Calico

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Trail Distance: 22 miles
Time Estimate: 11 hr 10 min+
Elevation Gain: 3840 feet
Leash Rule: On Leash
Difficulty: Hard
Parking: Free
Route Type: Point-to-point
Restroom: No
Description
The Calico Trail is a long trek comprised of the Upper Calico and Lower Calico hikes. These gorgeous trails are famous for attracting all sorts of explorers, from hikers to mountain bikers, to motor bikers and equestrians! Your dog will be just one of several animals on the trail, so keep a firm grip on their leash! The trail is tricky, and obeying leash laws keeps everyone safer. 


You and your pup are going to be going the distance today, so get ready. Pack in food and water, and remember to leave no trace--every wrapper and baggie has to come out with you! You're also going to want well fitted, sturdy shoes. This isn't the hike to break in new boots. Once you're properly hydrated, fed, and shod, it's time to start out! 

Starting from the Upper Calico Trailhead, you're going to start with elevation gain! The first five miles of the trail are a steady climb through spruce and fir trees. The woods are a bit cooler, and a pleasant way to start your hike. Once you get out of the forest, you're going to have to climb up and down a series of steep peaks. The first is Papoose Peak. Stop for a great selfie, and then continue down the other side. You'll have a dip and climb to reach the peak of Elliott Mountain, and then you're on to the third peak: Sockrider Peak. The trail splits here. Horseback riders and cyclists will have to take one fork, while you and your dog take the other. 

The bottom of Sockrider Peak is also the place the Upper and Lower Calico hikes meet. If you and your dog are ready to call it a day early, this is a great place to turn back. Otherwise, keep going to add 5+ miles to your hike (so ten miles out and back, for the full 22)! 

Sniff out opportunity for great views on this varied and challenging hiking trail! 

Trail Features
Mountains, Steep Inclines, Rocky, Desert
Scenic
Cautions & Considerations
This trek is a full day's walk, and there's no camping allowed on the trailhead. Be sure you can hike yourself out before nightfall!
Address
Eagle Creek Road, FDR 471
Dunton, CO 81332
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Address
Eagle Creek Road, FDR 471
Dunton, CO 81332
Hours
Mon Sunrise - Sunset
Tue Sunrise - Sunset
Wed Sunrise - Sunset
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