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Squaw Creek Trail

Average Time: 6 Hours
Beginning Elevation: 8,400 Feet (2618.5 Meters)
Difficulty: More Difficult
Elevation Gain, One-way: 1,200 Feet (374.1 Meters)
Length, One-way: 5.8 Miles (9.67 Kilometers)
Recommended Season: June-November
Trail Number: 1897
Usage: Light
USGS Maps: Fulford


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General Description

This infrequently used trail is recommended for those people who enjoy hiking on difficult to find and unmarked trails using a topo map and a compass. Squaw Creek trail starts with a steep climb through wildflowers and aspen. It becomes more gradual as you pass ranch property below and to the left of the trail. Crossing the creek a few times, you will find yourself in spruce/fir surroundings until you come to a large open meadow called Elk Park. Traveling past the meadow, across the creek, and past a small drainage up to the right is a faint trail that leads up through spruce/fir and aspen. If you lose the trail, remember where you are in relation to the old jeep road with which this trail intersects. To the west of this intersection the trail descends through a grassy area with flowers, aspen, and spruce/fir. The trail crosses a rocky drainage and then becomes difficult to find. Follow the drainage down until you come to an open meadow called Elbow Park. Cross Salt Creek at its convergence and look for a trail to the west that will take you to Granite Springs. Once again, use the map and the contour lines to find your way up and then down, traveling in a southwesterly direction to Granite Springs.

SPECIAL INTERESTS
WILDFLOWERS - Elk park is a wonderful spot for looking at a variety of wildflowers including scarlet gilia, lupine, geranium, and Indian and sulphur paintbrush.

GRANITE SPRINGS - An open grassy area surrounded by spruce/fir forests, Granite Springs come out of a rock which can be found by heading up the drainage. This water is not tested by the Forest Service, so drink it using your own discretion. The jeep road that leads up to Granite Springs may be difficult to get to so you may want to hike out via the Salt Creek trail.

Directions from Eagle: Drive 10 miles east of Eagle on I-70 to the Wolcott exit. Take a left and then a right, heading east on Highway 6, the frontage road. After 3.8 miles take a right onto Squaw Creek Road and follow that for 3.3 miles. The road then makes a hairpin turn up to the right. At that point go straight on the dirt road for 1 mile where you will see the trailhead sign on the right. Park in the meadow.

Directions from Beaver Creek: Follow Highway 6 about 4 miles west to the town of Edwards. Go through Edwards, another 3 miles to Squaw Creek Road, on the left. Follow Squaw Creek Road 3.3 miles. The road then makes a hairpin turn up to the right. At that point go straight on the dirt road for 1 mile where you will see the trailhead sign on the right. Park in the meadow.

Directions from Vail: Travel 13 miles west on I-70 to the Edwards exit. Go south toward the town of Edwards to Highway 6 and turn right. Travel about 3 miles west to Squaw Creek Road, on the left. Follow Squaw Creek Road 3.3 miles. The road then makes a hairpin turn up to the right. At that point go straight on the dirt road for 1 mile where you will see the trailhead sign on the right. Park in the meadow.

Seasonal Information:
Recommended Season: June through October .



Current Conditions & Trip Reports
Updated: 2001-06-26 14:45:00.0


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Recreation Opportunities
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ICON Backpacking
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ICON Hiking & Walking Squaw Creek Trail
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Eagle Valley Chamber of Commerce , Eagle, CO, 81631, Phone: 970-328-5220

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