Hiking The Timberline Trail

The 58th most popular hiking trail in Colorado.

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Southeast of Crested Butte and northeast of Almont near Taylor Reservoir, the Timberline Trail #414 runs 20 miles along the Collegiate Peaks Wilderness boundary at the Continental Divide above 10,000'. The trail runs north from Mirror Lake to Pieplant Creed Road.

The most popular place to start is at the northern trailhead. The trail runs southeast for about 13 miles to Texas Lakes. There are several cross roads (and the Colorado Trail along Trail #571) to form loops of varying length.

To reach the hiking trailhead from Gunnison, head north on SR135 to Almont. Head northeast on Taylor River Road (FS742). At the reservoir, veer left heading north on Taylor River Road. Just before the intersection with Spring Creek Road, turn right heading northeast on Red Mountain Drive (CR742E) up to the trailhead.

Overall, Timberline Trail is the 58th most popular hiking trail of all 72 hikes in Colorado.

Timberline Trail in Gunnison NF (CO/US)

Timberline Trail in Gunnison NF (CO/US)

Timberline Trail Hiking Map



Local Contact(s):  GNF (970) 641-0471; Crested Butte Visitors (800) 545-4505; CO Visitors (800) COLORADO.

Recommended Book:  "Hiking Colorado" from Maryann Gaug

Best Season:  Jun. - Sep.

Average Difficulty:  Difficult

Base Camp:  MFS Rivers End Campground

Breakfast Restaurant:  Frenchys Cafe, Tincup

Reference Source:  click here https://www.fs.usda.gov/gmug

GPS:  38.93429, -106.58954

Date Published:  1/1/2016

Date Updated:  3/26/2018

ID:  19089

Timberline Trail Hiking Map


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