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Coal Creek Basin Trail is a 18.2 mile lightly trafficked out and back trail located near Mesa, Colorado that features a river and is rated as difficult. The trail is primarily used for hiking, camping, birding, and backpacking and is best used from June until September. Dogs are also able to use this trail but must be kept on leash.

Length 18.2 mi Elevation gain 4,366 ft Route type Out & Back

Dogs on leash

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River

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Getting There

Colorado Tourism Office, 1625 Broadway, Suite 1700 , Denver, CO, 80202, Phone: 800-COLORADO

Directions from Grand Junction: Take Hwy 50 east twelve miles to Lands End Road. Take Lands End Road northeast for 14 miles to Wildrose Campground.

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Parker W
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HikingRocky

Did a variation. Found the trails on Gaia. Went up Coal Creek Basin and then up the switchback trail. Nice view from the top. Only a little snow at the very top. Took a left at the top and road walked Lands End Rd which did have some short sections of snow. Looped around to Wild Rose Picnic and returned on Coal Creek Trail. I did Kannah Creek to Carson Lake last weekend and there was a good amount of snow to navigate so I’d expect the same if you do the original loop. Recommend pants as the trail can be a overgrown. Saw a coyote, marmots, lizards and heard pikas.

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Ami Schiffbauer
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HikingBugsOver grown

Some beautiful views and pretty wildflowers, but this trail is overgrown in many places and mosquitoes are super thick right now; we made it to the Switchback Trail (about 4 miles in-- 705) and followed that up to the paved section of Lands End to get out of the bugs. Would love to try this again in the fall, though!

Rick Scribner
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BackpackingMuddyRocky

For this time of the year there was a lot of precipitation and the trail is extremely muddy. For camping expect cold temps, rain, sleet and snow.

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Janine Sluder
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A great, moderate day hike. Great views and wildlife. One of our favorite trails when we just need a quick getaway!

Landon Bain
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Kyle Scheve
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Brandon Schulteis
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