Rapid Creek Trail

MODERATE 2 reviews

Rapid Creek Trail is a 4.5 mile out and back trail located near De Beque, Colorado that offers the chance to see wildlife. The trail is rated as moderate offers a number of activity options.

DISTANCE
4.5 miles
ELEVATION GAIN
1017 feet
ROUTE TYPE
Out & Back

birding

hiking

nature trips

trail running

walking

views

wildlife

1 month ago

This trail begins just outside of Palisade, CO (not DeBeque) and is a loop of just under 12 miles. You can hike up the Rapid Creek side to Cabin Reservoir, then back down the Cottonwood Creek side returning to the Trailhead. Or you can do it the opposite way, which is what I prefer.
I have camped at the reservoir overnight as well.
I have seen many tracks (bear, puma, bobcat, coyote, turkey, elk etc) and have captured all of those on trail cameras placed near this trail.
Beautiful views, moderate hiking. Hike up the Cottonwood side and back down the Rapid Creek side for best views. Bring lots of water as you will gain 2k in elevation. Bear spray would be a good idea too....

hiking
Sunday, November 17, 2013