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Quick Facts

East Elk Creek Trail

Beginning Elevation: 6,800 Feet (2119.7 Meters)
Difficulty: Difficult
Elevation Gain: 4,200 Feet (1309.2 Meters)
Ending Elevation: 11,000 Feet (3428.9 Meters)
Length: 5 Miles (8.33 Kilometers)
Trail Number: 1841

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General Description

This trail offers a unique journey through the steep and narrow canyon of East Elk Creek. The trail follows East Elk Creek, furnishing the hiker with miles of cascading waterfalls and white water. The trail has been chiefly used for horse packing, but soil erosion has left parts of the trail extremely narrow and hazardous, which limits trail use to experienced riders only. There are several historical remains of the early gold mining days scattered along the trail. East Elk Creek provides good fishing.

Directions from Rifle: Head east on I-70 for 14 miles. At the New Castle exit turn left into New Castle. Turn right at 7th St. Follow the road for approximately 2 miles and turn right at East Elk Road ( FDR 241) and follow it to the trailhead.

Seasonal Information:
Normally Accessible at lower elevation: May through October (NOTE: Be careful of the sudden winter storms at higher altitudes.) .

Current Conditions & Trip Reports
Ranger TipA moderate trail, 5 miles in length, elevation gain 4,400 feet. Unique trek through steep narrow canyon of East Elk Creek. Several historic sights. Good fishing as well.

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Recreation Opportunities
Activity Remarks On Site
ICON History
ICON Fishing with required license
ICON Hiking & Walking East Elk Creek Trail
ICON Horseback Riding
ICON Mountain Biking moderate to difficult

Related Activities
Spring Creek Trail - This trail is fairly steep but provides access up the main section of Spring Creek.

More Information

Visitor Information:

Glenwood Springs Chamber Resort Association, 1102 Grand Ave. , Glenwood Springs, CO, 81601, Phone: 888-4GLENWOOD, www.glenscape.com


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