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Little Blanco Trail

Basics
Location:
East of Pagosa Springs
Setting:
Mountainous
Length:
16 mile roundtrip
Time:
8 to 9.5 hours
Trailhead Elevation:
10000 feet
Elevation Change:
2160 feet
Season:
Summer - Fall

Description

This trail is eight miles in length from trailhead to the Continental Divide Trail at its junction with Quartz Creek Trail (571). First 2 miles are steep with switchbacks. At mile 4, the Quartz Lake Trail (568) goes about one mile north to the lake. Little Blanco Trail continues northeast four miles to the Divide. The section of trail above timberline seems to be on a storm track, so use caution during thunderstorms. The highest point is 12,200 feet; total ascent is 2,160 feet.

Details

Location:
East of Pagosa Springs
Setting:
Mountainous
Length:
16 mile roundtrip
Time:
8 to 9.5 hours
Trailhead Elevation:
10000
Elevation Change:
2160
Season:
Summer - Fall

Map + Directions

Basic Directions

From Pagosa Springs, go south on U.S. Hwy. 84 for 1/8 mile, turn left on Mill Creek Road (FDR 662). Proceed 6.5 miles, then at the junction take Nipple Mountain Road (FDR 665) to the right. Continue 9.5 miles to the trailhead.


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