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Needle / Johnson Creek Trail #504, CO

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Difficulty 5 of 5
Distance One Way 16.5 miles
Trailhead Elevation 8,239 feet
Elevation Gain 4,469 feet
Accumulated Gain 4,539 feet
Kokopelli Seeds 31.63
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Durango & Silverton NG Railroad
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36  2016-09-03
Chicago Basin from Purgatory TH
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15  2016-09-03
Needle Creek Trail #504 to Chicago Basin
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40  2014-09-01
Molas Pass to Bolam Pass Road - CT #25
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Preferred   Jul, Aug, Jun, Sep
Sun  6:51am - 5:00pm
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Needle Creek Trail #504 to Chicago Basin
Needle Creek Trail #504 to Chicago Basin
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3,064 ft
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Chicago Basin from Purgatory TH
Chicago Basin from Purgatory TH
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1,184 ft
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Overview
Needle / Johnson Creek Trail #504 is a 16.5 mile one way hike with 4,539 feet accumulated elevation gain. Located 27 miles north-northeast of Durango Colorado. July and August are the best months to enjoy this hike.


The Needle Creek Trail follows the creek until it reaches the lower end of Chicago Basin, about 5 miles up the trail. There are no camping spots until you reach Chicago Basin. There is a permanent fire ban for Needle Creek and all of its headwaters. At 6.5 miles you begin the steep climb to Columbine Pass. There are switchbacks for the next 2 miles and an ascent of 1,500 feet. From the top of Columbine Pass you descend 680 feet in 0.4 mile to Columbine Lake. From the lake the hike is easy to moderate terrain to the junction of the Vallecito Creek Trail at mile 17.

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Note
This is a difficult hike. It would be insane to attempt this entire hike without prior experience hiking.

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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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