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Quick Facts

Acorn Creek Trail

Average Time: 4 Hours
Beginning Elevation: 8,300 Feet (2587.3 Meters) approximate
Difficulty: Most Difficult
Elevation Gain: 3,700 Feet (1153.4 Meters) approximate
Ending Elevation: 12,000 Feet (3740.6 Meters) Ridge top near Ute Peak, approximate elevation.
Length, One-way: 3.4 Miles (5.5 Kilometers)
Trail Number: 71
Usage: Light
USGS Maps: Squaw Creek and Ute Peak




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General Description

This trail is heavily used in the fall during hunting season. The Acorn Creek trailhead provides access to a little used area of the County. The trail is crossed by many gavel trails, making it CONFUSING TO FOLLOW. A topographic map and compass are a must when traveling in this area. Also as you enter a clearing, look uphill across the opening, for the trial as it goes back into the trees. this will help you stay oriented.

As you gain elevation, you will be rewarded with spectacular views of the Gore Range across the valley. The trail eventually reaches the ridge top near Ute Peak.

Directions from Silverthorne: Travel north on Highway 9 for 11 miles. After the bridge over the Blue River, turn right onto Road #2400 and follow this for 1/2 miles to a fork in the road. Take the right fork onto Road #2402. Follow this 1/2 mile to the trailhead.

Directions from Beaver Creek: Travel 38 miles east on I-70 to Silverthorne. Travel north on Highway 9 for 11 miles. After the bridge over the Blue River, turn right onto Road #2400 and follow this for 1/2 miles to a fork in the road. Take the right fork onto Road #2402. Follow this 1/2 mile to the trailhead.

Directions from Vail: Travel 29 miles east on I-70 to Silverthorne. Travel north on Highway 9 for 11 miles. After the bridge over the Blue River, turn right onto Road #2400 and follow this for 1/2 miles to a fork in the road. Take the right fork onto Road #2402. Follow this 1/2 mile to the trailhead.

Seasonal Information:
Normally Accessible: Spring through Fall (NOTE: May vary depending upon snowpack and weather conditions.) .



Current Conditions & Trip Reports
Open Updated: 1999-06-22 18:08:00.0


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Difficulty: Easy
Number of People Encountered: 25-50 ppl
Recommend to a Friend: Not Recommended
Report: this trail sucks



Recreation Opportunities
Activity Remarks On Site
ICON Backpacking Acorn Creek and linking trails
Yes
ICON Hiking & Walking Acorn Creek and linking trails
Yes
ICON Horseback Riding Acorn Creek and linking trails
Yes



Related Activities
Blue River Campground - The Blue River Campground is located north of Silverthorne along the Blue River at an elevation of 8,500 feet.

Ute Pass Trail - The Ute Pass Trail begins north of Silverthorne on Ute Pass and leads south toward Ute Peak.



More Information

Visitor Information:

Summit County Chamber of Commerce, 011 S. Summit Blvd. , Frisco, CO, 80443, Phone: 800-530-3099, Fax: 970-668-1515

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