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Chicken Creek #615, CO

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Distance One Way 7.8 miles
Trailhead Elevation 8,940 feet
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Sun  7:27am - 5:19pm
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Box Canyon Trail #617
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West Mancos Trail #621
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Owens Basin Trail #746
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Aspen Spur Trail #175
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Chicken Creek Connector
4.6 mi away
0.9 mi
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Hamlin Trail #188
4.6 mi away
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149 ft
Muleshoe Loop Trail #176
4.9 mi away
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222 ft
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The newly constructed trailhead for Chicken Creek allows vehicles a place to park off the main road. There is also a trailhead for Chicken Creek Trail (or termination of the trail, which ever way you are hiking) at Mancos State Park. Keep in mind there is a fee if you park your vehicle at Mancos State Park. The trail immediately drops into Chicken Creek drainage where it merges with the Morrison Trail. Chicken Creek Trail turns south at the bottom of the canyon and the Morrison Trail heads north. The upper portion of the Chicken Creek Trail is motorized down to the junction with the Rim Trail, approximately 1.5 miles. From that point on it becomes a non-motorized trail the rest of the way until you reach the lower end at Mancos State Park.


    One-Way Notice
    This hike is listed as One-Way.

    When hiking several trails on a single "hike", log it with a generic name that describes the hike. Then link the trails traveled, check out the example.
    WARNING! Hiking and outdoor related sports can be dangerous. Be responsible and prepare for the trip. Study the area you are entering and plan accordingly. Dress for the current and unexpected weather changes. Take plenty of water. Never go alone. Make an itinerary with your plan(s), route(s), destination(s) and expected return time. Give your itinerary to trusted family and/or friends.

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    Map Drive

    To hike
    From the town of Mancos, turn north on Highway 184 then turn right after .3 miles onto County Road 42 which turns into National Forest Service Road (NFSR) #561 once you enter the San Juan National Forest boundary. Continue up NFSR #561 (also known as the West Mancos Road) until you reach the Transfer Recreation Area (approximately 11 miles total from Mancos). Continue past the turn off to Transfer Campground and the trailhead will be on your left.
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