Forking off East Willow Creek Road, Phoenix Park Waterfall is a rough and rugged out-and-back trail ending in a large open meadow at the base of the La Garita Mountains, 0.75 miles from one of the most breathtaking waterfalls in the Creede area. The trail starts with a rocky, loose climb and then meanders through thick groves of aspen trees as it follows along East Willow Creek. As the trail gradually ascends the valley, it remains rough and rocky through 70% of the trail, with limited sections of hard-packed dirt. The trail is one vehicle wide the entire way but does offer many pullout opportunities to pass oncoming traffic. After several creek crossings, the trail ends at an old hunting cabin where you must leave your machines behind and take off on foot to see the waterfall. Although you can see the falls from the cabin, the hike to the base of the falls is relatively easy and well worth the march. Drivers should anticipate 1 hour of travel in each direction.
Dispersed camping is allowed along the entire trail. However, the only suitable site observed would be at the end of the trail near the cabin. Although an experienced driver in an aggressive high clearance vehicle could make the drive, this trail is best suited for vehicles with larger tires and a small lift to avoid numerous belly-scraping rocks. The trail is very remote, with no cell service, and not as often traveled as other nearby roads. If an emergency should arrive, it would be a long, grueling hike for help.
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