Dry Creek

Westcliffe, Colorado 81252

Dry Creek

Dry Creek Professional Guide

Detailed Trail Description from our Guidebook

"A steep and narrow valley up to high lakes surrounded by a steep cirque. From the trailhead, hike along the trail to the right of the four-wheel-drive road. At the Rainbow Trail (1336), turn right (north) and hike to the Dry Creek Trail (1343). Turn left (west) and climb steeply up the trail, which becomes narrow and rocky in places.

The trail crosses over to the right (north) side of the creek and soon climbs up into an open valley. The hike becomes steeper again as the trail leaves the creek and heads right into thicker forest to bypass the cliffs near the falls."

Dry Creek Trip Reports

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When the trail guide indicates it’s steep in parts, they weren’t kidding! The 1st mile or so off the Rainbow Trail is about a 25% grade climb and rocky at times. I’ve done worse and the trail isn’t very long so it isn’t too bad. The last stretch of trail up to the lakes is nasty, but short. The day I went it was too windy to fish so I can’t provide a report on that aspect of the journey. The forest before the lakes has a number of good spots for camping and some of the biggest trees I’ve seen in the area. I didn’t have time to explore and see if I could find the falls shown on the topo map or trail guide and didn’t find any spur trails headed in that direction.. I may have to do that another day as I’m curious to see what they are like or if it’s inaccessible due to the cliffs. I found it to be a nice trail that is somewhat isolated. Enjoy!

Trail Information

Nearby City
2,900 feet
Elevation Gain
Trail Type
Skill Level
Day hike or backpack
Best May to December
9,100 feet
Trailhead Elevation
12,000 feet
Top Elevation
Rio Grande National Forest, San Isabel National Forest
Local Contacts
USGS Horn Peak
Local Maps

Trail Log