Mesa Cortina to East Vail

Silverthorne Colorado Hikes

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This 14.9-mile hike traverses the Gore Range over Red-Buffalo Pass. Along the way, you can see almost everything that is special about the Eagles Nest Wilderness. Flower-filled meadows, views of craggy peaks and spires, marshes, avalanche paths, old graves, a set of waterfalls, and coniferous forests provide for a continuous change of scenery and feeling of remoteness. Most of the trail follows the route originally pro- posed for Interstate 70. The hike can be done as a long day hike, backpack, or separate hikes. Enjoy the beauty of the Gore Range and Eagles Nest Wilderness! If the Colorado Department of Transportation’s (CDOT) wish had been granted back in the mid-1960s, you would be driving along South Willow Creek and Gore Creek instead of hiking. CDOT proposed a route for I –70 that would turn at Silverthorne and head up South Willow Creek. At an elevation of about 10, 700 feet, a two-lane tunnel would burrow under Red-Buffalo Pass for about 6, 500 feet. On the west side, I –70 would travel down Gore Creek and then curve west past Vail.
Hiking Colorado's Summit County Area

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Hiking Colorado's Summit County Area

by Maryann Gaug (Falcon Publishing)

This 14.9-mile hike traverses the Gore Range over Red-Buffalo Pass. Along the way, you can see almost everything that is special about the Eagles Nest Wilderness. Flower-filled meadows, views of craggy peaks and spires, marshes, avalanche paths, old graves, a set of waterfalls, and coniferous forests provide for a continuous change of scenery and feeling of remoteness. Most of the trail follows the route originally pro- posed for Interstate 70. The hike can be done as a long day hike, backpack, or separate hikes. Enjoy the beauty of the Gore Range and Eagles Nest Wilderness! If the Colorado Department of Transportation’s (CDOT) wish had been granted back in the mid-1960s, you would be driving along South Willow Creek and Gore Creek instead of hiking. CDOT proposed a route for I –70 that would turn at Silverthorne and head up South Willow Creek. At an elevation of about 10, 700 feet, a two-lane tunnel would burrow under Red-Buffalo Pass for about 6, 500 feet. On the west side, I –70 would travel down Gore Creek and then curve west past Vail.

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Activity Type: Hiking
Nearby City: Silverthorne
Length: 14.9
Elevation Gain: 2,532 feet
Trail Type: Shuttle
Skill Level: Most Difficult
Duration: 6 to 11 hours
Season: Best from July to early October
Local Contacts: White River National Forest
Local Maps: USGS Dillon,Willow Lakes,Vail East; Trails Illustrated: #108 Vail,Frisco,Dillon
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Recent Trail Reviews

8/4/2007

This trail is in bad need of some repair. The first few miles have been maintained well untill you get close to timberline then a lot of fallen trees still have not been cut out. Once you hit the junction of the Eccles pass the trail is hard to find to go over Red Buffalo Pass. Look for the Cairns and the path above the lake. The trail just below the pass(on both sides) is very eroded. The trip took me approx. 4.5 hours by mostly running with a few short stops for route finding close to the pass. Make sure if you are goind from East to West over the pass to look closely for the Cairns going straight down off the pass. A few misleading Cairns will take you up to the peaks instead of immediately off the pass. Once you reach the bottom of the basin on the West side of the pass the trail gradually improves the closer you get to the creek crossing.

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