Continental Divide Stony Pass to Weminuche Pass

Creede, Colorado

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Within the more than 600 miles it covers in the state of Colorado, the Continental Divide forms the headwaters of such famous rivers as the Yampa, Platte, Colorado, Arkansas, Rio Grande, and San Juan. Along the way the Divide tracks widely east to west as it snakes from mountain range to mountain range. One of these undulations occurs where the Divide crests along the San Juan Mountains—the largest mountain range in the U.S. Rockies. Within its final 200-mile stretch before reaching the New Mexico border, the Continental Divide nearly doubles back on itself as it traverses the state’s largest wilderness area, the 488,544-acre Weminuche Wilderness. Encompassing more than 80 miles of the Continental Divide from end to end, the Weminuche Wilderness includes the longest undeveloped stretch of the Divide in the state. Thanks to the Continental Divide Trail, hikers can follow the Divide from Stony Pass to Wolf Creek Pass with very few intrusions. This hike description covers the 26-mile segment of the Continental Divide.

Continental Divide: Stony Pass to Weminuche Pass Professional Review and Guide

"Within the more than 600 miles it covers in the state of Colorado, the Continental Divide forms the headwaters of such famous rivers as the Yampa, Platte, Colorado, Arkansas, Rio Grande, and San Juan. Along the way the Divide tracks widely east to west as it snakes from mountain range to mountain range. One of these undulations occurs where the Divide crests along the San Juan Mountains—the largest mountain range in the U.S. Rockies. Within its final 200-mile stretch before reaching the New Mexico border, the Continental Divide nearly doubles back on itself as it traverses the state’s largest wilderness area, the 488,544-acre Weminuche Wilderness.

Encompassing more than 80 miles of the Continental Divide from end to end, the Weminuche Wilderness includes the longest undeveloped stretch of the Divide in the state. Thanks to the Continental Divide Trail, hikers can follow the Divide from Stony Pass to Wolf Creek Pass with very few intrusions. This hike description covers the 26-mile segment of the Continental Divide."

Activity Type: Backpacking, Hiking
Nearby City: Creede
Distance: 31.5
Trail Type: Shuttle
Skill Level: Difficult
Duration: 4 days
Season: July to September
Trailhead Elevation: 9,300 feet
Top Elevation: 12,713 feet
Local Contacts: Rio Grande National Forest, San Juan National Forest; Weminuche Wilderness Area
Local Maps: USGS Howardsville, Storm King Peak, Rio Grande Pyramid, Weminuche Pass
Driving Directions: Directions to Continental Divide: Stony Pass to Weminuche Pass

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