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Old 08-10-2017, 01:15 PM   #1
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Default Creede/Lake City bound....

Looks like we will be headed up there Sept 25-29 for a little getaway. Use to go up there all the time but it has been several years since the last trip there. Anything to do/must see that I might have missed between Pagosa Springs and Lake City? Made that trip a lot, but I know things change.... Plan on doing some hiking, lots of fishing and some camping. I did notice that a lot of the campgrounds show that they will be closed then. I use to love Big Meadows but shows that it is closed after Sept 18?? Can I just camp in the Natl Forest where ever?
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Old 08-10-2017, 01:40 PM   #2
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There shouldn't be any hunters as most all seasons are closed that week. You can camp in the forest. I know of a couple places between pagosa and Southfork. Not so much up towards Creede or Lake city. Creede has Bachelor loop and the city of Gnomes. Also the headwaters of the Rio Grande. There is fishing all over the place. There is a good brewery in Del Norte east of Southfork. I spend most of my time in Southfork. Fly fishing that time of year is nymphs. I try all the rest but 80% of my fish are on nymphs. Stop at Rainbow grocery in Southfork. Pretty good fishing section with better prices on flies than anywhere around.
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Old 08-10-2017, 01:46 PM   #3
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since you haven't been in awhile......prepare yourself for thousands of forest acres of beetle kill
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Old 08-10-2017, 01:50 PM   #4
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Yeah, we've still been going to CO every year just in different areas up near Breck/Dillon/Silverthorne and all. Figured the beetle kill was bad down there too. Got down through Gunnison last year but that's as far south as I've been in a while....
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Old 08-10-2017, 02:19 PM   #5
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Freemon's between Creede and Lake City has awesome burgers and a good small fly shop...not nearly what Rainbow Grocery has though. If you play golf, that course that goes up onto the mountain in Soutfork is AWESOME!

We had a great time partyin at the Tommyknocker in Creede.
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Old 08-10-2017, 03:16 PM   #6
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We used to go up to Oleo Ranch (between Creede and Lake City) back in the day rent cabin for base camp,and take horse horses around to the back side of Baldy Cinco to elk hunt and stayed in tents. It was a nice but simple place then Ronnie an old cowboy ran it, not sure if he's still around or if the place is the same now. Had several creeks and some nice ponds full of trout. Not sure what else is around we normally just hunted did go to Lake City once it was a cool little town.
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Old 08-10-2017, 03:21 PM   #7
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Can't wait to get up there again! That drive up the Rio from Creede towards LC is one of my favorites anywhere....
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Old 08-10-2017, 10:06 PM   #8
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Just got back from LC and counting the days until I'm back up there.
OP have a great time, I'm jealous.
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Old 08-10-2017, 10:13 PM   #9
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Ill be hunting in Southfork September 9th. Absolutely love the area. Archery seasons ends the 24th so there shouldn't be many people in the mountains. You can camp wherever you'd like in most of the NF. If you need some good spots to camp near south fork let me know.
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Old 08-10-2017, 10:42 PM   #10
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most of the NF campgrounds are closed about that time. there are a couple private type camp places near LC you might like ( ie; Castle Lakes). the moose population has really grown in that area in the last 5 yrs. check around deer lakes, Oleo ranch, along the Cebolla and the backside of San Cristobal for them.
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Old 08-11-2017, 07:13 AM   #12
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most of the NF campgrounds are closed about that time. there are a couple private type camp places near LC you might like ( ie; Castle Lakes). the moose population has really grown in that area in the last 5 yrs. check around deer lakes, Oleo ranch, along the Cebolla and the backside of San Cristobal for them.
We saw a couple around Deer Lakes when we were there earlier in the summer.
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Old 08-11-2017, 09:44 AM   #13
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Man I can't wait to get back up there! May camp a few nights but will probably just find some of the local cabins rentals along the way too. Looking forward to maybe seeing some moose....
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Old 08-11-2017, 09:49 AM   #14
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Take the pass up to Handies Peak. It's one of the easiest 14ers and the views are unparalleled. Especially in September. You can thank me later.
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Old 08-11-2017, 09:52 AM   #15
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Take the pass up to Handies Peak. It's one of the easiest 14ers and the views are unparalleled. Especially in September. You can thank me later.
Can you drive it? Or are you talking hike it? Where is the access point to it at?
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Old 08-11-2017, 10:11 AM   #16
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Drive to the trailhead on Cinnamon pass. The pass road begins right above San C lake just outside of Lake City. You'll want to hike the American Basin trail NOT Grizzly Gulch that time of year unless you're a seasoned climber. Get all the trail info at 14ers.com. Very helpful.
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Old 08-11-2017, 10:13 AM   #17
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Default Creede/Lake City bound....



