The Ute Creek Trail begins on Tarryall Road at the Ute Creek Trailhead and ends at Bison Pass where it intersects with the Brookside McCurdy Trail. The trail enters the Lost Creek Wilderness approximately 1 mile from the trailhead, so mechanized and motorized vehicles are not permitted. The trail follows the Ute Creek drainage for about 2 miles then continues to ascend to Bison Pass. It is rated difficult because of its 2,620' elevation gain in 3 miles.
Cross the footbridge from the trailhead to reach the trail. From here to Bison Pass the hike is a continuous steep grade. Ut Creek Trail provides a short route to some of the high country vistas a little farther north on the Brookside McCurdy Trail. It also provides access for climbing Bison Peak and McCurdy Mountain. Be sure to take extra water with you on warm summer days. The trail leaves water about 1 mile before reaching Bison Pass.
Directions from Tarryall Road: Access by car to the Ute Creek Trailhead is from Park County Road 77, the Tarryall Road. The trailhead is 3 miles east of the Tarryall Reservoir. There is plenty of parking available. Cross the footbridge on to the trail.
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