After leaving Colorado Hwy. 145, the trail crosses Snow Spur Creek and then follows old railroad grades for the first 3.0 miles through open meadows which are marked with rock cairns, blazes, and wooden "X" signs on the trees occasionally. The trail follows the East Fork of the Dolores River through open parks and spruce-fir forests. Excellent fishing should be found in the river, and the opportunity to see deer, elk, and assorted small game is good. Views of the peaks in the Lizard Head Wilderness are excellent, especially on the upper portion of the trail.
The trail is primarily a foot and horseback route, although mountain bikes are allowed on the lower portion of the trail. Bikers are asked to use Road 578b instead of the trail on the upper 2.0 miles to avoid damage to the wet meadows in Tin Can Basin. The trail follows Road 578b for about 0.5 mile and is signed to both points where it leaves the road. Watch for trail posts and "X" signs in the large meadows of Tin Can Basin.
Directions: From Rico, Colorado, Travel 6.0 miles on Colorado Hwy 145, then take Forest Road 578. The lower trailhead is located on the south side of Hwy 145, 3.0 miles upriver from Cayton Campground. Park at the bottom of the sharp curve in the Highway. No sign is located across the creek to the southeast.
Elevation: 9,600 feet
Ending Elevation: 11,300 feet
Elevation Gain: 1,700 feet
Distance: 5.5 miles
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San Juan National Forest, Colorado
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