2.5 Hours Walking at a brisk pace, the hike will take close to an hour to the site of the memorial crosses. Plan for more than two and a half hours for the entire trip.
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The trail is designed to take hikers on a journey as if they were a firefighter climbing to a fire. The memorial trail was left steep and rough allowing visitors to experience something similar to what firefighters encounter.
Signs along the trail provide useful information on what it feels like to be a wildland firefighter. Parts of the trail can be strenuous.The main portion of the trail is about 1.5 miles long and leads to an observation point with a good view of the entire field where the fire took place. Beyond the observation point, a footpath leads to the sites where firefighters died. The footpath, marked only by rock cairns, is not maintained. Its rough condition is intended as a tribute to firefighters and the challenging conditions under which they work.
Directions: The trailhead is located at the end of the frontage road at Canyon Creek. Take the Canyon Creek exit off Interstate 70, then turn right on the frontage road paralleling the interstate going east.
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