Colorado Trail: Little Molas Lake to Lime Creek

Distance: 7.4 - 10.1 miles (round trip)

San Juan National Forest, near Silverton in Southwest Colorado

Colorful ridge at the head of North Lime Creek.

Colorful ridge at the head of North Lime Creek.


A moderately easy hike along a segment of the Colorado Trail featuring panoramic views from the high meadows above the West Lime Creek valley.
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  • Distance: 10.1 miles (round trip) to Lime Creek
  • Elevation: 10,895-ft. at Trailhead
    11,650-ft. at Lime Creek
  • Elevation Gain: 755-ft. to Lime Creek
  • Difficulty: moderate
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    Silverton / Ouray / Southwest Colorado

Why Hike Colorado Trail: Little Molas Lake to Lime Creek

This relatively easy walk gives day hikers a scenic taste of the Colorado Trail, an epic 471-mile route stretching between Denver and Durango. The out-and-back hike follows a 5.0-mile segment of the trail, traversing pretty meadows with panoramic views high above the Lime Creek Drainage.

The hike is located just north of Molas Pass (10,910-ft.) in the area of the 1879 Lime Creek Burn that incinerated 26,000-acres of forest. The fire burned with such intensity that the forest has still not recovered.

Vast meadows, sprinkled with replanted lodgepole pines, now cover the area once blanketed with thick forest, offering far reaching vistas of the Grenadier Range to the east, the West Needle Mountains and Engineer Peak to the south and Twin Sisters to the west. West Turkshead Peak dominates the skyline to the north.

Elevation Profile

Elevation Profile: Colorado Trail from Molas Pass to Lime Creek

Best Hiking in Southwest Colorado around Ouray, Telluride and Silverton

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Trail Resources

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Basecamp(s) Information:
Silverton / Ouray

Region Information:
Southwest Colorado

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