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Starvation Creek Trail No. 1408

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Phone
Phone:
719-539-3591
Address
Pike & San Isabel National Forests Cimarron & Comanche National Grasslands
325 Rainbow Blvd.
Salida, CO 81201
Basics
Length:
6.5 miles
Difficulty:
Intermediate
Time:
4 - 5 hours
Trailhead Elevation:
9100 feet
Elevation Range:
9100 feet to 10885 feet
Elevation Change:
1785 feet
Season:
Summer to Fall

Description

Local legend has it that the creek got its name when an early fall blizzard trapped a local rancher's cattle. When the local cowhands got through the heavy snow, they found that all of the cattle had frozen in the deep snow. Hence, the name "Starvation Creek".

This trail is one of the most beautiful and peaceful trails around. A various locations the trail is surrounded by heavy timber and at one point the trail opens up into a lovely meadow. Creek crossings are numerous.

Length:
6.5 miles
Difficulty:
Intermediate
Time:
4 - 5 hours
Trailhead Elevation:
9100
Elevation Range:
9100 feet to 10885
Elevation Change:
1785
Season:
Summer to Fall
Basic Directions

From Poncha Springs, CO travel south on Hwy 285 for approximately 4.5 miles. Turn right onto County Road 200 and travel south for 2 miles to the trailhead at the Shirley Site. At the trailhead, turn right onto CR 203. Stay on this road for about 3/4 miles, crossing an old stone railroad bridge. After crossing the bridge, the road turns left and continues for about 2.5 miles to the trailhead.

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