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Rock Creek Trail is in the northern Gore Range, part of the Rocky Mountains in the U.S. state of Colorado. It is located in the Eagles Nest Wilderness, Summit County. Rock Creek Trail is north of Interstate 70, west of Highway 9, north of Silverthorne.
Rock Creek Trail ascends west along the base of Keller Mountain, 13,085 feet, north of Rock Creek. The Rock Creek Trail intersects with the Gore Range Trail near the boundary of the Eagles Nest Wilderness. Boulder Lake lies north of the Rock Creek watershed, while Willow Lakes are several miles south at the base of Willow Mountain. The abandoned Boss Mine tailings pile on the south face of Keller Mountain provides a clearing from which to view the forest of aspen, lodgepole pine, fir, and spruce that fill the Rock Creek Valley. Greatest Hikes in Central Colorado: Summit and Eagle Counties, a hiking guide by Kim Fenske, provides a description of Rock Creek Trail.
North Rock Creek Trail #46
The Rock Creek Trail leads you into the Eagles Nest Wilderness where you can enjoy a beautiful meadow with views of the Gore Range. Approximately 1.5 miles past the Gore Range Trail intersection the Alfred M. Bailey Bird Nesting Area may be seen on the left side of the trail. Designated as a high diversity bird area by the Denver Field Ornithologists, the bird nesting area features a variety of habitats used by diverse species. In addition to being a beautiful site located in the Eagles Nest Wilderness area, Bailey is home to Wilson’s Warbler, White-crowned Sparrow, and Fox Sparrow. Continuing past this area, the trail climbs up to the historic Boss Mine.
At a Glance
|Restrictions:||Open to Hike/Horse Only. The trail enters the Eagles Nest Wilderness Area.|
|Closest Towns:||Silverthorne, CO|
|Information Center:||Dillon Ranger District; 680 Blue River Parkway, Silverthorne, CO|
Directions: From I-70 take Exit 205, Silverthorne/Dillon, and travel north on HWY 9 for approximately 7.7 miles. Turn left onto Rock Creek Road (FDR 1350) across from the Blue River Campground. Follow the gravel road for approximately 1.2 miles and turn left at the road marked “Rock Creek”. The winter trailhead parking lot is immediately on your left. For summer access, you can continue up the 4WD road for approximately 1.7 miles to the Rock Creek Trailhead and parking lot.
- Trail Measurement: 3.6 Miles
- Compass Latitude: 39°56'48.8"N
- Compass Longitude: 105°06'33.4"W
- Numeric Latitude: 39.946891
- Numeric Longitude: -105.109287
- Elevation in Meters: 2896
- Elevation in Feet: 9500
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