Explore the most popular dog friendly trails near Creede with hand-curated trail maps and driving directions as well as detailed reviews and photos from hikers, campers and nature lovers like you.

Since the hiking trail doesn't come up easily when looking for hikes near Creede, but the road does, I wanted to include my review here too. This hike is 16 miles. The trail portion is 5 miles. It then connects to the road for another 2. After 7 miles you reach the information area about the eroded rocks. It's another mile to walk anywhere near the rocks. The forest is dead from beetle kill. The trail is not hard, just long. But having to hike 16 miles just to see the rocks made me think I would have rather backpacked in so I would have the opportunity to take a leisurely stroll around the rocks whose views is obscured by dead trees. Or in a day, I think it would be better to rent a RZR or horseback. If the forest weren't dead, perhaps I would have enjoyed the hike a bit more. I've hiked the whole CT so its not about not enjoying the scenery, it's just with a particular idea in mind, the rocks aren't visible for some time. More info and pics at https://etbtravelphotography.com/2018/07/30/things-to-do-in-creede/

This hike is 16 miles. The trail portion is 5 miles. It then connects to the road for another 2. After 7 miles you reach the information area about the eroded rocks. It's another mile to walk anywhere near the rocks. The forest is dead from beetle kill. The trail is not hard, just long. But having to hike 16 miles just to see the rocks made me think I would have rather backpacked in so I would have the opportunity to take a leisurely stroll around the rocks whose views is obscured by dead trees. Or in a day, I think it would be better to rent a RZR or horseback. If the forest weren't dead, perhaps I would have enjoyed the hike a bit more. I've hiked the whole CT so its not about not enjoying the scenery, it's just with a particular idea in mind, the rocks aren't visible for some time. More info and pics at https://etbtravelphotography.com/2018/07/30/things-to-do-in-creede/

backpacking
23 days ago

Did this trip on 6/11/18. The number of dead trees was concerning, both for having to find a place to pitch a tent that wasn't surround by dead trees ready to topple over, and also the fact the downed trees conceal the trail, particularly on the loop around the formations. GPS said the trail was 8 miles to tbe loop. Lots of campsites at the boundary, but also lots of ATV traffic in and out all afternoon at the end of the trail. Mostly had the whole night and morning in Wheeler to myself, which made it worth it. A nice moderate hike to a cool place.

hiking
25 days ago

Rex Falls is just a short hike. The entrance to a parking area is straight across from the Troutvale Reservoir as you enter the Brown Lakes State Wildlife Area. The trail starts at the end of the parking area and is just a short hike up. You do cross the stream several times, but it is very shallow and there are quite a few spots where logs have been laid across. There were 4 other people there with two dogs.

The 4WD was rough but certainly worth the drive. The road was free of trees aside from a few moved to the side but still wide enough for vehicles and ATVs. Some downed trees on hiking trail near Wheeler but not enough to be a major problem. Amazing views and terrain at the end of the upper trail to the bench.

scenic driving
28 days ago

Took this loop to see the old mines in a FJ Cruiser 4x4. No problems except steep in a couple of places . A car may have issues so be careful. Great drive and took it all the way to the end. Picked up a English girl at the top who was hiking the Colorado trail. Wife and I took her to Creede. Interesting drive and just amazed the hard work that went into mining silver, gold and stones.

hiking
1 month ago

Just hiked this trail with my 6 year old son and he had a blast! We saw some wildlife driving in as well as while on the hike. There is a lot of beetle kill timber all around the lake and I did not see but a few fish make a splash. It is a pretty hike with lots of flowers and is great for young children. Just be sure and watch out for all the dead timber.

hiking
1 month ago

Great hike with all kinds of terrain and vegetation. Was able to hike without issues with my 14 yo and 8 yo daughters. They both did great. Be prepared for jumping over quite a few downed trees. We only came across one other couple so this is a nice quiet hike and no animal sightings. My Apple Watch registered 4.53 miles and an elevation gain of 622 ft. I agree with Alexis below that this is not entirely easy and does require some gps use. Also, it’s closer to South Fork (about 5 miles away vs Creede which is more like 20-25 miles from the head).

