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Quick Facts

Salt Creek Trail

Beginning Elevation: 10,560 Feet (3291.8 Meters) Lynch Creek Trailhead
Difficulty: Easy to Moderate
Elevation Gain: 2,250 Feet (701.4 Meters)
Ending Elevation: 10,920 Feet (3404.0 Meters) Intersection with Rough & Tumbling Creek Trail
Handicapped Accessible: No
High Point: 11,100 Feet (3460.1 Meters)
Length, One-way: 15.5 Miles (25.83 Kilometers)
Other Maps: Trails Illustrated 110, 129
Recommended Season: Summer to Fall
Trail Number: 618
Usage: Moderate
USGS Maps: Marmot Peak and Jones Hill




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General Description

The Salt Creek Trail skirts the eastern border of the Buffalo Peaks Wilderness. It essentially leads hikers 15 miles around the eastern perimeter of the wilderness area. The trail can be accessed from several points along its route. Two major trailheads may be used for this trail-Lynch Creek and Fourmile. Lynch Creek is the northern access and Fourmile is the southern access. Salt Creek Trail may also be accessed from Buffalo Peaks Trailhead, Pony Park Road (433) and Salt Creek Road (435). Backpacking trips using this trail in junction with the Rich Creek or Rough and Tumbling Trails would take hikers through the scenic backcountry of the newly designated Buffalo Peaks Wilderness. The terrain is rated moderate and offers opportunity for travel through big horn sheep country.

Directions from Salt Creek Road: Drive north on Highway 285 from Antero Junction approximately 3 miles. Turn left on to Forest Road 435. This is Salt Creek Road. Follow signs into Brush Park. You'll find the trail at the end of 435.

Directions from Buffalo Peaks Trailhead: To reach Buffalo Peaks Trailhead drive south on Highway 285 from Fairplay approximately 13 miles. Turn right on to Buffalo Peaks Road a.k.a. Forest Developed Road 431. (This is also the road where Buffalo Springs Campground is located.) Drive approximately 5 miles on this road to Buffalo Peaks Trailhead.

Directions from Lynch Creek Trailhead: To reach Buffalo Peaks Trailhead drive south on Highway 285 from Fairplay approximately 13 miles. Turn right on to Buffalo Peaks Road a.k.a. Forest Developed Road 431. (This is also the road where Buffalo Springs Campground is located.) Drive approximately 5 miles on this road to Buffalo Peaks Trailhead. To reach the Lynch Creek Trailhead continue driving on Forest Road 431 about 2.5 miles beyon the Buffalo Peaks Trailhead.

Seasonal Information:
Normally Open: March through October .



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Recreation Opportunities
Activity Remarks On Site
ICON Backpacking Salt Creek Trail
Yes
ICON Hiking & Walking Salt Creek Trail
Yes
ICON Horseback Riding Salt Creek Trail
Yes
ICON Animal Identification Salt Creek Trail
Yes
ICON Bird Identification Salt Creek Trail
Yes
ICON Plant Identification Salt Creek Trail
Yes
ICON Wildflower Identification Salt Creek Trail
Yes
ICON Mushroom Identification Salt Creek Trail
Yes
ICON Viewing Scenery Salt Creek Trail
Yes
ICON Viewing Wildlife Salt Creek Trail
Yes



Related Activities
Buffalo Springs Campground - The Buffalo Springs Campground consists of 17 family campsites, each includes a table, fire grate and parking spur. This site provides access to a plethora of recreation opportunities in the Buffalo Peaks Wilderness and Antero Reservoir areas.

Four Mile Trailhead - The Fourmile Trailhead provides access to the Buffalo Peaks Wilderness Area, Fourmile Creek Trail, Rough and Tumbling Trail, Rich Creek Trail and Salt Creek Trail.

Rich Creek Trail - The Rich Creek Trail travels mostly within the Buffalo Peaks Wilderness. The terrain is moderately difficult to traverse with the opportunity to summit the 13,000' Buffalo Peaks.

Rough and Tumbling Creek Trail - Rough and Tumbling Creek Trail makes a good backpacking trail in the Buffalo Peaks Wilderness. The trail is 11.3 miles long from the Rich Creek Trailhead to the Fourmile Trailhead.



More Information

Visitor Information:

Park County Tourism Office, P.O. Box 220 , Fairplay, CO, 80440, Phone: 719-836-4279

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