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Red Canyon Trailhead, CO

US Forest Service

Red Canyon Trailhead

Designated trailhead with access to trails into Mount Zirkel Wilderness. No developed facilities. Setting is managed forest area. Timberline is at approximately 10,500 feet elevation.


From Walden. Drive west on Hwy 14 approximately 1/4 mile and take County Road 12W heading west. Drive approximately 5 miles and take County Road 18 heading west for approximately 4 miles. Turn right on County Road 5 heading north. After driving approximately 1/2 mile take County Road 20 on the left heading west for approximately 4 miles. Cross an irrigation ditch and take the right hand turn at the oil tanks heading northwest on an un-marked two-track road. This road can become muddy and in places is steep and rocky. Do not drive on if you don't have a vehicle with four-wheel drive and hight clearance. Drive on this road for approximately 2 1/2 miles taking you to the Red Canyon Trailhead. If in doubt, park at the County Road junction, or at the State land parking area about one mile in.

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