Beautiful views but top part of trail is narrow and should take this rating to moderate. End of trail had been re-routed and we had to use gps to get to car because trail disappears. More like 6 miles also, not 4.

hiking
2 months ago

The road to the trail is in good shape and easy to find. We went clockwise around the trail. The first two miles are pretty well maintained and easy to distinguish the trail. The climb up to the top, going in that direction, can be strenuous as the trail is very narrow in parts and is loose. I’d say it would be a challenge to descend that way, too. Once to the top the trail is all but non-existent for about a mile or so as the tall grass and downed trees have obliterated in parts. We ended up having to use the gps from this app to ensure we were maintaining the right course. After we got back on track it was a nice hike down the mountain. There is a point near the end of the loop that the trail itself clearly goes off the marked route from this map. We didn’t know where that went so we actually stuck to the course and had some trouble with downed trees and the disappearing trail again. The trail doesn’t fork in real life like it does on this map. I suspect the trail has been relocated and the map doesn’t keep up. All that being said, the scenery was beautiful and I’d do it again with my kids this time.

This review is for the hiking trail.

The directions in a previous report are accurate. Take Pool Table Road 600 from CO 149 about halfway between Creede and South Fork. At the end of the road is a parking lot, bathrooms and a small campground. From their to the bench with the best views of the Wheeler Geologic Area is 7.9 miles per a GPS watch. We decided to mountain bike the first two miles to save time and walking until we got to the wilderness area where no biking is allowed - at the stream crossing. There were a ton of down trees in this first two miles which made biking pretty tough. Had to carry it over probably 30 downed dead trees killed by the pine beetles. So because of all the dead trees in the area I don’t expect this to get any better for the next 60 years or so. After you get to the parking area for Wheeler - you’ll meet up with the Jeep road about a mile before getting there - it’s another 0.9 miles to the actual Wheeler site. You’ll follow a path that will come to a sigh where you can go straight or left to Wheeler. We went straight first which takes you to the bottom with some cool formations and perspectives but it dead ends in about a half mile. We backtracked to the left hand turn and that takes you to the bench with the awesome views of Wheeler. Very unique and worth the almost 16 mile round trip. Biking the first two miles in saves some time and effort but with the downed trees it’s probably a wash. Round trip was about 8 hours.

Scenic and nice little hike. Fair amount of blown over trees on the trail and trail is very very lightly used / difficult to see in more grassy areas but doable. Did lose the trail the last half mile (went counter clockwise on the loop) and ended up hiking an extra mile so just be heads up. Overall great views of a lake, alpine meadows and some distant peaks. Road up to trail head was dry and clear. A little clearance may be needed (I drive a Silverado with standard clearance) as there are some dips in the road that'd make me nervous in a car.

Did this hike on 5/11/18. Hike is long but very doable in a day. Wherever the trail goes through the trees there are a significant amount of downed trees blocking the trail. The 4x4 trail was closed but wouldn’t be able to make it to the end bc of all the downed trees.

Great place to visit. Lots of things to see that range from beautiful scenic views to old buildings that are slowly becoming lost to time. Lots of wildlife in the area. Elk and mule deer are very common in the higher parts of the trail. Only draw back is that their are a lot of vacation homes a little ways down the road. If you are planning on driving threw the area with the old mining facilities, I would strongly recommend 4wd. It's a gravel road with a extremely steep incline.

