Trailhead Elevation: 8,200 feet
Top Elevation: 11,600 feet
Accessibility: Dog-friendly
Local Contacts: Pike National Forest, South Park Ranger District
Local Maps: USGS Shawnee; Trails Illustrated Tarryall Mountains, Kenosha Pass
Topo Map: Ben Tyler Trail Topographic Map
Guide Book: Best Hikes with Dogs: Colorado Guide Book
Driving Directions: View Directions
Trail Directions: View Guide

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6/12/2009

Not a big fan of this hike, no really good views, in the trees a lot, lots of people on this trail.

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