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Backpacking Trips/Trails List

TIP: To find the trails below on the map above: (1) remember the trail name below; (2) click the icon in the upper left corner of the map above; (3) an alphabetized list of markers with trail names will appear and can be expanded using a down arrow; (4) click the trail you want in that list; and (5) its marker will be highlighted on the map and it's contents will appear in a window.

Trip Name / Links to Descriptions 1-Way (mi) Rise (ft) Difficulty
Adams Creek Trail #1144.6A. USFS trailhead webpage.      
Aspen Trail #1183.1A. USFS trailhead webpage. 0.9   Easy
Baldy Trail #1200.  USFS webpage. Go-Colorado webpage. Wildernet webpage. 6.8 +2,581 Strenuous
Bear River Trail #1120. To Mosquito Lake and beyond. USFS webpage. Colorado-Hiking-Vacations.com "Steamboat Springs Hiking Trails" webpage. Wildernet webpage.
See chapter "58. Mosquito Lake -- Bear River Trail -- 1120" in Aspen Tree Press book Hiking the 'Boat II.
See section "Bear River Trail 1120" in Westwinds Press book The Hiking and Camping Guide to the Flat Tops Wilderness.
3.3 + approach +1,200 Moderate
Berry Lake Trail #1196. USFS webpage. 3.0 + approach   Moderate
Big Creek Lake Trail #1184. Go-Colorado webpage.
See chapter "29. Big Creek Lake via 1184" in Aspen Tree Press book Hiking the 'Boat II.
1.7 + approach +400 Easy
Black Mountain Creek Trail #1117. USFS webpage. Go-Colorado webpage. Wildernet webpage.
See chapter "47. Black Mountain Creek Trail -- 1117" in Aspen Tree Press book Hiking the 'Boat II.  
See section "Black MountainTrail 1117" in Westwinds Press book The Hiking and Camping Guide to the Flat Tops Wilderness.
5.9 -50 Easy
Black Mountain Trail #1185 / #1185.1A. USFS trailhead webpage. summitpost.org webpage.
See chapter "26 Black Mountain (West Summit) Trail" in FalconGuides book Hiking Colorado: A Guide to the State's Greatest Hikes.
See chapter "28 Moffat County: Black Mountain" in FalconGuides book Hiking Colorado's Summits.
2.7 shortest of several routes    
Buffalo Pass Road #60.
See description "Buffalo Pass Road #60" under "South Map Trails" on Sky Terrain's map Steamboat Springs / Mount Zirkel.
10.4 +3,306  
Burton Creek Trail #1192. Go-Colorado webpage. 2.9 -600 Moderate
California Park Trail #1144/1144.1A. Also known as Bear Ears Trail. USFS quicksheet. USFS California Park Trailhead webpage. USFS Adams Park Trailhead webpage. USFS Dry Fork Trailhead webpage. USFS Grizzly Creek Trailhead webpage. USFS Lost Park Trailhead webpage. USFS Old Black Mountain Trailhead webpage. USFS Roaring Fork Trailhead webpage. USFS The Dike Trailhead webpage. USFS The Gap Trailhead webpage. USFS West Prong Trailhead webpage. USFS Willow Creek Trailhead webpage. Mountain Travel Guide webpage.
See chapter "59. California Park to Sugar Loaf Mountain -- 1144" in Aspen Tree Press book Hiking the 'Boat II.  
45.0 loop   Moderate
Cherry Creek Trail #1037. USFS webpage. 2.8 + approach   Moderate
Chinese Wall & Devil's Causeway Route. Full route description: ORIC Trip Map/Description Sheet (F). Route uses the following five trails: Little Causeway Lake / East Fork Trail #1119 (see listing below); Lost Lakes Trail #1116 (see listing below); Lost Lakes West Trail #1103 (see listing below); Chinese Wall Trail #1803 (USFS quicksheet); Bear River Trail #1120 (see listing above); Devil's Causeway Trail #1803.3 (see listing below).
ORIC FAVORITE 
25.79 loop +4,332 Moderate to Strenuous
Corral Creek Trail #1114. Continues 5.5 miles west into Eagle Region where it is called Salt Park Trail. USFS webpage. 5.8 + approach   Moderate
Cottonwood Creek Trail. #1183. USFS trailhead webpage. 0.8    
Coulton Creek Cutover Trail #1188.1A. 1.0    
Coulton Creek Trail #1188. USFS trailhead webpage. USFS quicksheet. Go-Colorado webpage.
See chapter "76. Coulton Creek Trail --  1188" in Aspen Tree Press book Hiking the 'Boat II.
