Williams Creek Trail is a 19.7 mile lightly trafficked out and back trail located near Creede, Colorado that features a lake and is rated as difficult. The trail offers a number of activity options and is best used from June until October. Dogs and horses are also able to use this trail.

Length19.7 miElevation gain4,278 ftRoute typeOut & back
BackpackingCampingHikingHorseback ridingNature tripsWalkingBird watchingRunningDog friendlyForestLakeRiverViewswild-flowersWildlifeRocky
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Gary Crawford
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HikingRocky

Not sure why the app says only 5.6 miles. It’s about 10 miles one way so we didn’t make it to the end. The occasional views were great but the trail had a lot of loose gravel and big rocks. Hope you’re in shape or else it will kick your ass, even then, it still might. Highly recommend hiking shoes or boots for this trail.

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Matthew Wood
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HikingGreat!Rocky

a beautiful trail with a few steep climbs buy honestly every view from the climb was breathtaking.

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Mark Doering
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Horseback ridingGreat!

Great horse trail. Several small creek crossings and beautiful meadows and dramatic canyon views.

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Greg Schaffner
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Hiking

Awesome

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Jeremy Barney
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Hiking

Good hike with moderate traffic. Went a little later in the season so the water flow was not as much as it was when there was snow melt and monsoon season was not quite upon us. Turned back at a river crossing with a big tree going across it. Pretty meadow several miles in and the water was cool and refreshing.

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Roy Dominguez
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Hiking

Scout my wife and I hiked the lower section of the trail that follows the river ,to the fall. We went in about 1-1/2 miles and crossed the river, trail was not distinctive enough to follow so we turned back . We had lunch on a log about half way back ,we enjoyed it even though it was short and we were not able to complete it .

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Brian Earl Spillner
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Hiking

Didn’t pop the cherry on my new fly rod but it’s a nice area

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Ryan Whiteside
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Hiking

Mostly in the woods with occasional views of the mountains and river canyon formed by Williams Creek. The picture of the photo must be Williams Lake, which would be a very long day hike. Not a particularly interesting trail.

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Ed Echols
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HikingRocky

Good scenery to the creek but the trail is extremely beat up to horse traffic. Lots of loose everything.

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Jaclyn Kilburn
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Hiking

A beautiful trail that is easy to follow, with plenty of flowering meadows. My husband and I had to cross a couple creeks by rock/log hopping. We didn’t come across anyone else on the trial. Initially the ascent was somewhat difficult, but it levels off after about 2 miles. Plenty of large animal scat and markings along the trail, but no animal sightings other than birds and chipmunks. We went in about 5 miles and had to turn around due to family waiting on us. I didn’t time it going up, but going down took 1 hour 45 minutes. I would have loved to go further, but I will have to save it for next time.

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Toni Carlile
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Hiking

This trail is pretty steep and rocky. Some great views along the way. Cross the stream a couple of times. Opens into a meadow after about 1.5 to 2 miles with access to the river across the meadow. We turned back at this point. Took us about 2.5 hours to do this much.

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Tim Thompson
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Hiking

A nice trail, beautiful views. The hike starts steep and rock strewn but levels out and is an easier walk. I walked to the creek but couldn’t see any other trail.

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Allyson Kiser
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Hiking

This trail does not reach the summit point. It appeared to be about 5 miles further in! Great hike, much longer than anticipated.

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Gerry Lindstrom
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Hiking

My wife and I set out on Williams CreekTrail for a day hike. In Short, was a great hike. The trail wasn't too difficult, and climbs at a pretty steady rate. Unfortunately, like everyone else that has hiked the trail recently, Williams Creek was flowing to fast to cross so we turned around after 3 miles.

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Abby Leishman
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Hiking

The trail is beautiful. We hiked it on 6/7, and Williams Creek was so flooded we couldn’t get past 2.5 miles. There was also a lot of cougar scat along the trail, especially the second half, which was pretty scary!

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Julie Stanley
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Beautiful hike. We did this 06/05/19. The only snow on the trail was a tiny patch you could step over. We saw elk in both meadows. We hiked in three miles to William's Creek, which had a lot of fast moving water, and turned around making it a 6 mile hike.

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Claire Verdoorn
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Beautiful variety of scenery!

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Joseph Kottas
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Hiking

Great trail minus the 180lb mountain lion I spotted about 40 yards from me on my way up. Was about 5 min from reaching top and once I saw I could be cat food I stood tall and slowly started stepping backwards. I think I came down in record time.lol

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Anthony Martinez
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A challenging trail with amazing views! Our family loved it!

