Payne Creek Trail

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Payne Creek Trail ist ein 13.5 Meilen langer, moderat besuchter Hin- und Rückweg in der Nähe von Bailey, Colorado. Er führt durch schönen Wald, vorbei an herrlichen Aussichtspunkten und es gibt schöne Wildblumen und oftmals Wildtiere zu sehen. Aufgrund der Steigung und Distanz ist die Strecke als schwierig einzustufen. Es gibt verschiedene Aktivitätsmöglichkeiten. Die Route ist am besten von Mai bis Oktober zugänglich. Hunde sind erlaubt, müssen allerdings an der Leine gehalten werden.

Entfernung: 13.5 miles Höhenunterschied: 3,139 feet Routentyp: Hin & zurück

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Directions from Bailey: From Bailey proper leave Highway 285 opposite the Post Office and turn on to County Road 64. Drive .45 miles to a Y in the road. Follow the left side of the Y, which is a gravel road and continue 1.6 miles to the trailhead.

wandern
4 months ago

A gorgeous, quiet trail in the Lost Creek Wilderness. Be sure to follow the written directions on this app!! Google maps tried to take me down some private roads and I ended up on a terrifying stretch of 4x4 trying to avoid the private property. Turn at the post office like the directions say and you’ll be fine. We were there juuuust before the aspens changed, but there’s a gorgeous grove at the top of that crazy climb (as others have said, The Road is an asskicker). This would be so beautiful when the leaves are at their peak! Connects to the Craig Creek trail if you’re looking to make it really long).

Laufen
5 months ago

Wasn’t quite sure where the trail ended, as it seems to fizzle off at about 7 miles out, but a beautiful run/hike nonetheless! At about 6 miles out, we saw a brown bear cub

5 months ago

Great little challenging day hike. You don't have to stop at the bottom where the creek is . You can keep following the trail if you choose to to catch up to the Colorado Trail. Very beautiful on the southern side of the mountain. for a Saturday this Trail was not in use hardly at all compared to other popular sites. It is not for the weak legged for sure. coming up on the North side you will run into Rocky incline. On the south it's smooth and steady all the way down to the creek. amazing wildflowers we're blooming this year the Colorado mountains are amazing due to all the moisture that they have had. If you decide to stay at night make sure you have good bug spray and don't forget to bring protection against Bears.

wandern
5 months ago

wild flowers!!!

Thu Nov 29 2018

Nothing to crazy to see. It does have some decent incline. I did use crampons for some more grip because of snow on the trail. Otherwise pretty easy.

Fri Oct 12 2018

Trail is not closed, I did a solo over night hike here 10/6/18 -10/7/18. Hiked 8.5 mimes in from brookside/ Payne Creek trailhead. A couple miles in there is a junction, go left (Payne Gulch). Pretty trail. Not too difficult. Found a spot to hike alongside the Creek. Only saw two other guys on the trail. I just moved here from St. Louis MO, with no real hiking/back packing experience and did fine.

rucksacktour
Sun Jun 10 2018

This trail is not closed! We hiked it about two weeks as an overnight with the dog. It was not very crowded and there was a beautiful aspen grove at one point. There is really only water right when you enter Lost Creek Wilderness and at the end of the trail where you can camp for the night. There was a good amount of people camping but there were plenty of spots and we were not near anyone. Great hike! It was a perfect hike for end of May, very warm.

rucksacktour
Sun Dec 31 2017

An update to my review from a year ago. - The trail is not closed as of 9/4/2018. This is one of my favorite trails in the Lost Creek Wilderness. I usually hike it as a loop leaving one car at the Rolling Creek Trail head and the other at Payne Gulch. This can be done as a long day hike or a more relaxed overnight with awesome camping in the meadow of Payne Creek. I've done both. Hardly ever encounter more than just a few people. I like starting at Rolling Creek and then hiking north on the trail.

wandern
Tue Sep 26 2017

Hiked back 10 miles (to the intersection with the Colorado Trail). Nice challenging hike. Trail was easy to follow pretty much the whole way. A couple spots gave me pause, but the path became obvious with a little more observation. The loose rock in the trail made the downhill portions killer. 70% of the "work", and 95% of the pain, came from managing the loose rock. Saw elk and deer. Saw bear and possible mountain lion droppings. Not a set destination to hike to, but nice scenery and I enjoyed the solitude.

wandern
Sun Jun 11 2017

Pleasant hike. Pine with a few Aspen groves. Not very busy.

Mon May 08 2017

Wish the trails were better marked & coincide with the trailhead map.

wandern
Sun Mar 19 2017

First hour a moderate uphill to trail junction. The next hour climbs more steeply to wilderness boundary. In mid-March, there was patchy snow on the trail on north-facing slopes. Once you reach the top of the rise, it is a nice downhill (no snow) all the way to the Meadows. More snow once you cross Payne Creek. Only saw a few other hikers on the way in and the same on the way out.

