Cuchara, with its lush, pine forests, is made for hiking. Plan your next weekend getaway to Cuchara and spend your days lost in nature on any one of the following trails.
#1 – Spring Creek Trail
10 miles | Moderate to Difficult
The Spring Creek Trail is a moderate to difficult trail that winds up a slope and eventually connects with two other trails, the Baker Creek Trail and Indian Creek Trail. From this one trailhead, you can access miles upon miles of beautiful trails with grand views of the Cuchara Valley and its surrounding peaks.
#2 – Teddy’s Peak Trail
4.3 miles | Difficult
Teddys Peak Trail is a 4.3 mile moderately trafficked loop trail that offers scenic views and is good for all skill levels. The trail is primarily used for hiking, walking, nature trips, and birding and is best used from March until October. Dogs are also able to use this trail but must be kept on a leash.
#3 – Indian Creek Trail
4.2 miles | Moderate
Indian Creek Trail to Baker Creek is a 4.2 mile moderately trafficked out and back trail located near Cuchara, Colorado that offers scenic views and is rated as moderate. The trail is primarily used for hiking, walking, nature trips, and birding and is best used from March until October. Dogs are also able to use this trail but must be kept on a leash.
#4 – Blue and Bear Lakes
varies | Easy
Four miles off Highway 12, south of Cuchara. Hiking around and between the lake provides a taste of the surrounding wilderness at high elevation.
#5 – Apishapa Trail
3.5 miles | Moderate
Turn off Highway 12 at the top of Cucharas Pass onto the Cordova Pass Road. It’s about 12 miles to the trailhead. This trail ties into both the Wahatoya and West Peak Trails providing multiple opportunities from one trailhead.
#6 – Dike Trail
3.5 miles | Moderate to Difficult
From the village of Cuchara, hikers can access the Dike Trail by walking up Oak Street to its terminus. Although you will not be able to see the dikes, this 3.5-mile trail climbs, then traverses the slope that separates the White Creek and Cuharas River.
#7 – West Spanish Peak Trail
7.9 miles | Difficult
Turn off highway 12 at the top of Cucharas Pass onto the Cordova Pass Road. Trailhead begins at Cordova Pass. Start early to get off the peak before afternoon weather develops.
Can you visit this trail system and Leave no Trace? If everyone that uses these trails is a conscientious and responsible humanoid, this land will be cherished in 100 years same as it is now. Care for Colorado.