Sweetwater Trail

HARD 2 reviews
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Sweetwater Trail is a 4.3 mile heavily trafficked out and back trail located near Dotsero, Colorado that offers scenic views and is rated as difficult. The trail offers a number of activity options and is best used from May until November. Dogs are also able to use this trail.

DISTANCE
4.3 miles
ELEVATION GAIN
1,072 feet
ROUTE TYPE
Out & Back

dog friendly

birding

camping

hiking

nature trips

walking

views

Directions from Vail: Go 43 miles west on I-70 to the Dotsero exit. Follow signs for Sweetwater turning north onto the Colorado River road. Go 7 miles, turn left onto the Sweetwater Creek road. Stay on this road for 11.2 miles. Limited parking for vehicles is available near the cabins of the Sweetwater Wilderness Ranch. Another small parking lot, accessible by 4-wheel drive only, is located another 1/4 mile up at Hilltop Ranch. From Hilltop Ranch, go through the gate and hike up 1/4 mile on this connecting trail to the beginning of the Sweetwater Trail. There are no facilities at the trailhead.

hiking
5 months ago

Great little hike.

hiking
8 months ago

The trail is no longer public, private landowner now.