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Cow Creek

TRAILHEAD:

The Cow Creek Trail begins at the very end of the Cow Creek Road (off County Road 12). A 4WD vehicle is needed to cross Cow Creek and beyond to the end of the road, where parking is available near the trailhead.

ATTRACTIONS AND FEATURES:

It is 10.2 miles round trip to the Wetterhorn Basin overlook with an altitude gain of 4,000 feet. The trail switchbacks steeply 0.5 mile to the Uncompahgre Wilderness boundary. At 0.8 mile, on the ridge, is a huge rock wall along the west bank of Cow Creek below. Camps are passed 1.5 and 2.4 miles. A side trail goes right at 3.4 miles; stay left. At 3.6 miles is a fantastic basin with a huge vertical ridge ahead. The trail angles right, passing two house-sized rocks. Look for a cairn at 3.9 miles, partly concealed by fallen trees, which marks the trail as it heads right across talus. At 4.1 miles, go left downhill across gray, sandy soil and rock. Look for a spectacular fin-shaped pinnacle to the right. At 4.6 miles a large tree blocks a switchback on the right; go left around several trees to pick up the trail again. The dramatic dark summit of Wetterhorn Peak now comes into view. Stay right and follow the well-defined trail to the overlook on the ridgeline; look for cairns at the top (5.1 miles).

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OURAY, COLORADO 81427

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PO Box 50 | Ouray, CO 81427 | https://ouraytrails.org

We are a non-profit corporation of volunteers, founded in 1986, dedicated to the preservation and safe public use of Ouray County's trails, working in cooperation with the U.S. Forest Service, Ouray District. Copyright 2018 Ouray Trail Trail Group.

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