From Buena Vista, Colorado, travel 7 miles south on Highway 285 to County Road 162. Turn right onto CR 162 and travel west for 7 miles, passing the Mt. Princeton Hot Springs resort (private). Turn left onto Forest Road 290 (located directly across from the Chalk Creek kiosk) and travel downhill to the trailhead.
Northern route: From this point the trail follow County Road 162 for 1.4 miles to the intersection with CR 321 just west of the Mt. Princeton Hot Springs Resort. Follow CR 321 up the hill for about 1.2 miles and then turn left on to CR 322. Follow the signs to an information kiosk that posts the next segment of the trail.
The Chalk Creek trailhead is located in the Chalk Creek canyon south of Buena Vista. This trailhead provides access to the Colorado Trail (#1776).
Distances from this trailhead:
Browns Creek trailhead – 6.5 miles
US Hwy 50 – 19.5 miles
For detailed information and maps, contact the Salida Ranger District, 719-539-359.