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Turkey Creek Trail #580, CO

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Rated  Favorite Wish List CO > Southwest
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Distance One Way 18.36 miles
Trailhead Elevation 8,310 feet
Elevation Gain 3,868 feet
Accumulated Gain 5,148 feet
Kokopelli Seeds 35.52
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Routes 16,052
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Preferred   Jul, Aug, Jun, Sep
Sun  5:48am - 6:19pm
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Twenty miles to the Continental Divide at Piedra Pass , this moderately difficult trail crosses several streams and some steep grades. The Turkey Creek Trail, climbs above timberline at about 14 miles to meet the Continental Divide Trail at Piedra Pass. The route that includes the Turkey Creek Trail, Continental Divide Trail, and the West Fork Trail (561) is sometimes called the Rainbow Trail.

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    Most recent Triplog Review
    Turkey Creek Trail #580
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    We intended to hike this trail to a set of falls and then until the snow turned us away and we did end up hitting snow, however, it was ultimately a lot of deadfall and some rain clouds that had us turning around.

    The first three miles of the trail are a multi use trail that allows atvs, however, the trail was still in great shape and fairly scenic, almost too scenic for a quad trail in my opinion, but better a quad trail there than in the Wilderness I guess. At mile five the deadfall started to get pretty heavy and the rain clouds were having us worried about our uncovered tent, so we turned around just after Omaha Creek. There was a set of falls marked on my map at Eagle Creek that I was interested in, but I was ok with turning around and satisfied with the portion of the trail we did. I think we had a creek crossing coming up very shortly anyways and that would have also signaled the end to our hike due to the raging creek.


    The trail was a nicely flowing creek in many areas and a little muddy in spots, but still easy to follow, however, some may have trouble locating the trail after navigating through a few of the heavier downed trees areas. We saw a herd of probably 50 elk along the creek and then again in the meadow at three miles. The road into the trailhead is in excellent shape and car worthy.

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