W Mountain Trail Horseback Riding

Northwest of Eagle and north of Dotsero, the 17 mile W Mountain Trail (#1817) wanders through meadows in the Flat Top Wilderness Area and then ascends to the rim of the White River Plateau. East of Trappers Lake, the route connects with Trail #1814 (Chinese Wall Trail). Note: there is little water along this route.

To reach the horseback riding trailhead from Eagle, head west on US70 for 12 miles to the Dotsero exit. Follow the signs for Sweetwater and Burns to the Colorado River Road. Turn right onto the River Road and follow this road for 20 miles to Derby Junction. Turn left onto the Derby Mesa Road (County Road 39) and follow it five miles. Turn left onto South Derby Mesa Jeep Road (Forest Road 613). From this point onward, only high clearance vehicles can negotiate the road. Follow Road 613 4.3 miles to the intersection with Forest Road 616 and turn left. Road 616 dead ends in 2.4 at Big Spring and the trailhead for W Mountain #1817, and the Ute Trail #2032. The W Mountain Trail is the one on the right.

W Mountain Trail Horseback Riding Map



Local Contact(s):  White River National Forest (303) 827-5715; CO Visitors (800) COLORADO; Vail Tourism (970) 479-1394; Colorado Horse Council (303) 292-4981.

Recommended Book:  "Trail Riding In Rocky Mountains" from Jean Llewellyn

Best Season:  Jun. - Oct.

Average Difficulty:  Moderate

Base Camp:  Park Meadows Lodge w/ hot tub (970) 476-5598; Black Bear Inn (970) 476-1304

Luxury Loding:  Sonnenalp Resort (800) 654-8312; Cordillera (800) 87RELAX; Vail Cascade Resort (800) 420-2424

Breakfast Restaurant:  Daily Grind, Vail

Date Published:  

Date Updated:  6/27/2016

W Mountain Trail Horseback Riding Map


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