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Day Hiking Trips/Trails List

Trip Name / Links to Descriptions 1-Way (mi) Rise (ft) Difficulty
Bartlett Trail #1310. USFS webpage. Mountain Travel Guide webpage. 12.1 +3,580 Moderate
Big Cottonwood Route. (Not on USFS map.) Trails.com webpage.
See description "Big Cottonwood Route" under "North Map Trails" on Sky Terrain map Sangre de Cristo / Great Sand Dunes.
See description 12 on map Royal Gorge Region Trails.
5.0 +4,000 Strenuous
Brush Creek North Trail #1356. USFS webpage.
See description "North Brush Creek Trail #1356" under "North Map Trails" on Sky Terrain map Sangre de Cristo / Great Sand Dunes.
8.8 +3,100 Easy
Brush Creek South Trail #1355. USFS webpage.
See description "South Brush Creek Lake Trail #1355" under "North Map Trails" on Sky Terrain map Sangre de Cristo / Great Sand Dunes.
7.0 + approach +3,100 Moderate
Bushnell Lakes Trail #1402. USFS webpage. Mountain Travel Guide webpage.
See chapter "22 Fremont County: Bushnell Peak" in FalconGuides book Hiking Colorado's Summits.
See description 27 on map Royal Gorge Region Trails.
5.5 + approach +2,532 Strenuous
Cascade Trail #1303.
See description "Cascade Creek Trail #1303" under "South Map Trails" on Sky Terrain map Sangre de Cristo / Great Sand Dunes.
3.6 + approach +1,200  
Cisneros Trail #1314. USFS webpage. Mountain Travel Guide webpage. 10.4 +2,280 Moderate
Colony North Trail #1340. USFS webpage. Mountain Travel Guide webpage.
See description "North Colony Lakes Trail #1340" under "North Map Trails" on Sky Terrain map Sangre de Cristo / Great Sand Dunes.
See description 23 on map Royal Gorge Region Trails.
3.8 + approach +1,850 Moderate
Colony South Trail #1339. USFS trail webpage. USFS basin webpage.
See chapter "21 Custer County: East Crestone Peak; Saguache County: Crestone Peak" in FalconGuides book Hiking Colorado's Summits.
See description "South Colony Lakes Trail #1339 / Crestone Needle, Crestone Pk, Humboldt Pk" under "South Map Trails" on Sky Terrain map Sangre de Cristo / Great Sand Dunes.
See description 21 on map Royal Gorge Region Trails.
3.8 +640 Moderate
Commanche Trail #1345. USFS webpage. ORIC Trip Map/Description Sheet (H). Mountain Travel Guide webpage. 14ers.com webpage.
See chapter "Comanche - Venable Loop" under "Classic Hikes" in Westcliffe Publishers book Colorado Above Treeline.
See description "Commanche Trail #1345" under "North Map Trails" on Sky Terrain map Sangre de Cristo / Great Sand Dunes.
See description 13 on map Royal Gorge Region Trails.
5.1 +2,620 Moderate
Cottonwood Trail #1344. USFS webpage. Mountain Travel Guide webpage.
See description "Cottonwood Creek Trail #1344" under "North Map Trails" on Sky Terrain map Sangre de Cristo / Great Sand Dunes.
See description 14 on map Royal Gorge Region Trails.
3.3 + approach +2,240 Moderate
Crossover Trail #1352. USFS webpage. 5.6 + approach -1,359  
Dome Rock Trail #1387. USFS webpage. OhRanger.com Davenport Loop webpage. 2.1 + approach -1,120  
Dry Creek Trail #1343. USFS webpage. Mountain Travel Guide webpage.
See description "Dry Lakes Trail #1343" under "North Map Trails" on Sky Terrain map Sangre de Cristo / Great Sand Dunes.
3.4 + approach +2,620 Strenuous
Garner Creek Trail #752. (Most of this trail is in ORIC's Alamosa Region.) USFS webpage.
See description "Garner Creek Trail #752" under "North Map Trails" on Sky Terrain map Sangre de Cristo / Great Sand Dunes.
5.7   Moderate
Goodwin Trail #1346. (Line and name but no number on USFS map.) USFS webpage. Mountain Travel Guide webpage.
See description "Goodwin Lakes Trail #1346" under "North Map Trails" on Sky Terrain map Sangre de Cristo / Great Sand Dunes.
See description 15 on map Royal Gorge Region Trails.
3.5 + approach +2,000 Strenuous
Greenhorn Trail #1316. USFS webpage. Mountain Travel Guide webpage.
See chapter "24 Pueblo County: Greenhorn Mountain" in FalconGuides book Hiking Colorado's Summits.
7.8 +3,880 Moderate
Horn Creek Trail #1342. USFS webpage. Mountain Travel Guide webpage.
