Length: 5.6 miles to Robbers Roost
Difficulty: Easy hiking
Season of use: Mid-June through October
Amount of Use: Light hiking and horse use, moderate during hunting season
Beginning: 9,300 ft
How to Get There: From Gunnison, go 9 miles west on Hwy. 50, take Hwy. 149 south 17 miles. Turn left at Powderhorn on County Rd.27 and go 1 mile south to the old Powderhorn Store. Turn west for .25 mile to the Powderhorn Cabins and turn left on the Ten Mile Springs Road. Continue on this road for 10 miles to the trailhead. Four-wheel drive or high clearance may be necessary toward the end of the road.
Trailhead Parking/Camping: Parking is available at the Ten Mile Springs Trailhead. Low impact camping is permitted at the trailhead and all along the trail.
Attractions: Hiking is easy on this trail which gradually rises 1,300 feet over a distance of 5 miles. The trail follows the East Fork of Powderhorn Creek and fishing can be good in the beaver ponds all along the trail.
Narrative: The trail descends from the trailhead to the East Fork of Powderhorn Creek. Beaver dams regularly flood our crossing so you may have to pick your way through the willows to find a good place to cross the stream. Once across the stream, the trail continues upstream along the East Fork. One and a half miles from the trailhead is the junction with the Middle Fork Trail which goes to the right to Powderhorn Swamp. If you continue straight on the East Fork Trail you will reach another creek crossing in about .75 mile. Beaver ponds are abundant along the entire length of the East Fork Trail and vegetation is lush and green. For the first several miles, the trail is in forested areas. The vegetation changes to open meadows at 3.25 miles and remains that way to Robbers Roost where an old cabin can be found. New beaver activity may make the trail and stream crossings indistinct in places.
Hazards/Considerations: Be sure to take a map of the area and a compass to aid you in staying on the right path. It is important to be prepared for typical July and August afternoon thunder showers. It is best to get an early start and to avoid ridges and open areas in case of lightning strikes. Be sure to take sunscreen, rain gear, and drinking water. Remember, hiking at high altitudes requires more time and energy. Take your time, enjoy the scenery, and avoid over-exertion. Be sure someone knows where you are going and when you plan to return.
Additional Information: The East Fork Trail can be used in conjunction with the Middle Fork Trail, the Powderhorn Park Trail, and the Powderhorn Lakes Trail for a beautiful 3 or 4 day trip.
Created by the Bureau of Land Management, Colorado
Point of Contact: Jim Lovelace
Last modified: January 6, 2011