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Raggeds Wilderness, CO

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Raggeds Wilderness

Raggeds Wilderness covers 65,443 acres spanning Gunnison and White River National Forests. Elevations range from 7,000 to about 13,000 feet. Prominent rocky slopes point upward to a serrated ridge which...[more]

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Trailheads/trails that access Raggeds Wilderness at Gunnison National Forest:

Oh-Be-Joyful Trailhead 

Erickson Springs, with both Munsey Ruby Stock Driveway Trail #831and Dark Canyon Trail #830 start here. Dark Canyon connects with the North Anthracite trail roughly 4.5 miles from Erickson Springs trailhead or continues up towards Horse Ranch Park. 
 
Ruby-Anthracite  - just a few miles up Kebler Pass road (County road 12) from Erickson Springs, the Ruby Anthracite Trail #836 cuts through meadows/ beaver ponds and aspen stands below Marcellina, before a steep descent into the Ruby-Anthracite Canyon. The trail crosses the creek and connects back with Dark Canyon Trail near the top of the Devil's Staircase, roughly a mile and a half from the junction with the North Anthracite Trail.
 
Horse Ranch Park - the Horse Ranch Park meadows are the start of the Dark Canyon Trail #830 upper end, and also the access for the Dyke Trail #838. The non-Wilderness Dyke trail cuts over the rock formation known as the Dyke and ends at Lake Irwin. From the Dyke Trailhead in Horse Ranch Park, there is also Dyke Creek Trail #837, which splits off to the north from the Dyke trail approximately a mile from the trailhead and enters the Wilderness; this trail connects in to the Silver Basin Trail, just before Gold Creek and allows for some great views of the Beckwiths, Ruby Range and fall foliage.
 
From Horse Ranch, you can get on the Dark Canyon Trail #830 which leads into Dyke Creek then splits into either Silver Basin Trail #834, or continues down to Erickson Springs.
 

Activities
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  • HORSEBACK RIDING HORSEBACK RIDING
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