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Hiking & Walking: Colorado > White River National Forest > Blanco Ranger District

Quick Facts

Hill Creek Trail

Beginning Elevation: 7,800 Feet (2431.4 Meters)
Difficulty: Most Difficult
Elevation Gain: 2,857 Feet (890.6 Meters)
Ending Elevation: 10,657 Feet (3322.0 Meters)
Length: 4.2 Miles (7.0 Kilometers)
Trail Number: 2255
Usage: Light

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General Description

The trail starts from the east side of the campground following Hill Creek for 1/2 mile and then fords the creek to the north side. The trial traverses an oak brush covered side hill for another 1/4 mile, and then follows a bench above Hill Creek through aspen groves and grassy parks. The trail has several steep, rocky stretches that are difficult for horse or hiker. Three and one-half miles from the campground, the trail enters the Flat Tops Wilderness deviating from the main Hill Creek drainage and following a minor drainage onto the plateau. Engelmann spruce and alpine-fir become the dominant tree species along the trail as you travel through a long narrow park the remaining 1/2 mile to the Oyster Lake Trail.

Directions from Meeker: Hill Creek Trail is located 29 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 9 miles to the then turn left , one mile to the Hill Creek trailhead.

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

Current Conditions & Trip Reports
Open Updated: 2000-07-05 18:00:00.0

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Recreation Opportunities
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Related Activities
Hill Creek Dispersed Camping Area - Hill Creek dispersed camping area is located 31 miles east of Meeker in the South Fork White River drainage, at an elevation of 8,000 feet. It is an undeveloped campground with a toilet. The access road is steep and rough.

South Fork General Forest Area - The South Fork General Forest area offers accessibility to a wide variety of trails, lakes, campgrounds, fishing, hunting and other outdoor activities within the Blanco Ranger District of the White River National Forest.


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