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Colorado Trail: Best Of

Find your hike on the country's highest footpath.

Best Fishing Cochetopa Creek
According to thru-hiker Mick Gigone, the beaver ponds along Cochetopa Creek between Eddiesville and San Luis Pass are teeming with trophy cutthroat and rainbow. From Eddiesville trailhead, hike 1.5 miles to the mouth of Cochetopa Creek Basin. Work your way into the basin and wet your line between miles two and four. Try a
Parachute Adams.

Longest Stretch Above Treeline The 35 miles between Spring Creek and the top of the Elk Creek drainage

Highest Point Coney Peak (13,334 feet)

Best Week Molas Pass to Creede
This 72-miler has the trail’s highest point, its longest stretch above treeline, and a shag carpeting of wildflowers in late summer. Start at 10,899-foot Molas Pass and climb east through Elk Creek drainage to the barely there trail. You’ll track around 13,000-foot peaks and traverse tundra for the next six days. Camp at Eldorado Lake (mile 11), Cuba Gulch (mile 22), near Cataract Lake (mile 26.3), Ruby Creek (mile 37), and West Mineral Creek drainage (mile 55.3). Spend your final night at West Willow Creek.

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