Williams Creek Trail to CDT/Squaw Pass to Cimarrona Trail

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Weminuche Wilderness

Williams Creek Trail to CDT/Squaw Pass to Cimarrona Trail is a 21.3 mile lightly trafficked point-to-point trail located near Creede, Colorado that features a lake and is rated as difficult. The trail is primarily used for hiking, camping, nature trips, and backpacking and is best used from June until October.

Length21.3 miElevation gain5,098 ftRoute typePoint to point
BackpackingCampingHikingNature tripsForestLakeRiverViewsWaterfallWildflowersWildlifeMuddyRockyScrambleSnowNo dogs
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Note: The term squaw is considered universally offensive by Indigenous groups in America due to its use for hundreds of years in a derogatory context. Indigenous activists have continued to work both locally and in more general educational efforts, to rename the locations across North America that contain the slur, as well as to eliminate the slur from the lexicon in general. See here for more info: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Squaw#Efforts_to_rename_placenames_and_terms_with_squaw_in_them A gorgeous backpacking route that goes from 8,000ft to 12,600. This route is pretty perfect for a 21 mile route and is filled with water opportunities and several close encounters with wildlife including moose. The end of this route links with the beginning portion of the route up Cimarrona Trail, so feel free to get wild and link the two and end at Poison Park. You can park in either parking lot for this route because you will return right next to your car.

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Joe Estes
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Hiking

Hiked this trail with my daughter last week. Have been hiking the Williams Creek Trail up and back for over 40 years but decided to continue on along the CDT and come down the Cimarrona trail this time. I would rate this trail as Hard and not Moderate. The Williams Creek as always was well marked and maintained. The biggest problem we encountered was that the trailhead off of the CDT was not marked, at all. We ended up continuing on the CDT about a mile before we noticed on the GPS that we were off track. After backtracking and doing a little searching we found the Cimarrona trailhead but zero markings. This added almost an hour to our hike. We should have started a little earlier in the day but didn’t get away until 6:45 am. We spent the last couple of miles trekking in the dark with a can of bear spray in one hand and flashlights in the other. Total time on the trail was 14 hours. Total mileage was supposed to be 22 miles after walking the 3/4 mile down the road to the Williams Creek TH. Both of out fitbits clocked the length at just over 30, including the extra couple of miles where we got off the trail. Curious if anyone else noticed a difference in the distance. Plenty of water going up Williams Creek trail but only one stop coming down Cimarrona. It’s a nice hike but advise to leave very early and be careful at the TH turns.

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Michael Freeman
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Backpacking
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absolutely amazing! I’d definitely do it again but this hike was extremely difficult. Part of it being the pace I had set but the majority of the hike is up an incline with rough terrain. Be ready for the workout of your life