Sun Oct 09 2016

well worth finding the trail head.

wandern
Fri Sep 30 2016

Like all Colorado trails, one must get more than three miles out to know anything about the trail. The first three miles of Payne Creek will weed out the weekenders, undoubtedly. This ain't Mt. Bierstadt, with wheelchair accessible trails and burrito salesmen at 6 AM. This is out-there-alone-hiking. Of course, you ain't really alone, are you? The piles of bears*** every quarter mile will remind you of that. This trail is what I refer to as, "a hump." It's a steady hike up for three miles, meandering through bear country and mountain lion paradise before you come to "The Road." As another reviewer stated, The Road is no joke. It's about 1.7 miles of steep uphill hiking. It's unrelenting. (-and undoubtedly the reason why we only saw one group of badass middle-aged women, and one well-dressed family, who had a fantastic hatter and clever accents, beyond that treacherous hill) The Road is rocky, like a creek bed, but as wide as an old logging road. The real joy is, you get it both ways. As soon as one finally summit's that sonbitch, one begins a steep hump down it. This is all fine and dandy on the way out. On the way back, it's Kilimanjaro. We set out for the CT. I had to guess that it was about 10 miles out, one way. In all the reviews, I couldn't find anyone who could talk about distances beyond the first five or so, miles. I don't get many days to hike, so like some-a'-you, I want it to hurt for a few days when it's over. I want to go far and fast. I want it to hurt like hell on the way back. Brookside/McCurdy trail winds on for a little over a mile before Payne Creek splits off. It's a hard-hard left, and in the dark you could miss it. It was about 9.7 miles from the Brookside/McCurdy Trailhead sign, to the Colorado Trail/Payne Creek Trail sign, so maybe just over 8 miles on Payne Creek, from start to finish? Regardless, it's awesome. It's a great dog-trail, with plenty of water and shade. The trail is mostly softish, but it's rocky too. As far as camping, there are some super-cool spots (perhaps illegally close to the water, but too far out there for anyone to police it) just waiting to be taken. So, here's my summary. Payne Creek is 8ish miles on somewhat predicable 9000-10000 ft trails, but stunningly beautiful for it. A 20-miler on PCT will put you down for a day or so, in that -oh-you-hurt-me-so-good kind of way. Push up that 1.7 miles of hot torment and see the part no one else is talking about.

rucksacktour
Sun Aug 14 2016

The crowds were non-existent. The views were not epic Colorado views but it was still really nice. There were still some wildflowers. I bet they are amazing earlier in the year. The aspen groves were lovely and I bet stunning in the fall. We hiked out 6.75 miles and camped in one of the sites by the creek. The trail is rated as moderate but don't be fooled. The hike over the pass is pretty tough with a full pack. Coming back down it was no picnic either. We saw tons of bear scat on the trail but luckily no bears. Didn't see much in the way of wildlife at all which was surprising. Given the lack of crowds I thought we might see something.

wandern
Thu Jun 02 2016

Ibeautiful, a few early wildflowers & only saw 3 others people.

Camping
Sun Aug 16 2015

I started at the Payne Creek Trail head. I was planning to get to Craig Meadows but stopped short due to a nice set of storms (and a bit of fatigue). Took me about an hour to the wilderness sign in, and another hour to the top of the pass with a beautiful aspen forest. From there, I went about 30-40 min more down the back side of the pass and camped near the river at a large camp site. It rained a ton so I couldn't explore. Word to the wise: The climb, which was described as "steep" by some sources, is exactly that. And long. It is not a switchback, rather a straight up old jeep road that used to be used for logging. The Road was built with a car in mind, not a hiker with a backback. Be advised, the ascent to the pass from the wilderness sign is to be taken seriously, but only if you are backpacking. The trail takes you through pine and aspen forests with great wildflowers and the creek at the bottom where I camped (Craig creek?) was actually quite large for a mountain creek. While not making it down to the meadows, I'm sure there is a large hungry trout downstream somewhere. I'd like to loop this trail to the CO trail and out.

wandern
Sat Jul 18 2015

I took the Payne Creek Trail from the CO Trail segment 4 down to Craig Meadows. This was a good hike, I took the trail to the west end of the meadows (I was coming from the east), and then backtracked to where the campsites are on the east side of the meadows. The trail east of the meadows is nice, a little up and down, some considerable vert in a short distance, but nothing too bad. Some nice creek crossings. I camped at the confluence of the Craig Creek, and the Bluestem Draw. There are some nice pine forest campsites, and some down in the meadow. With the best one in the meadow being just after you cross the Craig Creek coming from the east. On my track I marked all 4 campsites I found on the hike.

wandern
Fri Oct 03 2014

Hopped onto the Payne Creek Trail after starting at the Rolling Creek/Colorado Trail trailhead south of Bailey. This section of the CO trail is nice and wide and travels steadily up until meeting up with the Payne Creek Trail. From there, you slowly descend into Craig Meadows. Beautiful stands of Aspens all along Payne Creek, great fishing in Craig Meadows. There are a few nice campsites in Craig Meadows too if you're looking to do some backpacking. Excellent hike for mid September.

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