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Park Creek Trail

Beginning Elevation: 8,100 Feet (2524.9 Meters)
Difficulty: Moderate
Elevation Gain: 2,100 Feet (654.6 Meters)
Ending Elevation: 10,200 Feet (3179.6 Meters)
Length: 4.5 Miles (7.5 Kilometers)
Trail Number: 1829
Usage: Light

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General Description

This trail begins seven miles up the South Fork Trail along the South Fork of the White River. It leads up Park Creek until reaching the Nichols Creek Trail. You climb quickly out of South Fork for 1/2 mile and emerge into the open meadows along Park Creek. You continue in a large park for about 2 miles, then into a series of smaller parks broken by short stretches of aspen. The Aspen gradually changes to Engelmann spruce and alpine-fir as you gain elevation. You finally reach the Nichols Creek Trail 4.5 miles from the South Fork Trail and 11.5 miles from South Fork Campground and Trailhead.

Directions from Meeker: Park Creek Trail is located 36 miles east of Meeker. Take State Highway 13 east out of Meeker for one mile; turn right on County Road 8 for 18 miles to the South Fork Road (County Road 10) Turn right for two miles, then jog left 1/4 mile, then right for 10 miles to the South Fork Campground and trailhead. From the trailhead, follow the South Fork Trail 7 miles up South Fork Canyon to the Park Creek Trail junction.

Seasonal Information:
Normally Accessible: May through November (NOTE: Always open. Beware of severe Winter conditions.) .

Current Conditions & Trip Reports
Open Updated: 2000-05-26 17:57:00.0

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Difficulty: Moderate
Number of People Encountered: 0-10 ppl
Recommend to a Friend: Highly
Report: As you climb out of the South Fork canyon, listen carefully for the sound of a waterfall on Park Creek, about half-way up the canyon side. The waterfall cannot be seen from the trail, only heard.

Recreation Opportunities
Activity Remarks On Site
ICON Backpacking
ICON Hiking & Walking
ICON Horseback Riding

Related Activities
Nichols Creek Trail - The Nichols Creek Trail branches from the South Fork Trail, 16 miles from the South Fork Trailhead, above Budges Resort. It is most readily accessed from the Coffee Pot Road, north of Dotsero.

South Fork Campground - South Fork Campground is located 32 miles east of Meeker up the South Fork of the White River, at an elevation of 8,000 feet.

South Fork Trail (Blanco Ranger District) - The trail follows the South Fork of the White River for close to 26 miles and is almost completely within the Flat Tops Wilderness. It links to several other trails in the area.


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