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Starvation Creek Trail #1408, CO

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Distance One Way 4.7 miles
Trailhead Elevation 9,076 feet
Elevation Gain 2,097 feet
Accumulated Gain 2,097 feet
Kokopelli Seeds 11.69
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Preferred   Aug, Jul, Jun, Sep
Sun  6:44am - 4:54pm
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Local legend has it that the creek got its name when an early fall blizzard trapped a local rancher's cattle. When the local cowhands got through the heavy snow, they found that all of the cattle had starved to death in the deep snow. Hence, the name "Starvation Creek". This is a pretty trail and a easy hike that winds up to the Continental Divide for 6.5 miles. The last .5 miles of the trail turns into a two-track road before it reaches the top of the Divide.
This trail is closed by heavy snow from November until May.

The Starvation Creek trail winds its way to the Divide and offers hikers some beautiful views. A camera is a must for this hike!
NOTE: Hikers should be aware that this is a multi-use trail and the trail is a popular with mountain bikes so watch and listen for other users.


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    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 Poncha Springs, CO travel south on Hwy 285 for approximately 4.5 miles. Turn right onto County Road 200 and travel south for 2 miles to the trailhead at the Shirley Site. At the trailhead, turn right onto CR 203. Stay on this road for about 3/4 miles, crossing a stone bridge and then take the next left. This road continues as CR 203 for 2.75 miles to the trailhead. Parking is on the right side, across from the trailhead.

    Parking is available for 3-4 vehicles
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