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Dark Canyon Trail #830

Intermediate/Difficult
 4.4 (11)

Great point to point trip through the West Elk Wilderness


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Map Key

14.6

Miles

23.6

KM

Point to Point

9,366' 2,855 m

High

6,795' 2,071 m

Low

1,581' 482 m

Up

3,661' 1,116 m

Down

7%

Avg Grade (4°)

35%

Max Grade (19°)

Dogs Leashed

Features Fall Colors · River/Creek · Views · Wildlife

Wilderness, closed to mountain bikes. Popular hunting area so be sure to wear bright colors in the Fall.

Description

This trail starts at the Horse Ranch Park trailhead on the north side of Kebler Pass. From here start along the Dark Canyon Trail #830. After about 8 miles, there will be a junction to the Ruby Anthracite Trail. Stay right on the Dark Canyon Trail and head down the Devils Staircase, which is a long series of switchbacks down to Middle Anthracite Creek. At about 10 miles total there will be another split to the right which would take you to Marble via the West Anthracite Trail stay LEFT here and continue through the spectacular Dark Canyon.

This trail is well signed, but a GPS or the Hiking Project mobile app would be good to have in case you end up off trail in some overgrown segments.

This trail is best taken as a point to point with a car at the Erickson Springs trailhead. While Kebler Pass does get a fair amount of traffic, hitchhiking can be difficult.

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Scott Krankkala

Trail Ratings

  4.4 from 11 votes

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  4.4 from 11 votes
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#469

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Marcellina
Sep 14, 2015 near Crested…, CO
Don't miss this panoramic viewpoint right off the trail. It is an epic place to view the changing aspens in the fall.
Oct 5, 2015 near Crested…, CO
Fall colors.
Oct 3, 2017 near Crested…, CO
Ragged peaks.
Oct 3, 2017 near Crested…, CO
Bridge near the Erickson Spring trailhead.
Jun 29, 2021 near Crested…, CO
This is pretty typical of the trail.
Oct 3, 2017 near Crested…, CO

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Aug 15, 2020
E Harrell
Slightly overgrow trail but still good. Went out 6.5 (around the Ruby Anthracite Trail crossing) and back. Most beautiful views are the first 3-4 mi. 13mi
Jun 29, 2020
Kayla Ludy
Sep 3, 2019
Claire Milligan
Sep 30, 2018
Daylene York
Made a 16.5 mile loop out of Dark Canyon and Silver Basin trails. Spectacular fall colors the whole way! 16.5mi
Sep 25, 2018
Mark S
Sep 24, 2018
Mark S
Aug 7, 2018
Craig S
Jul 19, 2018
Hannah Carey