MOUNT PRINCETON HOT SPRINGS RESORT
North Cottonwood Creek Trail
Length of Hike: 6 miles RT
Difficulty Level: Moderate
The trail head starts at an elevation of 9,545 ft and continues to an elevation of 10,824 ft and offers exceptional scenery while passing through a variety of life zones. It is 3 miles to Chalk Creek Trailhead. For the adventurous, take the right fork and hike toward Horn Fork Basin which will eventually lead you underneath Mt. Harvard (14,420 ft) and Mt. Columbia (14,077 ft). Take advantage of this trail in the peak of summer for wildflower season with July being the best month for the breathtaking flowers.
Directions to North Cottonwood Creek Trail
This trail is 8 miles outside of Buena Vista off CR 306. (35-minute drive time from Mt. Princeton Hot Springs Resort). From the resort, CR 321 will take you up the hill and intersect with CR 306 just after Mt. Olivet Cemetery. Turn left on CR 306 and drive about 1.7 miles to CR 361. Turn right on CR 361 – follow the road as it turns for 2.5 miles until you come to CR 365. Left on CR 365 – find the trailhead on your left in 5.3 miles.
10 Hiking Essentials
- Water (1.5 Liters per person per 5-6 hours)
- Snacks (Beef Jerky, nuts, power bar)
- Navigation (map and compass and/or GPS)
- Extra clothing (hat, socks, gloves)
- First aid supplies
- Light (headlamp or flashlight)
- Fire starter and matches/lighter
- CD Rom or mirror, whistle, mosquito repellant
- Emergency shelter (Biffy Bag)
12 popular trailheads in the Nathrop area with hikes for all abilities and age levels. Surrounding areas have additional options for exploring our beautiful valley.
Activities & Things To Do
BUENA VISTA & SALIDA
This activity is an extreme test of a person’s physical and mental limits and carries with it the potential for death, serious injury and property loss. The risks include, but are not limited to: actions of other people including, but not limited to, participants; lack of hydration, weather, and/or other natural conditions. Princeton Holdings, LLC DBA Mt. Princeton Hot Springs Resort is not liable for any injury, property loss, damage, death, etc occurring do to any activity outlined by any information sheet. Guest is participating in any activity on their own merit with no liability to the Mt. Princeton Hot Springs Resort or its agents.