Lower Weminuche Trail # 595 Map (click here)
Length: 7.1 miles
Elevation Stats: Altitude Loss 563 ft (8,219 ft to 7,656 ft) with 1,22 Ascent and 1,809 Descent
Trailhead Facilites: Large Parking room for horse trailers.
Suggested Day Hikes: 1. 4.0 miles round trip to Gate to National Forest by Weminuche Creek. 2. 9.5 miles round trip to open meadow by Weimuche Creek
Short Trail Summary: This hike is the lower portion of the Weminuche Trail # 592. It begins next to a gate for the Poma Ranch off of FS road #631. The hike begins slowly climbing to the east through oak brush and then turns south to run parrallel to the Weminuche Creek. The first 2 miles is on a side of ridge away from creek, with great views of the valley. At the 2 mile mark the trails goes down to the creek and you cross a gate into the national forest right next to the Weminuche Creek. The trail then follows the creek with a couple of slight uphills away from the creek as it merges with Sand Creek at about the 4 mile mark. At the 4.80 mile mark you reach an open meadow next to the creek. This is a great place for lunch or turnaround for a great day hike. All along the creek is good trout fishing. This also where the trail merges with the Little Sand Creek Trail to the west. The trail has slight uphills and downhills as it follows the creek.
The trail continues following the Weminuche Creek as it flows towards the Piedra River. At the 2.3 mile mark the trail connects with the Piedra River Trail.
Directions to Trailhead: From the Forest Service office on Highway 160 go east 2. 4 miles until you reach Piedra Road. Turn right on Piedra Road for 15.7 miles then merges to FS Road 631 for 6.6 miles . Turn left on dirt parking lot road about 1/2 mile past FS Road 640. Driving Directions Map(click here)