Fourmile Area: Pipeline Overlook

Buena Vista, Colorado (Chaffee County)

Last Updated: 04/15/2021
5 / 5 ( 2 reviews )
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Status: Open
Typically Open: 04/15 - 11/30
Length: 3.04 miles
Highest Elevation: 9702 feet
Duration: About 20 minutes
Shape of Trail: Out & Back
Best Direction to Travel: N/A
Nearest Town: Buena Vista
Nearest Town w/ Services: Buena Vista
Official Road Name: 377
Management Agency: San Isabel National Forest
District: Salida District


Highlight: Fourmile Area: Pipeline Overlook
The Pipeline Overlook Trail is a short trail that accesses an elevated shelf road once used to build the pipeline connecting the Otero Pump Station below. This Trail offers uninhibited panoramic views of the Arkansas River Valley and the Collegiate Peaks to the west. The Otero Pump Station and pipeline were built as part of the original Homestake Project and was completed in 1967. The pump station lifts water from the Arkansas River against 575 feet of vertical head to deliver it to the South Platte River Basin over Trout Creek Pass.


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1. Start (0 mi)
Trail begins at Waypoint 7 of the Fourmile Creek Trail where FS 377 begins.

Directions to Trailhead

To get to the Pipeline Overlook Trail, you must first drive to Waypoint 7 of the Fourmile Creek Trail. Take a left at Waypoint 7 onto FS 377, this intersection marks the trailhead for the Pipeline Overlook Trail.



Land Use Issues

This area is part of Pike-San Isabel National Forest, and as such is part of the 2011 Lawsuit where a coalition of conservation and recreation groups are suing the U.S. Forest Service over what they say is the illegal addition of 500 miles of motorized roads and trails. A settlement was reached in late 2015 that is requiring the U.S. Forest Service to re-evaluate the roads and create a new travel management plan. Over the next year, 30 roads will be partially or completely closed while this evaluation takes place over the next 5 years. It is imperative that the OHV community let's their voices be heard on this issue. If we do nothing, those 500 miles will be shutdown. Contact the local ranger districts and let them know why the area is important to you and the history you have there. Salida Forest Service District Office Leadville Forest Service District Office

Trail Reviews (5)

Author: Official Crew
Status: Seasonal Closure
Offroaded on:
The seasonal Closure for this trail will not be lifted until May 1st this year! Plan accordingly.
Author: Official Crew
Status: Open
Offroaded on:
Trail is fully open and dry, amazing views.
Author: Official Crew
Status: Seasonal Closure
Offroaded on:
Trail is under a seasonal closure until April 15th.
Author: Official Crew
Status: Open
Offroaded on:
The closure order has been lifted and the trail is open.
Author: Official Crew
Status: Temporary Closure
Offroaded on:
This trail is currently closed due to the Weston Pass Fire.

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Writer Information

Marcus Trusty

Mapping Crew - Colorado

Marcus is a 3rd generation Buena Vista, Colorado native who grew up bouncing around the central Colorado mountains in the back of his dad's CJ5. During his younger years, Marcus grew to appreciate public lands and the recreation opportunities backroads and 4-wheel drive trails offer. Marcus has been wheeling for 20 years now and has wheeled in Colorado, Arizona, New Mexico, Nevada, and California. Until a few years ago Marcus had just been a participant in the wheeling community, but he has become much more active in preserving trails and working to make sure the wheeling community has their access maintained for future generations. Marcus helped to found Colorado Off Road Enterprise - CORE, based out of Buena Vista. CORE has worked with the Forest Service and BLM and has volunteer agreements in place with both organizations. CORE also has a Forest Service trail adoption agreement in place for Grizzly Lake, Pomeroy Lake, Hancock Lake, Hancock Pass, and Tincup Pass, Tomichi Pass, Williams Pass, Ptarmigan Lake, Mineral Basin, Clohesy Lake, Lost Canyon, Champion Mill, Iron Mike Mine, and Slide Lake. If Marcus is not working you can generally find him somewhere out on the trails around Buena Vista.
For individual use only, not to be shared.