Heavy oak brush and numerous cattle tracks make the trail less distinct at lower elevations. Look for marker posts in these areas to help with your direction.
Spring Creek is an easy horse trail except for a short , very steep portion where the trail drops off the rim into the east fork of Spring Creek. There is good grazing and water for horses in most areas. Travel time by horseback is six to eight hours.
The best camp locations are on the western side of the east fork and the head of the middle fork.
Directions: From Montrose, Access #1:Take Dave Wood Road to Forest Boundary. Turn to the right on an unimproved dirt road that is immediately inside the boundary fence. Follow the road one mile and turn right on two track road and follow to Canyon Rim. The trail continues where the road narrtows.Access #2:Take Dave Wood Road and turn right on South Divide road at Johnson Park. Drive seven and a half miles to an unmarked road to right. If you pass a private entrance road with a large pole gate, return back down Divide Road .1 mile. Follow the road for one mile to a sign that locates Spring Creek Trail junction to the right.
Elevation: 8,250 feet
Ending Elevation: 9,619 feet
Elevation Gain: 1,369 feet
Distance: 12 miles
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