Indian Creek Trail No. 588

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Indian Creek Trail #576 Map: Click here

Length:  8.3-miles (one-way)

Elevation Stats: Altitude gain 2,592’ (9053’ to 11,645’ at junction with CDT)

Trailhead Facilities:  Campground facilities at Palisades CG

Suggested Day Hike: not recommended as day hike. Indian Creek Trail is a connection trail between Williams Creek Trail #587 and CDT #813 and best hiked as part of an overnight or multiday trip.

Short Trail Summary: This hike description is to the junction with the Continental Divide Trail No. 813.

To reach the Indian Creek Trail hikers must first reach the junction of the trail located approximately 2.6-miles up the Williams Creek Trail No. 587. Turning east, the trail has views of volcanic layers. Two miles into your hike on the trail the route switchbacks and soon levels into the Palisade Meadows. By now, you have climbed nearly 1,800-feet.

Avoiding the junction heading to the north, the trail climbs over a ridge to Pistol Park with more switchbacks and views to the Middle Fork of the Piedra. At 6.3-miles another open park and rounded mountains that lead to the CDT though it will be steeper than expected to the saddle reached at 8.3-miles.

Driving directions:  Drive North on Piedra Road (CR 600/FS 631) 22-miles to the intersection with the FS 640 (Williams Creek Road). Turn north and drive an additional 4.9-miles to the trailhead located at the end of the road and next to the Palisades Horse Campground.

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One thought on “Indian Creek Trail No. 588

  1. As of June 25th – we “hiked” this trail over the weekend. It needs cut-out. The kind of cut-out that will require unsheathing a saw at the junction and then no reason to unsheathe again to tree line. Roughly 350 trees.


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