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Only a few decent camping places exist along the lower portion of the trail. Good scenery and access to Wheeler Geologic Area, La Garita Wilderness and the vastness of Wason Park. Opportunities for fishing are poor. Late fall hunting for big game can be excellent.

The trail begins by paralleling the private fence along the Wason Ranch property for about 0.5 mile. The trail then makes a short winding, steep climb northward away from the Rio Grande River. The trail continues for approximately 1.0 mile over and through rolling, open grassy hills before dropping quickly into the main Farmers Creek Drainage.

After following the creek bottom for 0.5 mile, the trail will cross the creek and begin a short, steep climb out of the main Farmers Creek Drainage. The trail will continue a gradual climb up an aspen-covered drainage for about 1.5 miles. Then the trail will switchback across a mixed aspen/spruce/fir covered hillside before entering several open parks with charred snags from past forest fires. The trail will level out, pass through a small stand of spruce/fir timber, cross a tributary of West Bellows Creek, pass through several more small patches of timber and then meet the Wheeler Wason Trail (# 789) at the end of Wason Park.

Directions: From Creede, Colorado, Travel south on Colorado Highway 149 for approximately 1.5 miles. Turn left (north) off the highway and follow the signs to trailhead.

Elevation: 8,800 feet

Ending Elevation: 11,300 feet

Elevation Gain: 2,500 feet

Usage: Light to Moderate

Difficulty: Moderate

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Rio Grande National Forest, Colorado

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