Tater Head Loop

Crawford, Colorado 81415

Tater Head Loop

Tater Head Loop Professional Guide

Detailed Trail Description from our Guidebook

"At 10, 984 feet, Tater Heap is not the highest of peaks in the western end of the West Elk Wilderness. Nevertheless, this oddly named summit is quite a sight, thanks to its distinctive conical shape. A nice 11. 25-mile hike connects three trails to loop around this memorable landmark. This hike can be completed in a long day, but an overnight excursion would allow for plenty of time to enjoy the scenery.

The first leg of the Tater Heap Loop follows the Throughline Trail north up the Trail Creek drainage. From the trailhead, the Throughline Trail begins by crossing South Smith Fork Creek (a log may be found a short distance upstream for crossing) where it then intersects the Sink Creek Trail, which is the return leg of this hike."

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Trail Information

Nearby City
Trail Type
Skill Level
9 hours
June to October
7,600 feet
Trailhead Elevation
10,200 feet
Top Elevation
Gunnison National Forest; West Elk Wilderness Area
Local Contacts
USGS Mount Guero
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