Venable Trail FS859

Sangre de Cristo Wilderness Area, Colorado

Elevation Gain1,378ft
Trailhead Elevation12,396ft
Elevation Min/Max11766/12765ft
Elevation Start/End12396/12396ft

Venable Trail FS859

Venable Trail (FS859) is a hiking trail in Custer County and Saguache County, Colorado. It is within Sangre de Cristo Wilderness Area. It is 1.6 miles long and begins at 12,396 feet altitude. Traveling the entire trail is 3.3 miles with a total elevation gain of 1,378 feet. This trail connects with the following: North Fork Crestone Trail (FS747), Comanche Trail (FS1345) and Venable Trail (FS1347).

Venable Trail (FS859) Professional Review and Guide

"Link this route with Comanche Peak for an outstanding loop trip through the Sangre de Cristo Wilderness. Trail: Initial 6.5 miles, off-trail tundra and talus beyond.

A signed trail at the southwest corner of the parking area rises almost 0.5 mile to reach an intersection with the Rainbow Trail. Proceed to the right on the Rainbow Trail, and in less than 0.5 mile, take the left fork at a sign,“Venable Lakes 5 miles.” Continue southwest up the valley, with Venable Creek on your left. (A short side trail goes off left to Venable Falls.) Continue on the main trail, until it forks at an abandoned cabin. Take the left fork, leading to one of the Venable Lakes, and soon thereafter, to a signed fork. Take the left fork, rising southwest toward the unnamed pass, by way of a narrow shelf with steep drop-offs, known as the Phantom Terrace. At the pass, there is no sign. Leave the trail and ascend the ridge to the northwest, curving south to the summit cairn."

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Trail Information

Sangre de Cristo Wilderness Area
Nearby City
Sangre de Cristo Wilderness Area
Rio Grande National Forest; San Isabel National Forest, Sangre de Cristo Wilderness Area
Local Contacts
USGS Horn Peak, Rio Alto Peak
Local Maps

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Aug 2018