See description "Horn Lakes Trail #1342" under "North Map Trails" on Sky Terrain map Sangre de Cristo / Great Sand Dunes.
See description 17 on map Royal Gorge Region Trails.
4.6 +2,420 Strenuous
Horn Peak Trail #1362. USFS webpage. Mountain Travel Guide webpage. 3.0 + approach +4,050 Strenuous
Horse Ranch Trail #1397. USFS webpage. 3.3 +2,700 Strenuous
Huerfano Trail #1307.
See description "Huerfano Trail #1307" under "South Map Trails" on Sky Terrain map Sangre de Cristo / Great Sand Dunes.
4.43 955  
Huerfano Valley Trail -- Mount Lindsey Approach. (Not on USFS map.)
See description "Huerfano Valley Trail -- Mount Lindsey Approach" under "South Map Trails" on Sky Terrain map Sangre de Cristo / Great Sand Dunes.
2.0 +260 Easy
Hunts Lake Trail #1405. USFS webpage. Mountain Travel Guide webpage. 9.5 including approach +2,500  
Lakes of the Clouds Trail #1349. USFS webpage. Mountain Travel Guide webpage.
See description "Lakes of the Clouds Trail #1349 & #1351" under "North Map Trails" on Sky Terrain map Sangre de Cristo / Great Sand Dunes.
See description 18 on map Royal Gorge Region Trails.
4.2 + approach +2,300 Easy
Lily Lake Trail #1308. Wildernet webpage.
See description "Lily Lake Trail #1308" under "South Map Trails" on Sky Terrain map Sangre de Cristo / Great Sand Dunes.
3.5 +1,760 Moderate to Strenuous
Lion Canyon Trail #1329. (#329 on USFS map.) USFS webpage. 2.14 +1,520 Moderate
Macey Trail #1341. USFS webpage.
See chapter "43 Macey Falls" in FalconGuides book Hiking Waterfalls in Colorado.
See description "Macey Lakes Trail #1341" under "North Map Trails" on Sky Terrain map Sangre de Cristo / Great Sand Dunes.
See description 3 on map Royal Gorge Region Trails.
3.8 + approach +2,620 Easy
Marble Mountain Trail #1338. USFS webpage. Mountain Travel Guide webpage.
See description "Marble Mountain Trail #1338 / Marble & White Marble Hall Caves" under "South Map Trails" on Sky Terrain map Sangre de Cristo / Great Sand Dunes.
See description 26 on map Royal Gorge Region Trails.
1.7 + approach +1,700 Moderate
Millset Trail #1317. USFS webpage. Mountain Travel Guide webpage. 5.2 +3,160 Moderate
Music Pass Trail #1337. examiner.com webpage.
See description "Music Pass Trail #1337 / Sand Creek Lakes" under "South Map Trails" on Sky Terrain map Sangre de Cristo / Great Sand Dunes.
See description 19 on map Royal Gorge Region Trails.
1.2 +1,030 Easy
Newlin Creek Trail #1335. USFS webpage.
See chapter "33 Newlin Creek Trail" in FalconGuides book Hiking Colorado.
See description 5 on map Royal Gorge Region Trails.
2.7 +1,360 Easy
North Creek Trail #1325. USFS webpage. 2.8 -1,400  
North Taylor Trail #1348. USFS webpage. Mountain Travel Guide webpage.
See description "North Taylor Trail #1348" under "North Map Trails" on Sky Terrain map Sangre de Cristo / Great Sand Dunes.
See description 20 on map Royal Gorge Region Trails.
2.4 +2,320 Moderate
Pole Creek Trail #1398. USFS webpage. Mountain Travel Guide webpage. 6.0 +2,720 Strenuous
Pole Gulch Route. (Not on USFS map.)
See description "Pole Gulch Route" under "North Map Trails" on Sky Terrain map Sangre de Cristo / Great Sand Dunes.
2.0 + approach -1,300
Rattler Park Trail. (Not on USFS map.)
See description "Rattler Park Trail" under "North Map Trails" on Sky Terrain map Sangre de Cristo / Great Sand Dunes.
1.6 + approach +1,670  
Rainbow Trail sections below are listed in west to east order. (Total trail is length about 100 miles.)
Rainbow Trail #1336 - Methodist Mountain Trailhead east to Bear Creek Trailhead. USFS webpage. Westbound, trail continues into the Buena Vista Region.
See description "Rainbow Motorized Trail #1336" under "North Map Trails" on Sky Terrain map Sangre de Cristo / Great Sand Dunes.
See description 10 on map Royal Gorge Region Trails.
5.0    
Rainbow Trail #1336 - Bear Creek Trailhead east to Kerr Gulch Trailhead. USFS webpage.
See description "Rainbow Motorized Trail #1336" under "North Map Trails" on Sky Terrain map Sangre de Cristo / Great Sand Dunes.
See description 10 on map Royal Gorge Region Trails.
     
