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Best trails in Crestone

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Looking for a great trail near Crestone, Colorado? AllTrails has 9 great hiking trails, views trails, forest trails and more, with hand-curated trail maps and driving directions as well as detailed reviews and photos from hikers, campers, and nature lovers like you. If you're looking for the best trails in Great Sand Dunes National Park and Preserve, we've got you covered. You'll also find some great local park options, like Temple Canyon Park or Texas Creek OHV Area. Gearing up for a challenge? There are 8 hard trails in Crestone ranging from 5.5 to 11.7 miles and from 8,566 to 14,169 feet above sea level. Start checking them out and you'll be out on the trail in no time!
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Map of trails in Crestone
Top trails (9)
#1 - Willow Lake Trail
Sangre de Cristo Wilderness
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Length: 10.2 mi • Est. 5 h 5 m
Deep in the heart of the Sangre De Cristo mountains in southern Colorado, Willow Lake provides a respite for the waters draining the Obstruction Peak glacial trough, as they rush north and west toward the central Colorado basin. If you tee off from the top of Obstruction Peak, Willow Lake is in the center of the dog-leg left, with 500 yard long meadow of Willow Creek Park as the green. The trailhead east of Crestone launches you on a 9-11 mile journey that will take you through forests of fir, arbors of aspen, and skirts of skree. Depending on the time of year you make this trek the streams you encounter along the way will be trickles or torrents. In about 2.5 hours you can climb to the west end of Willow Lake. Add another half hour and tack on a mile to your shoe treads, you can reach the falls at the east end of the lake, which will allow you to see Challenger Pt, Kit Carson Mtn, and Obstruction Peak - just remember to account for the additional time and mileage for the return trip. Show more
#2 - Challenger Point
Rio Grande National Forest
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Length: 11.7 mi • Est. 8 h 18 m
A long beautiful hike up to the summit named after the space shuttle Challenger. Follow the signs from the trailhead directing you to Willow Lake. After many switchbacks you will come to Willow Lake, stay on the left (North) side of the lake and follow the trail up above the cliffs.The trail will now lead you directly up to the ridge to the South. It is a bit hard to follow for a while, but the key is to stay just to the right (West) of a couloir that also leads directly up to the ridge. When you reach the ridge follow it east to the summit of Challenger Point. A plaque on the summit will let you know you have arrived.Show more
#3 - Crestone Needle from Old South Colony Trailhead
Sangre de Cristo Wilderness
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Length: 5.5 mi • Est. 4 h 15 m
Climbing experience and gear is required for this trail.Show more
#4 - North Crestone Creek Trail
Sangre de Cristo Wilderness
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Length: 11.1 mi • Est. 6 h 43 m
#5 - South Crestone Lake Trail
Rio Grande National Forest
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Length: 9.3 mi • Est. 5 h 45 m
#6 - Willow Lakes and Willow Creek Lakes via Willow Lake Trail and Challenger Peak Route
Rio Grande National Forest
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Length: 11.6 mi • Est. 7 h 4 m
NOTE: As of April 2020, the road is closed approximately a mile from the trailhead. Show more
#7 - Music Pass via Rainbow Trail No. 1336
Sangre de Cristo Wilderness
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Length: 7.9 mi • Est. 4 h 12 m
#8 - Mount Herard via Medano Lake
Sangre de Cristo Wilderness
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Length: 8.8 mi • Est. 5 h 31 m
A continuation of the Medano Lake trail for more adventuresome hikers. Follows the trail to Medano Lake before following cairns and a narrow path up to the ridge and then up to the summit of Mt. Herard for awesome views of the Great Sand Dunes.Show more
#9 - North Fork Crestone Trail
Sangre de Cristo Wilderness
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Length: 10 mi • Est. 6 h 10 m