Fourmile Trail No. 569

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Length: 13.0-miles (one-way)

Trailhead Facilities: Vault toilet and horse trailer parking lot

Short Trail Summary: This hike description is to junction with the Turkey Creek Trail No. 580.

This trail is a popular destination hike and follows an old stock driveway. The trailhead is shared with the Anderson Trail No. 579. A loop can be made with the Anderson Trail.

From the trailhead take the east trail that gradually descends and reaches the wilderness boundary. Passing through meadows the trail soon opens to views of Eagle Mountain to the east before closing into a dense forest cover. At 3.2-miles, the trail passes a waterfall dropping nearly 300-feet. Soon, the big, thundering waterfall of Fourmile Creek is heard and seen and the trail continues into a narrow gorge at 3.6-miles. Evidence of overuse from stock is apparent in the erosion. Cross the creek three additional times before reaching the intersection of Anderson Trail No. 579 at 4.9-miles.

Turning east at the junction, the trail climbs a steep gulch around Cherry Cairn before crossing a 11,920-foot pass into the Turkey Creek drainage. Reaching switchbacks expect to descent 800-feet to Turkey Creek Lake reached at 6.5-miles before a short ascent up a steep hillside to Turkey Creek Trail No. 580.

Directions: From US 160, turn north onto Lewis Street and take an immediate left onto 5th Street. Stay right on Fourmile Road (CR 400 which will turn to FS 645). Drive north 8.4-miles before turning right at the junction. Continue 4.6-miles to a shared Trailhead with the Anderson Trail.

2 thoughts on “Fourmile Trail No. 569

  1. The Pagosa Wilderness Trail Crew cut 25 trees and cleared 1.5 miles of trail. There are approximately 55 trees down from mile mark 1.5 to the falls.


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