U.S. DEPARTMENT OF THE INTERIORBUREAU OF LAND MANAGEMENT
|Williams Creek Trail|
Narrative: From the trailhead, the path leads through USFS land for .5 mile before entering BLM land. The trail crosses Williams Creek and continues up a small tributary past several ponds. After 1.8 miles, you'll join an old jeep road. Follow this road up about 100 yards, where it splits in 3 directions. Ignore the routes going up to the right and down to the left. Instead, follow the middle road going up to the left. It winds through a variety of meadows, aspen and spruce forest for another 2.5 miles until it emerges at timberline. Rock cairns mark the trail across the tundra as it climbs along the ridge for another 3 miles to the Grassy Mountain Saddle.
Hazards/Considerations: At some points in the tundra, the trail can become hard to see so look for the rock cairns. 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 plan to be off the ridge by noon or 1:00 p.m. 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: Williams Creek Trail may be used in conjunction with the Alpine Gulch Trail for a beautiful overnight hiking trip. There is not much in the upper reaches of these trails so either carry enough with you or plan to camp in a place close to permanent water.
Created by the Bureau of Land Management, Colorado
Last modified: January 6, 2011