See description "Coulton Creek Loop #1188" under "North Map Trails" on Sky Terrain's map Steamboat Springs / Mount Zirkel.
6.5 +1,000 Moderate to Strenuous
Crags Trail #1182. Go-Colorado webpage.
See chapter "30. Lake of the Crags via 1182" in Aspen Tree Press book Hiking the 'Boat II.
1.8 + approach +1,000 Moderate
Cyclone Trail #1112. USFS webpage. Go-Colorado webpage. Wildernet webpage. 9.0 -230 Easy
Cyclone Park Trail #1038. USFS webpage. 1.7 + approach   Moderate
Devil's Causeway Trail #1803.3. Line but no number on USFS forest map. USFS webpage.
See section "Devil's Causeway" in Westwinds Press book The Hiking and Camping Guide to the Flat Tops Wilderness.
1.2 + approach    
Ditch Creek Trail #1099. No information available.      
Elk Draw Trail #1209. USFS webpage. 5.4   Moderate
Elk Park Trail #1118. USFS trailhead webpage. Wildernet trailhead webpage.      
Elk River North Fork Trail #1189. Also known as Diamond Park Trail. USFS trailhead webpage.      
Elkhorn Stock Driveway Trail #1149 / #1149.1B / #1149.1C. USFS south trailhead webpage. USFS north trailhead webpage.      
Encampment River Main Fork Trail #1152 / #1152.2A. USFS trailhead webpage. USFS quicksheet. Mountain Travel Guide webpage.
See chapter "81. Lake Diana -- 1152" in Aspen Tree Press book Hiking the 'Boat II.
See chapter "82. Gem Lake -- 1152" in Aspen Tree Press book Hiking the 'Boat II.
14.0   Moderate
Fish Creek Trail #1102. USFS trailhead webpage. USFS map. USFS Fish Creek Falls Picnic Site webpage. Colorado-Hiking-Vacations.com "Steamboat Springs Hiking Trails" webpage.
See chapter "35. Fish Creek Falls and Long Lake" in Altitude Publishing book The Best Hikes of Colorado.
See chapter "4-6a&b. Fish Creek Falls -- 1102" in Aspen Tree Press book Hiking the 'Boat II.
See chapter "30 Fish Creek Waterfalls" in FalconGuides book Hiking Waterfalls in Colorado.
See description "Fish Creek Falls Trail #1102" under "South Map Trails" on Sky Terrain's map Steamboat Springs / Mount Zirkel.
6.0   Moderate
Gill Reservoir Trail #1104. USFS webpage. 2.0   Moderate
Gilpin Lake Trail #1161. USFS trailhead webpage. USFS quicksheet. Wildernet webpage.
See chapter "89. Gilpin Lake -- 1161" in Aspen Tree Press book Hiking the 'Boat II.
See chapter "90. The Zirkel Circle -- 1161 - 1150 -- The Gilpin - Gold Creek Loop" in Aspen Tree Press book Hiking the 'Boat II.
See description "Zirkel Circle (Gold Cr Lake -- Gilpin Lake Loop)" under "North Map Trails" on Sky Terrain's map Steamboat Springs / Mount Zirkel.
See description "Gilpin Lake Trail #1171" under "North Map Trails" on Sky Terrain's map Steamboat Springs / Mount Zirkel.
6.1 +1,360 Moderate
Gold Creek Lake Trail #1150. USFS trailhead webpage. USFS quicksheet Colorado-Hiking-Vacations.com "Steamboat Springs Hiking Trails" webpage.
See chapter "91. Gold Creek Lake -- 1150" in Aspen Tree Press book Hiking the 'Boat II.
See chapter "90. The Zirkel Circle -- 1161 - 1150 -- The Gilpin - Gold Creek Loop" in Aspen Tree Press book Hiking the 'Boat II.
See description "Zirkel Circle (Gold Cr Lake -- Gilpin Lake Loop)" under "North Map Trails" on Sky Terrain's map Steamboat Springs / Mount Zirkel.
See description "Gold Creek Trail #1150" under "North Map Trails" on Sky Terrain's map Steamboat Springs / Mount Zirkel.
3.0 + approach   Easy to Moderate
Gold Creek Lake & Gilpin Lake Loop. Full route description: ORIC Trip Map/Description Sheet (P). Route uses the following two trails: Gold Creek Trail #1150; Gilpin Trail #1161.
ORIC FAVORITE
9.92 loop +2,396 Moderate
Hare Trail #1199. Go-Colorado webpage. Wildernet webpage.
