Hiking The Agate Creek Trail

The 57th most popular hiking trail in Colorado.

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East of Gunnison and north of Sargents, the 10 mile Agate Creek Trail (#484) winds through the Agate Creek drainage and eventually climbing up to the Continental Divide. Down along Agate Creek, the trail rolls through various meadows and dense pine forests. There are over 20 creek crossings ranging from a couple feet wide to 15 feet across, and since they are snow fed, they can be quite challenging during run-off.

Please note, this trail is very popular with mountain bikers and dirt bikers, especially on the weekends.

To reach the lower/western hiking trailhead from Gunnison, head east on US50. About 2 miles east of the very small townsite of Sargents, there is a small, unsigned dirt right on the south side of the road enter a small pine/aspen forest. This is the site of the old NFS Agate Campground. If you follow the access road, all the way in about 0.4 miles, you will reach a signed trailhead for Agate Creek Trail.

To reach the upper/eastern trailhead from Gunnison, head east on US50 to the top of Monarch Pass. You can park in the large parking area. To reach the trail, you will need to head south on the rolling Monarch Crest (Continental Divide) Trail for 8 miles.

The upper/eastern trail starts at about 11,800 feet. The lower/western trail ends at about 9,000 feet. Starting from the east, the trail descends from the Continental Divide about 1,500 feet over the first 2 miles, which are very rocky and loose. Then, it descends along the meadows of Agate Creek another 1,300 feet over the next 8 miles, which has some rocky sections.

Overall, Agate Creek Trail is the 57th most popular hiking trail of all 72 hikes in Colorado.

Agate Creek Trail Hiking Map



Local Contact(s):  GNF (970) 641-0471; Gunnison Visitors (800) 274-7580; CO Visitors (800) COLORADO.

Recommended Book:  "100 Classic Hikes Colorado" from Scott Warren

Best Season:  May - Sep.

Average Difficulty:  Moderate

Base Camp:  NFS Agate Campground

Luxury Loding:  Mary Lawrence Inn, Gunnison (970) 641-3343

Breakfast Restaurant:  Steaming Bean; W Cafe, Gunnison

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

GPS:  38.43836, -106.3825

Date Published:  1/2/2016

Date Updated:  3/23/2018

ID:  21061

Agate Creek Trail Hiking Map


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