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"W" Mountain Trail Eagle Ranger District,
White River National Forest
This long yet relatively easy trail leads into the Flat Tops Wilderness north of Dotsero and west of Derby Junction. It links to numerous other trails on the Flat Tops.
Acorn Creek Trail Dillon Ranger District,
White River National Forest
The Acorn Creek Trail is located north of Silverthorne. It leads up Acorn Creek to the ridge top near Ute Peak.
Antones Lake Trail Eagle Ranger District,
White River National Forest
This branch of Antones Trail #1871, receives very light use and can be difficult to follow in places, but leads to several small lakes along the north side of Red Table Mountain.
Colorado Trail Holy Cross Ranger District,
White River National Forest
This portion of the Colorado Trail leads from historic Camp Hale, south of Minturn, to Tennessee Pass.
Colorado Trail- Camp Hale to Kokomo Pass Holy Cross Ranger District,
White River National Forest
This portion of the Colorado Trail leads from historic Camp Hale, south of Minturn, to Kokomo Pass.
Dead Dog Trail Eagle Ranger District,
White River National Forest
This trail south of Edwards, starts from the East Lake Creek Trail #1880 and intersects the Middle Lake Trail #2223 on the ridge between Middle Lake Creek and West Lake Creek.
Eagles Nest Wilderness Area-Dillon side Dillon Ranger District,
White River National Forest
The Eagles Nest Wilderness straddles the Gore Range, to the west of Silverthorne. The western portion of the wilderness area lies in the Holy Cross Ranger District and the eastern portion lies in the Dillon Ranger District.
Eagles Nest Wilderness-Vail side Holy Cross Ranger District,
White River National Forest
The Eagles Nest Wilderness straddles the Gore Range, to the east of Vail. The western portion of the wilderness area lies in the Holy Cross Ranger District and the eastern portion lies in the Dillon Ranger District.
Eagles Nest Wilderness (East Side) Eagles Nest Wilderness (East Side),
Colorado Wilderness Areas
The Eagles Nest Wilderness straddles the Gore Range.
East Lake Creek Trail Eagle Ranger District,
White River National Forest
This trail in the Holy Cross Wilderness south of Edwards, leads up the scenic East Lake Creek valley.
Flat Tops Wilderness (Eagle District Section) Flat Tops Wilderness (Eagle District Section),
Colorado Wilderness Areas
The Flat Tops Wilderness is located in northwest Colorado. It is divided into three administrative sections: the Blanco District, the Eagle District and the Yampa District. The Eagle District administers the southeast portion of the wilderness.
Holy Cross Wilderness - Eagle Ranger District Wilderness Area Eagle Ranger District,
White River National Forest
The Eagle Ranger District portion of the Holy Cross Wilderness lies to the southeast of Eagle. The different trails are accessed from either East Brush Creek or Lake Creek.
Holy Cross Wilderness (Eagle District Section) Holy Cross Wilderness (Eagle District Section),
Colorado Wilderness Areas
The Eagle Ranger District portion of the Holy Cross Wilderness lies to the southeast of Eagle. The different trails are accessed from either East Brush Creek or Lake Creek.
Holy Cross Wilderness Trails - Holy Cross District Holy Cross Ranger District,
White River National Forest
The Holy Cross Ranger District portion of the Holy Cross Wilderness lies to the southwest of Vail and Minturn. The different trails are accessed from either US Hwy. 24, Tigiwon Road, or Homestake Road.
Ironedge Trail Eagle Ranger District,
White River National Forest
The Ironedge Trail begins at the Fulford Cave Campground. It crosses East Brush Creek, leads up to the ridge separating the Lime and East Brush Creek drainages, then down to Lake Charles.
Island Lake Trail (east end) Eagle Ranger District,
White River National Forest
The Island Lake Trail (#1842) begins at Stump Park, northwest of Burns. It leads past Island Lake before linking with several other trails in the Flat Tops Wilderness.