See chapter "69. The Hare Trail -- 1199" in Aspen Tree Press book Hiking the 'Boat II.
2.5 +1,000 Moderate
Independence Creek Trail #1149.1A. USFS trailhead webpage.      
Indian Run Trail #1210. USFS webpage. 5.3   Strenuous
Little Causeway Lake / East Fork of Williams Fork Trail #1119. USFS East Fork webpage. USFS Devil's Causeway webpage. Colorado-Hiking-Vacations.com "Steamboat Springs Hiking Trails" webpage.
See chapter "57. Devil's Causeway -- East Fork -- 1119" in Aspen Tree Press book Hiking the 'Boat II.
See section "East Fork Trail 1119 (Pyramid Guard Station Trailhead)" in Westwinds Press book The Hiking and Camping Guide to the Flat Tops Wilderness.
See section "East Fork Trail 1119 (Stillwater Reservoir Trailhead)" in Westwinds Press book The Hiking and Camping Guide to the Flat Tops Wilderness.
15.7 Easy to Moderate
Long Draw Trail #1170 / Greenville Mine Road. Also known as #1205.
See chapter "75. Greenville Mine Road" in Aspen Tree Press book Hiking the 'Boat II.
2.5 +500  
Lost Lake Trail #1133. Go-Colorado webpage. 20.0 including approach    
Lost Lakes Trail #1116. USFS webpage. Go-Colorado webpage. Wildernet West Lost Lakes webpage.
See section "Lost Lakes Trail 1116" in Westwinds Press book The Hiking and Camping Guide to the Flat Tops Wilderness.
6.4 + approach -1,135 Moderate
Lost Lakes West Trail #1103. USFS webpage. Wildernet West Lost Lakes webpage.
See section "West Lost Lake Trail 1103" in Westwinds Press book The Hiking and Camping Guide to the Flat Tops Wilderness.
1.4 + approach +680 Moderate
Luna Lake Trail #1168. Sidetrip on Fish Hawk Lake Trail #1168.1A. Wildernet webpage.
See chapter "27. Lake Elbert via 1168" in Aspen Tree Press book Hiking the 'Boat II.
See chapter "28. Lake Luna via 1168" in Aspen Tree Press book Hiking the 'Boat II.
See description "Luna Lake Tr #1168" under "North Map Trails" on Sky Terrain's map Steamboat Springs / Mount Zirkel.
9.2 + approach +2.030 Moderate to Strenuous
Mica Basin Trail #1162. USFS trailhead webpage. USFS quicksheet. Wildernet webpage. Go-Colorado webpage.
See chapter "88. Mica Lake -- 1161 & 1162" in Aspen Tree Press book Hiking the 'Boat II.
See description "Mica Basin Trail #1162" under "North Map Trails" on Sky Terrain's map Steamboat Springs / Mount Zirkel.
2.5 + approach +1,388 Strenuous
Middle Pine Trail #1196.1A. USFS webpage. 3.4 + approach   Moderate
Morrison Divide Trail #1174. USFS webpage. Go-Colorado webpage. Wildernet webpage.
See chapter "45. Morrison Divide Trail -- 1174" in Aspen Tree Press book Hiking the 'Boat II.
13.3 +710 Moderate
Mountain View Trail #1032. Wildernet webpage.
See description "Mountain View Trail #1032" under "South Map Trails" on Sky Terrain's map Steamboat Springs / Mount Zirkel.
6.0 + approach +550 Moderate
Nipple Peak Trail #1147. USFS east trailhead webpage. USFS west trailhead webpage. Mountain Travel Guide webpage.
See chapter "71. Nipple Peak Trail -- 1147" in Aspen Tree Press book Hiking the 'Boat II.
10.2   Strenuous
North Derby Trail #1122. USFS webpage. Go-Colorado webpage.
See chapter "55. Hooper and Keener Lakes -- 1122 & 1160" in Aspen Tree Press book Hiking the 'Boat II.
See chapter "56. Flat Top Mountain via 1122" in Aspen Tree Press book Hiking the 'Boat II.
See chapter "26 Garfield County: Flat Top Mountain" in FalconGuides book Hiking Colorado's Summits.
See section "North Derby Trail 1122 and Hooper Lake Trail 1860" in Westwinds Press book The Hiking and Camping Guide to the Flat Tops Wilderness.
2.2 +520 Moderate
North Dunckley Trail #1139. USFS webpage. 3.1   Moderate
North Fork Elkhead Trail #1146. USFS trailhead webpage. Mountain Travel Guide webpage. 5.4   Moderate
North Lake Trail #1164. USFS trailhead webpage. USFS quicksheet. AllTrails webpage.
