8.3 km away
A beautiful jaunt through the sagebrush above the pristine waters of the Blue Mesa that's perfect for the entire family!
- 6.2 km
- 151 m
- 152 m
This moderate hike with beautiful views is one of the most popular in the Curecanti National Recreation Area.
The trail starts with a steep descent of about 200 steps, which will test your knees and lungs on the way back up. But don't let that deter you from enjoying the beauty of Pine Creek as it tumbles over rocks and ledges on its way to join the Gunnison River. Along the trail, you will see interpretive signs that tell you about the geology, history, and wildlife of the area. You might even spot some bighorn sheep on the cliffs above.
Once you reach the reservoir, you can walk along the flat railroad bed and admire the towering walls of the canyon. You can also fish, picnic, or camp at designated sites along the shore. If you are feeling adventurous, you can bring a small hand-carried boat and paddle on the reservoir, or book a ranger-led boat tour that departs from the Pine Creek dock. The tour will take you deeper into the canyon and show you some hidden wonders.
The Pine Creek Trail is a moderately strenuous hike that is best done in spring or fall, when the temperatures are cooler.
Source: Curecanti National Recreation Area. https://www.nps.gov/cure/index.htm. Hiking - Curecanti National Recreation Area (U.S. National Park Service). https://www.nps.gov/cure/planyourvisit/hiking.htm. gjhikes.com: Pine Creek. https://www.gjhikes.com/2013/07/pine-creek.html.
Hiking along trails with some uneven terrain and small hills. Small rocks and roots may be present.