Beautiful views with many places to learn about local history. Definitely would recommend.

hiking
6 months ago

Great little trail. Have seen moose here several times. Sadly the forest fire we had a few years ago, went around this area, so the view isn't as good as it once was, but it's still a beautiful trail.

backpacking
10 months ago

The reviews already submitted are accurate. I just did this hike over the course of two days. I recommend getting out there early. The best camping spots in my opinion are near the trail shelter which is a short trail just off the Wheeler Geological Area trail. Additionally, beware one of the creek crossings is quite large. It was very cold when I went and wet feet would have been a nightmare. If you go upstream about 100 yards you can find two logs to cross. The trip going back to the trailhead is a lot tougher as others mentioned (many uphill sections) Lastly, tie your shoes tight this trail killed my toenails.

hiking
10 months ago

Favorite CO hike!

My wife, 5 year old, 8 year old and I went on this yesterday. The scenery is out of this world! The hike itself was not too difficult for myself and my wife but the kids had a difficult time coming back. The hike there is mostly downhill, but the hike back is almost all uphill. We did this in about 4 hours, and it was totally worth it. I highly recommend it!

My husband and I explored the wheeler area on September 16 2017, we drove the 16 mile 4x4 road in our 2007 Chevy silverado. We made it fine. The road was very long and lots of mud puddles and places where there lots of rocks. It look us 2 1/2 hours to reach the trailhead where we camped in a tent for the night. Beautiful area but there is alot of dead trees due to beetles. We hiked the 2 mile loop . The views are amazing! The formations will make you wonder if you are still on planet earth. It was well worth the time and discomfort of the long rough road to get there! We saw a couple vehicles with flat tires so make sure you have a spare and don't attempt to drive this road without 4 wheel drive. I would of given it 5 stars if it weren't so hard to get to.

Nice hike, but lots of dead trees, fallen trees across path.

Monday, July 10, 2017

Super rewarding hike and not difficult at all! It's long but with very gradual elevation gain, we did a day hike starting at 8 and got back to the car around 4. Hiked around the area too. Magnificent views

off road driving
Monday, July 10, 2017

super cool drive to a couple of mines and thru the canyons. road is in pretty good condition, a 2wd with good tires can make it.

backpacking
Friday, June 30, 2017

Yesterday we visited Creed. What an awesome old mining town! We drove a ways then decided it was time to get off the beaten path and strap on our backpacks in order to see the ruins up close and personal. The river was flowing nicely so we picked up some hiking sticks and trekked across it in ice cold water almost to our knees, it was well worth it! Such interesting history and beautiful breath taking views! We had stopped by the mining museum before our drive/hike and picked up a map. I suggest making a day out of visiting this intriguing city!

off road driving
Monday, May 29, 2017

Great road with a lot of history. Recommend a 4 wheel drive. Pick up a book at the Chamber of Commerce for 3.00 to follow along on your drive

backpacking
Friday, April 28, 2017

Love this area! Hiked it a couple of years ago. The trail is absolutely beautiful until you reach the last mile or two when it coincides with the four-wheeler road (I had no idea ruts could possibly run that deep) - it was INCREDIBLY muddy. Also, it you plan on making this a day hike, I would recommend going really early to avoid potential rain/lightning in the summer months. Lots of wildflowers in the high alpine meadow near the top, varied landscape and terrain throughout, and it would be irresponsible of me to fail to mention the whole hoodoos-in-the-mountains thing. Pretty unique. Four stars ONLY because I wish the walking trail remained separate from the road the entire way up.

hiking
Monday, March 27, 2017

Crazy cool hike!! This is a very unique spot in Colorado. The hike is long, but mainly flat. The hike mainly goes across a flat mesa that is around 10,000 feet. The geologic area is out of this world beautiful. Check it out

This is was first national monument is the US but was designated a wilderness because so few people could make the difficult trek to the remote area. It is so cool to see how the unique geologic history of the area manifested itself.

hiking
Monday, November 14, 2016

The hike is moderate to difficult. The thing that makes it hard is the length. You also climb the last two miles back to the trailhead at the end and that was tough for me. The hoodoos were very cool and no one else around!

Saturday, August 13, 2016

Really nice short day hike with lots of different scenery. Best to have a high clearance vehicle to reach the trail head.

Saturday, May 21, 2016

Very easy hike. Great for the whole family.

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