See chapter "33. To Lost Ranger Peak from North Lake Trailhead -- 1164" in Aspen Tree Press book Hiking the 'Boat II.
See chapter "85. North Lake -- 1164" in Aspen Tree Press book Hiking the 'Boat II.
See chapter "86. Dome Lake" in Aspen Tree Press book Hiking the 'Boat II.
See chapter "87. Wolverine Basin Lakes" in Aspen Tree Press book Hiking the 'Boat II.
See description "North Lake Trail #1164" under "North Map Trails" on Sky Terrain's map Steamboat Springs / Mount Zirkel.
5.4   Moderate
Old West Fish Creek Trail #1111. USFS webpage. 8.9   Moderate
Oliver Creek Trail #1147.1A. Go-Colorado webpage. 2.7   Easy to Moderate
Pioneer Trail #1149.1B. USFS trailhead webpage.      
Prospector Trail #1156. USFS trailhead webpage. Go-Colorado webpage.
See chapter "63. Prospector Trail -- 1156" in Aspen Tree Press book Hiking the 'Boat II.
See chapter "64. Prospector Extension -- Northwest" in Aspen Tree Press book Hiking the 'Boat II.
See chapter "65. Prospector Extension -- East" in Aspen Tree Press book Hiking the 'Boat II.
See description "Prospector Motorized Lake Trail #1156" under "North Map Trails" on Sky Terrain's map Steamboat Springs / Mount Zirkel.
5.4 +800 Moderate
Red Dirt Pass Trail #1142. USFS trailhead webpage. Wildernet webpage.
See chapter "92. Slavonia Mining Camp -- Trails 1150 and 1142" in Aspen Tree Press book Hiking the 'Boat II.
See chapter "93. Mt. Zirkel Summit" in Aspen Tree Press book Hiking the 'Boat II.
See chapter "30 Routt County: Mount Zirkel" in FalconGuides book Hiking Colorado's Summits.
See description "Red Dirt Pass Trail #1142 (Mount Zirkel Approach)" under "North Map Trails" on Sky Terrain's map Steamboat Springs / Mount Zirkel.
See description "Mount Zirkel Climb" under "North Map Trails" on Sky Terrain's map Steamboat Springs / Mount Zirkel.
2.3 + approach +1,500 Moderate
Red Dirt Trail #1171. USFS trailhead webpage. USFS quicksheet. Go-Colorado webpage.
See chapter "16. Red Dirt Trail -- 1171" in Aspen Tree Press book Hiking the 'Boat II.
See description "Red Dirt Trail #1171" under "South Map Trails" on Sky Terrain's map Steamboat Springs / Mount Zirkel.
6.3 +1,600 Strenuous
Roaring Fork Trail #1166. USFS trailhead webpage. Wildernet webpage.
See description "Roaring Fork Trail #1166" under "North Map Trails" on Sky Terrain's map Steamboat Springs / Mount Zirkel.
3.4 +1,400  
Saddle Trail #1140.
See chapter "15. Saddle Trail -- 1140" in Aspen Tree Press book Hiking the 'Boat II.
1.1   Strenuous
Salt Park Trail #1114.1A. USFS webpage. 1.9 + approach   Moderate
Sand Creek Trail #1123.  USFS webpage. Go-Colorado webpage. Wildernet webpage.
See chapter "48. Four Fun Lakes: Spring, Camel, Crater, Sand -- 1123" in Aspen Tree Press book Hiking the 'Boat II.  
See section "Sand Creek Trail 1123" in Westwinds Press book The Hiking and Camping Guide to the Flat Tops Wilderness.
9.7 +1,230 Strenuous
Sarvis Creek Trail #1105. Also known as Service or Sarvice Creek Trail. USFS webpage. Wildernet webpage.
See chapter "42. Sarvis (Service, Sarvice) Creek Trail -- 1105 Peak" in Aspen Tree Press book Hiking the 'Boat II.
12.2 +2,236 Moderate
Sawmill Creek Trail #1145. USFS trailhead webpage. Mountain Travel Guide webpage. 3.6   Moderate
Sawtooth Trail #1165. USFS webpage. Go-Colorado webpage. Wildernet webpage.
See section "Sawtooth Trail 1165" in Westwinds Press book The Hiking and Camping Guide to the Flat Tops Wilderness.
1.8 + approach +80 Easy
Scott Run Trail #1177. Also known as Hinman Creek Trail. USFS trailhead webpage. USFS quicksheet. Mountain Travel Guide webpage.
