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This is a very difficult day hike to a mountain pass offering wonderful views of surrounding peaks. The trail ascends through through groves of aspen, pine forests and open meadows. Due to the steep terrain, this trail is recommended for experienced hikers and backpackers. Camping is prohibited within 100 feet of the trail and streams.

The trail starts a quarter mile up Yule Creek trail and ends at Anthracite Pass. This is a short, very steep trail. Most people agree that the climb is worth the beautiful views from atop the Raggeds Wilderness. There is hiking and heavy horse use on this trail in the fall during hunting season. Great area to view wildflowers. You can also get to the pass from the Raspberry Creek trail.

Directions: From Carbondale`, Travel south on Colorado Highway 133 for 25 miles past Carbondale. Turn left on to County Road 3 and continue 7 miles to the town of Marble. Turn right at the fire station and park at the old Marble Mill Historical Site. Cross the bridge and travel up the Marble quarry road 2 3/4 miles. The Yule Creek Trail #2083 trailhead is on your right, about 1/4 mile before the quarry. Shortly after beginning to hike up the Yule Creek Trail take a right turn onto the Anthracite Pass Trail.

Elevation: 9,120 feet

Ending Elevation: 10,120 feet

Elevation Gain: 1,000 feet

Distance: 1.0 miles

Usage: Light

Difficulty: Strenuous

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White River National Forest, Colorado

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