MOUNT PRINCETON HOT SPRINGS RESORT
Starvation Creek Trail
Length of Hike: 6.5 miles to Marshall Pass
Difficulty Level: Difficult
This trail is an out and back trail (9.2 miles round trip) in the dark forest and deep recess of Starvation Creek Canyon. Don’t let this name dissuade you as it refers to cattle that starved as a result of a blizzard and heavy snow. It is used mostly from June to October for hiking, trail running, and biking. At times the trail becomes steep and rough dropping quickly through Starvation Creek Drainage. Camping is permitted off trail which abounds with interesting rocks. Dogs are allowed on this trail as water is abundantly available.
Directions to Starvation Creek
From Salida, drive south of Poncha Springs on Hwy 285 for 5 miles to Mears Junction (CR200). Turn right on CR 200 and continue 3.2 miles to where the road crosses CR 203. The trail begins on the left side of that crossing. (50-minute drive time from Mt. Princeton Hot Springs Resort)
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.