Little Cochetopa Creek Trail, Salida Ranger District CO

by Hillary
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This is a lightly used trail that starts from the end of a dirt road and climbs gradually toward the Continental Divide. It parallels the Little Cochetopa Creek and, while the hike is actually 9 miles round trip, I only hiked a little over 7 miles round trip.

The last 3.25 miles of the dirt road (CR 210) to the trailhead are ROUGH! High clearance 4WD is a must and it’s slow going. My poor truck is beginning to hate me. The one thing I can say about trailheads that you need 4WD to get to is that you don’t see many other people, if any!

I lost the trail a few times because the cattle had made a mess of the trail system… stupid cows. Oh, and the “nice wooden bridge” I read about is now mostly buried beneath debris and cants wildly to one side. ūüôā

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You can see lots of dead pin trees in a few of my posts: The result of Colorado’s battle with the spruce bug and pine beetle blight.

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You can see the smoke from the Hayden Pass Fire, south of Salida CO. As of July 27th, it has destroyed over 16,000 acres and is only 58% contained.

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