The Colorado Trail Hotel Draw to Kennebec Trailhead

Rico, Colorado 81332

The Colorado Trail Hotel Draw to Kennebec Trailhead

The Colorado Trail: Hotel Draw to Kennebec Trailhead Professional Review and Guide

"This segment continues to follow the ridge dividing the Hermosa Creek drainage and the Dolores River drainage, all the way to Taylor Lake. The first 9 miles of this segment encounters many infrequently-used Forest Service roads and closed logging roads. The CT stays very close to the top of the ridge.

Also, there is no reliable source of water on the CT for the next 20 miles. In compensation, there are many great viewpoints! From mile 13.5 to mile 17 of the CT, it is not unusual to see herds of elk grazing far below in the cirque bottom to the east of the trail. From mile 14.5 to mile 19.4, the CT is above timberline. Some hikers may wish to plan their hike to avoid this section of the trail in the afternoon, in deference to the possibility of afternoon thunderstorms."

The Colorado Trail: Hotel Draw to Kennebec Trailhead Reviews

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8/30/2009
I mountian biked up Hotel Draw, across the CT to Corral Draw. That took me to Hermosa Creek Trail where I rode north back to the trailhead. The CT was pretty mellow in that area but the Corral Draw downhill was tough. Very tight singletrack, off camber, with a high penalty for failure. I forged Hermosa Creek but if I would have gone south a few hundred yards I could have crossed the bridge
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8/1/2005
The trail from grindstone to kennebeck pass was mostly clear of snow, very scenic and pleasant to hike. However, there is no water along this stretch unless you want to climb down into the bowls below which do have streams.
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Trail Information

Rico
Nearby City
20.6
Distance
3,640 feet
Elevation Gain
Shuttle
Trail Type
Best summer and fall
Season
10,400 feet
Trailhead Elevation
12,258 feet
Top Elevation
Columbine Ranger District - West, San Juan National Forest
Local Contacts
Trails Illustrated #504; USGS Hermosa Peak, Elk Creek, Orphan Butte, La Plata
Local Maps

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Oct 2018