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Take a Hike

John Gardner
post independent
Glenwood Springs, CO Colorado

Outdoor editor’s note: It’s not ski season just yet and fall is a great, maybe perfect, time of year for a hike. The cool temperatures and rusted-autumn scenery make for a great adventure. And just think, in a month or so, you will have to break out the snowshoes if you want to go for a hike.

Featured hiking trail: Spring Creek Trail #2068

Location: North of New Castle off East Elk Creek Road

Difficulty: Moderate

Trail use: Moderate

Length: 5.8 miles, one way

Beginning and ending elevation: 8,000′ to 10,080′, a gain of 2,080 feet.

Getting there: From New Castle, take 7th Street, which will turn into County Road 245, and follow for approximately 2 miles. Turn right on East Elk Road (#241) and follow it for about 3 miles to East Elk Trailhead. The trial may be rocky.

At Spring Creek, to the right beyond the stream you will find the trailhead.

Highlights: The trail is steep, but provides access up the main section of Spring Creek. The fishing is excellent in this area. Picturesque canyon walls, and cascading waterfalls attribute to the spectacular views. This area has been regarded as one of the best elk calving habitats in the state. Travel can be made by horse, but lower sections of the trail can be hazardous so it’s encouraged to use caution.

The first 1.5 miles of the trail are moderately steep but it becomes increasingly difficult in the two miles of trail which ascend to the ridge. Once over the ridge top, the trail begins to level off and passes through a series of meadows.

Information from the White River National Forest Rifle Ranger District

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