North Crestone Trail (FS744) is a hiking trail in Saguache County, Colorado. It is within Rio Grande National Forest and Sangre de Cristo Wilderness Area. It is 5.7 miles long and begins at 8,563 feet altitude. Traveling the entire trail is 11.4 miles with a total elevation gain of 3,866 feet.
North Crestone Trail (FS744) Professional Reviews and Guides
"A popular trail to a very scenic high lake and access to the North Fork and Middle Fork Trails. As one of the most popular trails in the area, the North Crestone Trail hosts day hikers, backpackers, and horse and llama trekkers in abundance on summer weekends and holidays. Take care to avoid increasing the already heavy impact on this beautiful valley by hiking early or late in the season, or on weekdays, and avoiding busy holidays.Hike the wide and gentle trail as it climbs up the valley on the left (north) side of the creek. The aspen-lined trail begins to switchback up to the left (north) and traverses high above the creek, off ering fantastic views of the valley above and below to the San Luis Valley."
--Jason Moore, Revised by Lee Hart, Hiking Colorado's Sangre de Cristos and Great Sand Dunes (Falcon Guides).
"Forming a 70-mile-long crest of 13,000- and 14,000-foot peaks, the Sangre de Cristo Range encompasses some truly extraordinary mountain terrain. Nestled in glacial valleys on the steep western slopes of the range are numerous alpine lakes, most of which are accessible via established trails. North Crestone Lake, which is situated at the head of the Lake Fork of Crestone Creek, makes for a memorable day hike or overnight excursion.From the North Crestone Creek Campground, the North Crestone Trail begins by following its namesake creek northeast for a little more than 2 miles to where the Lake Fork branches right. Climbing along easy-to-moderate grades, this first segment of the hike gains about 1000 feet."
--Scott S. Warren, 100 Classic Hikes in Colorado (The Mountaineers Books).
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