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Quick Facts

Spring Creek Trail

Beginning Elevation: 8,200 Feet (2556.1 Meters)
Difficulty: Moderate
Elevation Gain: 2,680 Feet (835.4 Meters)
Ending Elevation: 10,880 Feet (3391.5 Meters)
Length: 5 Miles (8.33 Kilometers)
Trail Number: 2068

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General Description

There is excellent fishing, picturesque canyon walls, and cascading water falls. This area is regarded as one of the best elk calving habitats in Colorado. Travel can be made by horse but lower sections of the trail are very hazardous and extreme cation should be used. The trail travels up the ridge and then through meadows.

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. Follow the East Elk Creek Trail 3.2 miles. At Spring Creek bear to the right beyond the stream.

Seasonal Information:
Normally Accessible: May through October (NOTE: Be careful of the harsh Winter weather at higher altitudes.) .

Current Conditions & Trip Reports
No Current Conditions entered Updated: 1999-06-02 17:08:00.0

Ranger TipModerate trail, 5.8 miles in length with a 2,000 foot elevation gain.Fairly steep, but access to Spring Creek and excellent fishing. Canyons and waterfalls, one of the best elk calving habitats in Colorado

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Recreation Opportunities
Activity Remarks On Site
ICON Fishing with required license
ICON Hiking & Walking
ICON Horseback Riding

Related Activities
East Elk Creek Trail - This trail offers a unique journey through the steep and narrow canyon of East Elk 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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