See chapter "77. Hinman Lake and View -- 1177" in Aspen Tree Press book Hiking the 'Boat II.
See description "Hinman Cr (Scotts Run) Trail #1177" under "North Map Trails" on Sky Terrain's map Steamboat Springs / Mount Zirkel.
6.1 Moderate
Sherman Trail #1010. USFS trailhead webpage.      
Silver Creek Trail #1106. USFS webpage. Go-Colorado webpage. Wildernet webpage.
See chapter "43. Silver Creek Trail -- 1106" in Aspen Tree Press book Hiking the 'Boat II.
See chapter "19 Silver Creek Trail" in FalconGuides book Hiking Colorado: A Guide to the State's Greatest Hikes.
10.7 +1,770 Strenuous
South Fork Creek Trail #1100.3A. USFS trailhead webpage.
See description "South Fork Trail #1100.3A" under "North Map Trails" on Sky Terrain's map Steamboat Springs / Mount Zirkel.
3.0 +400  
South Fork Trail #1113 / #1113.1A. No information available.      
Stinsby Trail #1193. 4.9   Moderate
Swamp Park Trail #1100. (Also known as Mad Creek Trail.) USFS Burn Ridge Trailhead webpage. USFS Mad Creek Trailhead webpage. USFS quicksheet.
See chapter "14. Mad Creek Hikes -- 1100" in Aspen Tree Press book Hiking the 'Boat II.
See chapter "83. South Fork of the Elk River -- 1100 & 1100A" in Aspen Tree Press book Hiking the 'Boat II.
See description "Mad Creek Trail #1100" under "South Map Trails" on Sky Terrain's map Steamboat Springs / Mount Zirkel.
22.4 +2,250 Moderate
Taylor Creek Trail #1183.1B. USFS trailhead webpage.      
Three Island Lake Trail #1163. Also known as #1163.1A. USFS lower trailhead webpage. USFS upper trailhead webpage. USFS quicksheet. Wildernet webpage.
See chapter "36. Three Island Lake" in Altitude Publishing book The Best Hikes of Colorado.
See chapter "84. Three Island Lake -- 1163" in Aspen Tree Press book Hiking the 'Boat II.
See description "Three Island Lake Trail #1163" under "North Map Trails" on Sky Terrain's map Steamboat Springs / Mount Zirkel.
6.1 +2,800 Easy to Moderate
Trail #1154. No information available.      
Transfer Trail #1172. USFS webpage. Go-Colorado webpage. Wildernet webpage.
See section "Transfer Trail 1172" in Westwinds Press book The Hiking and Camping Guide to the Flat Tops Wilderness.
0.6 +219 Easy
West Fish Creek Trail #1098. USFS webpage. Go-Colorado webpage. 8.0 -320 Easy
Whiskey Creek Trail #1197. Also known as Rose Creek Trail. USFS trailhead webpage.      
Wilson Mesa Trail #1115. 3.5   Easy
Windy Point Trail #1195. USFS webpage. 4.5 + approach   Moderate
Wyoming / Continental Divide Trail #1101. Section of Continental Divide National Scenic Trail. Base Camp Trailhead north to Wyoming border. USFS Base Camp Trailhead webpage. USFS Buffalo Pass Trailhead webpage. USFS Powerline Trailhead webpage. USFS Seedhouse Trailhead webpage. USFS quicksheet. Wildernet webpage.
See chapter "20. Grizzly Lake -- 1101" in Aspen Tree Press book Hiking the 'Boat II.
See chapter "24. Day Hike on Wyoming Trail -- 1101" in Aspen Tree Press book Hiking the 'Boat II.
See chapter "25. Round Mountain Lake -- 1132" in Aspen Tree Press book Hiking the 'Boat II.
See chapter "26. Porcupine Lake -- 1101 & 1202" in Aspen Tree Press book Hiking the 'Boat II.
See chapter "31. Mount Ethel via 1101" in Aspen Tree Press book Hiking the 'Boat II.
See chapter "32. To Lost Ranger Peak from Summit Lake -- 1101" in Aspen Tree Press book Hiking the 'Boat II.
See chapter "38. Six Fishing Lakes: Fishhook, Lost, Elmo, Round, Percy and Long -- Wyoming Trail -- 1101" in Aspen Tree Press book Hiking the 'Boat II.
See chapter "79-80. North Fork of the Elk River --  1101" in Aspen Tree Press book Hiking the 'Boat II.
See description "Wyoming Trail #1101" under "South Map Trails" on Sky Terrain's map Steamboat Springs / Mount Zirkel.
62.8 -788 Strenuous

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