Little Cone a sweet, unknown hike near Telluride

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Little Cone a sweet, unknown hike near Telluride

An unknown hike with immaculate fall views
Little Cone may be glimpsed only once on the pleasant approach to the summit ridge. Climb the rock island and be completely surrounded by poly-chromatic brilliance.
The fourteeners Wilson Peak, Mount Wilson, and El Diente Peak are visible for most of the hike. Thomas Ward descends the playful summit ridge.
The summit ridge is strikingly beautiful. Mount the stone stair steps that hover atop the curvilinear ridge. Stay near the mildly exposed edge for the greatest pleasure.

Little Cone a sweet, unknown hike near Telluride

Little Cone may be glimpsed only once on the pleasant approach to the summit ridge. Climb the rock island and be completely surrounded by poly-chromatic brilliance.
The fourteeners Wilson Peak, Mount Wilson, and El Diente Peak are visible for most of the hike. Thomas Ward descends the playful summit ridge.
The summit ridge is strikingly beautiful. Mount the stone stair steps that hover atop the curvilinear ridge. Stay near the mildly exposed edge for the greatest pleasure.
Travel basics

Travel: From the Mercantile in Sawpit, drive 1.1 miles west on Colorado Highway 145 to mile marker 81.2. This is three miles east of the intersection of Colorado Highway 145 and Colorado Highway 62 coming from Ridgway. Turn left/south on Fall Creek Road, 57P. Zero-out your trip meter. Cross the San Miguel River. Pavement ends at 2.4 miles. At 3.8 miles, bear right, staying on 57P, following the sign to Woods Lake. Enter the Uncompahgre National Forest at 5.2 miles. Cross Fall Creek on a narrow bridge at 6.6 miles. At 7.5 miles, turn right at the sign for Beaver Park. Cross the creek and hang a 180. The road gets a little slower and rougher as it climbs through an aspen forest. Park at 9.4 miles where the road crosses the Hughes Ditch. The trailhead is marked with a symbol of a hiker. Two-wheel-drive vehicles with decent clearance and sturdy tires should be able to make the trailhead.


Distance and Elevation Gain: 9.2 miles; 2,700 feet of climbing


Time: 5 to 6 hours


Difficulty: Trail, off-trail; navigation moderate; mild exposure on summit ridge


Map: Little Cone, Colorado 7.5 Quad

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