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

Quick Facts

Fulford Cave Trail

Average Time: 40 Minutes
Beginning Elevation: 9,440 Feet (2942.6 Meters)
Difficulty: Moderate
Elevation Gain, One-way: 440 Feet (137.2 Meters)
Ending Elevation: 9,880 Feet (3079.8 Meters)
Length, One-way: 0.7 Miles (1.17 Kilometers)
Trail Number: 1875




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General Description

This short trail through an aspen, spruce/fir forest leads up to the main entrance of Fulford Cave, the destination of many users. The trail has a number of switchbacks to accommodate the rise in elevation. It is important for users not to short-cut these switchbacks to maintain the fragile slope vegetation. There are good opportunities to view wildlife such as mule deer in the morning and evening hours. At the top portion of the trail, there are scenic views of Yeoman Park.

SPECIAL INTEREST
FULFORD CAVE
Discovered in 1892 by miners prospecting from Fulford, Fulford cave has been a popular cave for exploring for many years. It is important for visitors to be aware of the special dangers associated with cave exploring. Cave visitors are responsible for their own safety and should also take precautions to learn safety procedures and utilize safety equipment. The main entrance to Fulford cave is a small downward-sloping culvert. The cave itself has many small passage ways and some larger rooms. Recommended equipment includes durable, warm clothing, gloves, hard hat, flashlights and head lamps, sturdy boots and drinking water.

Directions from Eagle: Follow the Brush Creek Road 10.1 miles south of Eagle; turn left on the East Brush Creek Road, FDR 415 and drive 6 miles southeast on FDR 415. There is parking, an information bulletin board and vault toilets at the trailhead.

Directions from Beaver Creek: Travel west on I-70 to Eagle (exit #147). Turn left and drive into Eagle. Turn left on Capitol Street and follow to Brush Creek Road. Turn left and follow Brush Creek Road 10 miles south of Eagle; turn left on the East Brush Creek, FDR 415 and drive 7 miles southeast. There is a parking area at the base of the Fulford Cave Trail, #1875. From the parking area, a 0.7 mile hike gaining 440 feet in elevation leads to the cave opening. Please sign the register, next to the bulletin board, before and after hiking the trail.

Directions from Vail: Travel west on I-70 to Eagle (exit #147). Turn left and drive into Eagle. Turn left on Capitol Street and follow to Brush Creek Road. Turn left and follow Brush Creek Road 10 miles south of Eagle; turn left on the East Brush Creek, FDR 415 and drive 7 miles southeast. There is a parking area at the base of the Fulford Cave Trail, #1875. From the parking area, a 0.7 mile hike gaining 440 feet in elevation leads to the cave opening. Please sign the register, next to the bulletin board, before and after hiking the trail.

Seasonal Information:
Normally Accessible: June through October .



Current Conditions & Trip Reports
wet in spots Updated: 2002-05-16 08:37:00.0


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Filed By: Kim Fenske (Copper Mountain, CO)
Time of Day: 9 Miles
Length of Time: 5 Hours
Difficulty: Moderate
Number of People Encountered: 0-10 ppl
Recommend to a Friend: Highly
Report: Trailhead at Fulford Cave Trail that goes south is the Lake Charles Trail to Mystic Island Lake. The trail is lined with wildflowers, waterfalls, and alpine lakes. Holy Cross Wilderness Area hiking guide information is available at this web-site: http://coppersnowboarder.tripod.com
Conditions: The Lake Charles Trail ascends primarily along the eastern side of the valley, south of Fulford Campground.
Water Availability: Water filter for about three quarts of water from East Brush Creek.
Recommended Clothing: Prepare for warm days and cold nights.
Suggested Accessories: Carry two headlights, extra batteries, emergency firestarters.

Time of Day: 2 pm
Length of Time: 45 minutes
Difficulty: Moderate
Number of People Encountered: 0-10 ppl
Recommend to a Friend: Highly
Report: go right at fulford yeoman fork of gravel road or you will end up at a very remote mining camp.watch out for large cattle drives at this time of year.
Conditions: only snow was at fulford mining camp.the road up there is red clay, very rutted and slow driving. lots of mosquitos. trail started very easy, lots of switchbacks, beautifl aspen and fir forest,shady. got steeper a little over half way up, but not too difficult. it started to rain, so we didn't get all the way to the cave, but still had a nice hike, peaceful and quiet.
Water Availability: not applicable
Recommended Clothing: summer wear, needed light jacket when we were up at the top of the mountain. there was still snow there.
Suggested Accessories: not applicable



Recreation Opportunities
Activity Remarks On Site
ICON Caving Fulford Cave
Yes
ICON Hiking & Walking The Fulford Cave Trail is a short cave leading to Fulford Cave.
Yes



Related Activities
Brush Creek General Forest Area - This area south of Eagle includes both the East and West Brush Creek drainages.

Fulford Cave - Fulford Cave, south of Eagle, was designated the 8th largest cave in Colorado and offers a great variety of features to explore.

Fulford Cave Campground - This small campground is located south of Eagle up East Brush Creek at an elevation of 9,400 feet.

Ironedge Trail - The Ironedge Trail begins at the Fulford Cave Campground. It crosses East Brush Creek, leads up to the ridge separating the Lime and East Brush Creek drainages, then down to Lake Charles.

Yeoman Park Campground - This scenic campground with 23 sites sits along East Brush Creek south of Eagle, at an elevation of 9,000 feet.



More Information

Visitor Information:

Vail Valley Partnership, 100 East Meadow Drive , Vail, CO, 81657, Phone: 800-525-3875, Fax: 970-476-6008, www.visitvailvalley.com

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