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Coulton Creek Trail

Basics
Location:
Near Steamboat Springs
Setting:
Mountainous
Length:
13 mile roundtrip
Difficulty:
Intermediate,
Difficult
Time:
6 to 7 hours
Trailhead Elevation:
7600 feet
Elevation Change:
1000 feet
Season:
Spring, Summer, Fall

Description

Trail #1188

The Coulton Creek trail is accessible earlier in the season because of its lower elevation. The snow clears, but the trail does remain wet until later June. Solitude seekers will enjoy this moderate hike along with its views of the Elk River Valley, wildflower meadows and aspen groves. These groves of aspen are rewarding later with the change of season and the brilliance of fall colors. Expect moderate use of this trail during hunting seasons. Orange vests are advisable this time of year.

Coulton Creek Trail begins climbing through clear areas and into aspen groves providing the first views of the Elk River Valley. Soon the trail will split while crossing over FDR 429; take the right hand trail. The hiker will continue to climb and level off and climb again coming to meadows. Once you cross FDR 429 again, the trail forks again. To continue on trail 1188 continue left to its dead end, approximately 1 mile from the base of Farwell mountain. This hike offers a popular 7.8 mile alternative loop that will take the hiker back to Seedhouse road by following trail 1188 to its second fork, the Cutover Trail #1188A, crossing over to Hinman Creek Trail #1177 (turn right) and on back to Seedhouse road. It is an additional 1.5 miles back to the 1188 trailhead on the road surface.

Tour Companies

  • Near Steamboat Springs
  • Hiking
  • 970-879-3858

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Details

Location:
Near Steamboat Springs
Setting:
Mountainous
Length:
13 mile roundtrip
Difficulty:
Intermediate
Difficult
Time:
6 to 7 hours
Trailhead Elevation:
7600
Elevation Change:
1000
Season:
Spring, Summer, Fall
Useful Map(s):
USGS Quad: Farwell Mtn.

Map + Directions

Basic Directions

Take Hwy. 40 west of Steamboat Springs about 2 miles and turn right on to County Road 129. Travel north about 18 miles to the Seedhouse Road (FDR 400; also CR 64) and turn right. Continue for 4.5 miles to the #1188 sign. Park on the side of 400 or turn left onto FDR 429, travel 1/10th mile to the 1188 trailhead and park here.


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