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Steven Seni
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Hiking

Just did (7/6-7/8) Williams Creek Trail (587) to Williams Lake Trail (664) ending at Williams Lake (returned same way total 24 mi). Lots of deadfall trees (125 trees and i did count them) on trail, but crew clearing trail should be done by now. Crew said they cut and move 50 trees/d. Hats off and thanks. Heading up you pass a nice campsite on left with large meadow and creek access at about 3.5mi. Trail crosses Williams creek twice on way up. Can rock hop across this year with relatively low flow (years past you get wet feet). I camped at last large meadow on right before the steeps at about 6.2mi. This site has good terrain for camping and the creek is close, but lots and lots of black flies. Trail surface is good to excellent all the way to the lake. Intersect Williams lake trail at 8.2 mi. Lots of fair camping locations in this area. Lake at 10.6 mi and is above tree line. This year lake is green with high temps and low flows. Monsoon season has begun with high probability of afternoon and evening rain, hail, and lightning. If you can get beyond the abundant dead blue spruce trees, this is a very nice hike with excellent exposures of varied volcanic geology. Trail offers possibility of connection to Continental divide trail (beyond Williams lake about .8 mi) and a return hike via Squaw Pass and Cimarrona Creek Trail.

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Justin Hudson
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Backpacking

In the end, it was an amazing weekend (6/29 - 7/1/18) There were 194 downed logs on the trail which added hours having to climb over/under, go around them. We ran into a horse crew on the way down that said a crew was going to be there 1st or 2nd week in July. Wouldn’t do it again unless clear. There was an upside; didn’t see another soul at the lake the entire weekend. Beautiful spot in the world. GREAT fishing so take your fly rod. Day hiking was accessible and the divide trail only 30-1hr from lake. Wildflowers were going off. Smoke was varying all weekend due to fires.

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Jill Beekman
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Pretty. We only took it for 2 miles and turned around due to dark clouds overtop.

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Jan Berry
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Beautiful day to hike William's Creek Trail! We forgot to download the map and of course there is no service in the valley. Even if we'd had the map, I don't think it would have helped us. The All Trails app says that at 6.1 miles, the trail stops but backpackers said that you could take it to the Continental Divide Trail. And our Gazetteer map shows that we could have gone as far as a lake just below the CDT if we had gone about 2 miles further. As it was, I think we went in about 6 miles - crossed two pretty good-sized rivers and passed through three large, gorgeous meadows. Great day!

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Angela Bryan Hunt
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Hiked on July 28. Steep uphill climb at first 1.5 miles. Gets easier after that thru nice meadows. At split between two trails we stayed left. At 3 miles nice Creek that my group played in. We turned around and went back at that point.

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Jason Groves
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Hiking

Great hike with some beautiful views. The look down the canyon at about 1.5 miles in on the switchbacks is great! About 3.5 miles in there was a pretty deep creek crossing, getting shin deep was unavoidable. Went about 4.5 miles in before turning around for the out and back.

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Peter Nesbitt
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Hiking

This is one of our favorite trails. It is great for out-and-back hikes, or your may connect to Alpine Gulch on top and go down the other side of the mountain. WARNING: Many hikers will tell you to "just follow the cairns" to connect to Alpine Gulch. We tried this last year and ended-up bush-wacking off the mountain until we finally found the Alpine Gulch trail. Our error was not taking a map, and the map on our Garmin GPS did not connect the two trails. Thankfully the GPS did allow us to plot a course that connected to a portion of Alpine Gulch which allowed us to get off the mountain. Local Search and Rescue guys say that this is a common trail where hikers get lost on top of the mountain. This would be a bad place to be lost when a storm rolls-in, as there is no quick and easy escape. The view above the tree line from Williams Creek is FANTASTIC. Several gulch crossings were steep and covered with snow when we went, but we managed the crossings without incident. We saw the largest coyote ever... or possibly a black wolf... but everyone says that there are no wolves in this area. There are numerous creek crossings along the Alpine Gulch side, so be prepared to get wet or cross with care.

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William Elliott
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Hiking

Great trail. Beautiful views. Easy walk but there are a loud of downed trees from the bark beetles. It's still a great hike.

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Maura Edison
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Nice, easy trail overall. Babbling brook along side - wonderful to listen to while walking. We went May 11, 2013 - no snow but ice still in creek. Dogs allowed. Great vistas of surrounding terra.

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Bozena Mrozek
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