Rainbow Trail #1336 - Kerr Gulch Trailhead at Stout Creek east to Big Cottonwood Trailhead. USFS webpage. Wildernet webpage.
See description "Rainbow Motorized Trail #1336" under "North Map Trails" on Sky Terrain map Sangre de Cristo / Great Sand Dunes.
See description 10 on map Royal Gorge Region Trails.
13.5 -1,240 Moderate
Rainbow Trail #1336 - Big Cottonwood Trailhead east to Medano Pass.
See chapter "44 Crystal Falls (at Westcliffe)" in FalconGuides book Hiking Waterfalls in Colorado.
See description "Rainbow Motorized Trail #1336" under "North Map Trails" on Sky Terrain map Sangre de Cristo / Great Sand Dunes.
See description 10 on map Royal Gorge Region Trails.
     
Rudolph Mountain Trail #1327. USFS webpage. Mountain Travel Guide webpage. 6.4 +1,680 Strenuous
Santana Trail #1313. USFS webpage. 6.0 + approach +3,200 Moderate
Second Mace Access Trail / Second Mace Trail #1322.  USFS webpage. Go-Colorado webpage. OhRanger.com Davenport Loop webpage. 7.9 +3,880 Moderate
Silver Lake Trail #1354 and Forest Road #198. USFS webpage.
See description "Clorverdale Basin Trails & FR #198" under "North Map Trails" on Sky Terrain map Sangre de Cristo / Great Sand Dunes.
7.0 +3,500 Moderate
Snowslide Trail #1318. USFS webpage. summitpost.org webpage. 5.7 +2,780 Moderate
South Apache Trail #1311. USFS webpage. visitUSA.com webpage.
See chapter "45 Apache Falls" in FalconGuides book Hiking Waterfalls in Colorado.
4.3 + approach +2,300 Strenuous
South Creek Trail #1321. USFS webpage. 7.3 +2,260 Strenuous
Squirrel Creek Trail #1384. USFS webpage. OhRanger.com Davenport Loop webpage.  
St. Charles Trail #1326. USFS webpage. 8.71 +2,000
Stanley Creek Trail System. (Bureau of Land Management.)
See description "BLM Stanley Creek Area" under "South Map Trails" on Sky Terrain map Sangre de Cristo / Great Sand Dunes.
     
Stout Lakes Trail #1403. USFS webpage. Wildernet webpage.
See description 27 on map Royal Gorge Region Trails.
5.0 + approach +3,561 Strenuous
Strawberry Route #1305.
See description "Huerfano Trail #1307" under "South Map Trails" on Sky Terrain map Sangre de Cristo / Great Sand Dunes.
     
Stultz Trail #1334. USFS webpage.
See description 22 on map Royal Gorge Region Trails. 
5.72 +1,400  
Swift Trail #1351. Mountain Travel Guide webpage. 14ers.com webpage.
See description "Lakes of the Clouds Trail #1349 & #1351" under "North Map Trails" on Sky Terrain map Sangre de Cristo / Great Sand Dunes.
     
Tanner Peak Trail #1333 and #1332. USFS webpage. summitpost.org webpage.
See description 28 on map Royal Gorge Region Trails.
9.0 +1,900 Moderate
Texas Creek Trail #1350.
See description "Texas Creek Trail #1350" under "North Map Trails" on Sky Terrain map Sangre de Cristo / Great Sand Dunes.
See description 29 on map Royal Gorge Region Trails. 
3.2 + approach +2,303
Turkey Creek Trail #1315. USFS webpage. Mountain Travel Guide webpage. 3.9 + approach +1,160 Moderate
Ute Trail #1306. 3.38 + approach +336  
Venable Trail #1347. USFS webpage. ORIC Trip Map/Description Sheet (H). 14ers.com webpage.
See chapter "Comanche - Venable Loop" under "Classic Hikes" in Westcliffe Publishers book Colorado Above Treeline.
See chapter "42 Venable Falls" in FalconGuides book Hiking Waterfalls in Colorado.
See description "Venable Lakes Trail #1347" under "North Map Trails" on Sky Terrain map Sangre de Cristo / Great Sand Dunes.
See description 25 on map Royal Gorge Region Trails.
5.9 +2,000 Moderate
Wachob Trail #1319. (Line but no number on USFS map.) USFS webpage. 1.0 +140 Easy
       

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