Our crew last month at the trailhead.
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Old 08-11-2017, 10:30 AM   #18
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Holy cow! Yep, gonna be looking into this one for sure!
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Old 08-11-2017, 01:58 PM   #19
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We went last month, had a blast. Stayed in creede and never stopped, would leave at 7 am get back about 9 for 7 days, want my summer retirement place to be there.









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Old 08-11-2017, 02:04 PM   #20
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Yes. Hunt elk. It will still be archery season there.
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Old 08-11-2017, 02:15 PM   #21
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Yes. Hunt elk. It will still be archery season there.


Ends the day before he gets there.
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Old 08-11-2017, 02:37 PM   #22
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Ends the day before he gets there.
You are correct. The last Sunday in September is early this year. The earliest it can possibly be actually.
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Old 08-13-2017, 07:24 PM   #23
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Holy cow! Yep, gonna be looking into this one for sure!
Enjoy. I guess it goes without saying, but, watch the weather closely that time of year when you're that high. Nice fish Mossback. Your creede pic is right by my buddy's fly shop. Did you visit them?
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Old 08-13-2017, 07:45 PM   #24
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^^^^ That is a great fly and coffee shop, we stop in there often for both.
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Old 08-13-2017, 08:16 PM   #25
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If you go fishing. Road canyon produced some big fish this year. Continental produced a lot of fish. Clear creek falls was flowing real good in July. Plenty of hiking trails. Go up pool table to hansons mill. Hike into wheeler geographical area. Pretty cool back there. You can rent utvs plenty of awesome trails to ride. I will be back up there in November to hunt elk. Enjoy.
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Old 08-14-2017, 10:32 PM   #26
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Well plans have changed. Wife is not goona be able to make it. Instead of hiking, it's gonna be daylight to dark fly fishing. Plan on being on the water the better part of 5 days between Pagosa and Lake City....
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Well plans have changed. Wife is not goona be able to make it. Instead of hiking, it's gonna be daylight to dark fly fishing. Plan on being on the water the better part of 5 days between Pagosa and Lake City....


Let us know some decent spots so I can go catch dinner next month
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Old 08-15-2017, 07:19 PM   #28
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Not going up till Aug 23
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Old 08-18-2017, 01:42 PM   #29
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If you go fishing. Road canyon produced some big fish this year. Continental produced a lot of fish. Clear creek falls was flowing real good in July. Plenty of hiking trails. Go up pool table to hansons mill. Hike into wheeler geographical area. Pretty cool back there. You can rent utvs plenty of awesome trails to ride. I will be back up there in November to hunt elk. Enjoy.
Where is Road Canyon? Been looking at the Rio obviously as well as Piedra. Never fished the Piedra and it looks like some nice water.....
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Old 08-18-2017, 01:58 PM   #30
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go past Creede on Hwy 149. turn left toward the Rio Grande Resrv. you will pass road Canyon.
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Old 08-18-2017, 02:16 PM   #31
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go past Creede on Hwy 149. turn left toward the Rio Grande Resrv. you will pass road Canyon.
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Old 08-18-2017, 02:34 PM   #32
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You can camp on the stream just outside of the north Clear Creek campground. It's not part of the campground itself. Fish the stream there and all through the camp. Lots of great fishing although pretty brushy in places. There are also lots of small streams to fish between Pagosa and South Fork. Our favorite dry fly this year was the PMX. Be sure to get the ones with rubber legs. Rainbow grocery in South Fork has them. Size 12-16. Awesome.

We just returned a couple weeks ago from a week in Pagosa and surrounding area. It was some of the best fly fishing I've ever experienced this time. I'd pack up and go back tomorrow if I could pull it off. What a trip.
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Old 08-18-2017, 02:45 PM   #33
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^ Nice work...
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Old 08-18-2017, 04:32 PM   #34
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If you go fishing. Road canyon produced some big fish this year. Continental produced a lot of fish. Clear creek falls was flowing real good in July. Plenty of hiking trails. Go up pool table to hansons mill. Hike into wheeler geographical area. Pretty cool back there. You can rent utvs plenty of awesome trails to ride. I will be back up there in November to hunt elk. Enjoy.
Good Luck on your elk! I will be there the last 10 days of October chasing elk as well. I loved going up the willow creeks east and west going after brookies. I caught my first and only rainbow trout in the Rio Grande just past the Mineral County airport and really that is the only fish I have caught on a fly rod fly fishing. Haven't made it back up there since. Ready to be back.
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Old 08-18-2017, 07:16 PM   #35
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.................... I caught my first and only rainbow trout in the Rio Grande just past the Mineral County airport and really that is the only fish I have caught on a fly rod fly fishing. Haven't made it back up there since. Ready to be back.
well.......that condition needs corrected soon!
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Old 09-13-2017, 03:32 PM   #36
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10 days out from leaving. Anyone else with any updates or info?
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Old 09-13-2017, 04:33 PM   #37
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Not much too add to what's already been shared but I love that area and I hope you have a blast!
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