Colorado Trail Segment 14 – Chalk Creek

TRAIL DATA
Trail Name/No.: Colorado Trail Segment 14 – Chalk Creek
Starting Temp: 51
Ending Temp: 53
Weather Conditions: Sunny with clouds near the end
Mileage: approx. 3.8 miles out and back
Elevation Gain:1296ft
Peak: 9467ft
Visit Time: April 2017
Nearest City Marker: Buena Vista, CO

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Along the trail.
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View of the Chalk Cliffs.
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Looking down into the Collegiate Valley.
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Typical trail condition.
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The snow that ended our adventure for the day.

TRAIL DESCRIPTION
This is one of the many segment of the Colorado trail that traverses through most of the mountain ranges within the state. Segment 14 starts off at Chalk Creek in Chaffee County in a valley in the shadow of Mt Antero and Mt Princeton. The beautiful creek at the beginnig is a great place to fuel up on water and a for a stop when you have made your way back down. The trail is a gradual to steep climb, making its way through dense forest and meadows. At the time we went, the trail was very secluded and offered fantastic views of the Collegiate Range. We were stopped a little sooner than predicted thanks to some heavy snow fall that covered a good part of the trail. A bonus for this trek is the offerings of Mt Princeton Hot Springs for your sore muscle just ten minutes down the road.

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