Cabin Creek Trails of Cedars
There are eight trails in this section.
Very diverse --- worth several trips. Enjoy!
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~ Sleeping Cedar Trail ~
This is one of our longest trails and offers one of the best experiences. The north trailhead is located where Cabin Cutoff Trail crosses the dry upper end of Cabin Creek. From here the trail parallels the bottom of the draw on the east side below the Main House, then crosses the creek near the junctions of Lost, Cabin Creek and Burnt Pole Trails.
The Sleeping Cedar Trail then follows the edge of the creek on the west side. It passes through an open area we call Bronto Basin, named for a very massive dead cedar in the creek that we call Brontosaurus Tree. The trail then passes among juniper, under sumac, and above the Rose Garden (an area of 20′ tall wild roses).
The trail continues on to its lower trailhead at the junction of GanderCon and West Ridge Trails, near our south fence. The trail is named for all the down and leaning old cedars in this area. Near its south end, adjacent to the creek, is Buttercup Meadow, in springtime a concentration of brilliant yellow. There is an energy all along Cabin Creek which is felt as you walk in peaceful meditation.
Cabin Creek Trail Slide Show
Velvet Rock Trail Slide Show
Cabin Cutoff Trail Slide Show
Phacelia Trail Slide Show
~ Phacelia Trail ~
This is one of the newer trails, a shortcut connecting Center Ridge Trail high up on the ridge with the Cabin Creek Trail down by the creek. It was originally a strange looking pathway cutting down the hill; Joe cleaned and cleared and developed the trail tread.
GanderCon Trail Slide Show
~ Cabin Cutoff Trail ~
This trail is a shortcut alternative to walking to the West Ridge and the west cabin along the gravel lane and dirt track. Its west trailhead is 50 yards east of the old homestead cabin (near the Burnt Pole Trailhead), and the east trailhead is near the Main House front door. This was the first trail we built, in 1991. We camped in the west cabin while on vacation here, and this trail—in all its incarnations—enabled us to explore deeper and deeper within Colwell Cedars' 40 acres.
Fur and Feathers Trail Slide Show
Jupiter Trail Slide Show
~ Jupiter Trail ~
This short, mostly level trail connects Lost with Dirty Dog. Along and above the trail to the north are large boulders which Joe named for the four main moons of Jupiter. The trail is slightly uphill from the Jupiter tree, a massive old juniper that is a landmark on the lower Center Ridge slope. Tall and many-limbed, it is impressive any way you look at it. This trail skirts the upper edge of an opening that is discussed for the Cabin Creek Trail, which parallels this trail a hundred feet down the slope.
~ GanderCon Trail ~
This trail parallels our south boundary fence, and crosses Cabin Creek. Its west trailhead is also the junction of the lower West Ridge and Sleeping Cedar Trailheads. The east Gandercon Trailhead junctions with the lower Center Ridge Trailhead. The lower Cabin Creek Trailhead connects with the Gandercon on the east side of the creek.
~ Fur and Feathers Trail ~
This loop trail passes through an area frequented by deer and lots of birds. It is mostly level, circling the northwest corner of Colwell Cedars. Its beginning and ending trailhead is located across the gravel lane west of the vegetable garden. The trail twice crosses the dirt & gravel lane that leads to the old homestead cabin on our west side, and winds among juniper, sumac, wild asparagus, sage and grasses.
The lower portion passes above the Owl Pond; the small opening above the pond might have been a corral during the homestead years.
~ Velvet Rock Trail ~
The upper trailhead for the Velvet Rock Trail is located near the north end of the dirt track to the west cabin. The trail goes south down the slope on West Ridge. It winds through juniper, sage, cactus, grasses and spring wildflowers, crosses Fur and Feathers and Cabin Cutoff Trails, and ends with a junction at Burnt Pole Trail.
All our trails have velvety moss rocks, especially after a rain, but this area has an abundance. And, during trail construction Joe found several rusted Velvet brand tobacco tins; you should see the tins near the intersection of Velvet Rock with Cabin Cutoff.
~ Cabin Creek Trail ~
The upper trailhead junctions with Sleeping Cedar Trail near the lower Lost and Burnt Pole Trailheads. This trail is on the east side of Cabin Creek. It is mostly level, with a few ups and downs, rocks and grass. It shares a few feet with the Dirty Dog Trail, but continues south along the creek, passes above the Buttercup Meadow and ends at the Gandercon Trail near its Cabin Creek crossing.
Originally a large section along the north portion of Cabin Creek Trail was thick with Canada thistle and hard to maintain. Joe’s perseverance with noxious weed eradication has paid off, and the native species are returning: wild roses, cattails, and native wheatgrass among others.
Sleeping Cedar Trail Slide Show
30048 North Road
Hotchkiss, Colorado, USA.
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