Lake Charles Trail Eagle Ranger District,
White River National Forest
This trail south of Eagle follows East Brush Creek into the Holy Cross Wilderness, up to Lake Charles and Mystic Island Lake.
Lost Lake Trail Eagle Ranger District,
White River National Forest
This trail near the upper end of the Gypsum Creek offers a good escape from other people and a scenic lake as a destination.
Lost Lake Trail Holy Cross Ranger District,
White River National Forest
This trail is located north of Vail. From west to east, it travels from a trailhead on Red Sandstone Road, past Lost Lake to a trailhead on Lost Lake Road.
McKenzie Gulch Trail Eagle Ranger District,
White River National Forest
This trail south of Eagle, winds from West Brush Creek up through a scenic aspen forest.
Middle Lake Trail Eagle Ranger District,
White River National Forest
This steep trail in the Holy Cross Wilderness south of Edwards leads from West Lake Creek up to Middle Lake.
Miners Creek Trail Dillon Ranger District,
White River National Forest
Miners Creek trail stretches from Frisco, up along the top of the Tenmile Range, then down to Copper Mountain. It can be accessed at either end.
Mt. Thomas Trail Eagle Ranger District,
White River National Forest
This trail near Crooked Creek Pass on the scenic Eagle-Thomasville road, provides panoramic views of the region from the Aspen area, north to the Flat Tops and east to the Sawatch and Gore range.
New York Mountain Trail Eagle Ranger District,
White River National Forest
This trail south of Edwards begins near the Baryeta Cabins site and leads past the Polar Star 10th Mountain Hut before linking to the New York Lake trail #2221.
Ptarmigan Peak Wilderness Dillon Ranger District,
White River National Forest
The Ptarmigan Peak Wilderness lies in the Williams Fork Mountains, north of Silverthorne.
Salt Creek Trail Eagle Ranger District,
White River National Forest
This trail south of Eagle travels from Salt Creek up to Dubach Meadows.
Searle Pass Trail Dillon Ranger District,
White River National Forest
Searle Pass is located south of Copper Mountain. This trail provides access into the beautiful and little used back country area between Vail and Fremont Pass.
Squaw Creek Trail Eagle Ranger District,
White River National Forest
This infrequently used trail southwest of Edwards, is recommended for those people who enjoy hiking on difficult to find and unmarked trails, using a topo map and a compass.
Sweetwater Trail Eagle Ranger District,
White River National Forest
This scenic trail travels up Sweetwater and Dry Sweetwater Creeks in the Flat Tops area north of Dotsero. It accesses the east side of the Flat Tops Wilderness.
Tenmile Meadows Trail Dillon Ranger District,
White River National Forest
The Tenmile Meadows Trail is located south of Frisco. The Peaks and Miners Creek Trails are followed to reach Tenmile Meadows, at the base of Tenmile Peak and Peak 3.
Turret Creek Trail Eagle Ranger District,
White River National Forest
Beginning in the Sweetwater Lake area, this trail provides good access to the Flat Tops Wilderness, and is popular for foot or horseback travel.
Two Elk Trail Holy Cross Ranger District,
White River National Forest
This National Recreation Trail travels from the Vail Pass Trail, just east of East Vail, up over Two Elk Pass, then down Two Elk Creek into Minturn. It can be traveled in either direction.
Ute Pass Trail Dillon Ranger District,
White River National Forest
The Ute Pass Trail begins north of Silverthorne on Ute Pass and leads south toward Ute Peak.
Wagonwheel Trail Eagle Ranger District,
White River National Forest
This Flat Tops trail travels down Wagonwheel Creek ending at Budges Resort, on the South Fork of the White River.
Wheeler National Recreation Trail Dillon Ranger District,
White River National Forest
The Wheeler National Recreation Trail leads from McCullough Gulch, south of Breckenridge, over the Tenmile Range to Copper Mountain.
Yates Gulch Trail Eagle Ranger District,
White River National Forest
This is a lower elevation trail which travels through a relatively arid area south of Gypsum.
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