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This relatively short and steep trail in the Sweetwater area leads from the Turret Creek Trail #1852, to the Johnny Meyers Trail #2067.

This very steep trail, beginning off of the Turret Creek Trail, #1852, and ending on the Johnny Meyers Trail, #2067, is seldom used by hikers, but is popular for horse travelers. The trail first crosses Sweetwater Creek and passes through aspen forests, then it becomes a steep uphill climb through open meadows. The trail eroded easily and has large protruding rocks. At about the 1 mile mark, the trail goes around a small conical hill, commonly known as Nellie's Nipple. The trail then becomes a more gradual climb to the Johnny Meyers Trail.

SCENIC VIEWS - On the way up the slope, hikers are treated to incredible panoramic views of the Sweetwater Lake, Sweetwater Canyon, Shingle and Turret Peaks and the snowcapped mountain ranges beyond. There are excellent photography opportunities.

Directions: From Beaver Creek, Travel 34 miles west on I-70 to the Dotsero exit. Follow signs for Sweetwater turning north onto the Colorado River Road. Go 7 miles, turn left onto the Sweetwater Creek Road. Stay on this road for 11.2 miles. Limited parking is available near the cabins of the Sweetwater Wilderness Ranch. Another small parking lot, accessible by 4-Wheel Drive is another 1/4 mile up at the Hilltop Ranch. There are no facilities at either parking lot. At the trailhead follow signs for Turret Creek and Nellie's for 1/2 mile, then take the Turret Creek Trail for another 1/2 mile until the trail forks again. Take the right fork across the creek.

Elevation: 8,320 feet

Ending Elevation: 9,840 feet

Usage: Moderate

Difficulty: Strenuous

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White River National Forest, Colorado

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