Gore Creek Trail

Eagles Nest Wilderness Area, Colorado

Distance5.8mi
Elevation Gain2,852ft
Trailhead Elevation8,697ft
Top10,957ft
Elevation Min/Max8697/10957ft
Elevation Start/End8697/8697ft

Gore Creek Trail

Gore Creek Trail is a hiking and horse trail in Eagle County, Colorado. It is within White River National Forest and Eagles Nest Wilderness Area. It is 5.8 miles long and begins at 8,697 feet altitude. Traveling the entire trail is 11.7 miles with a total elevation gain of 2,852 feet. Near the trailhead there is a parking. The Gore Creek Graves and Graves yards can be seen along the trail.

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Detailed Trail Descriptions from Our Guidebooks

Best Easy Day Hikes Vail (Falcon Guides)
Maryann Gaug
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"The Gore Creek Trail climbs steeply at first and then undulates above or along rough- and- tumble Gore Creek. Ascending the drainage, you roam through coniferous forest and open meadows and past aspen trees, lush bushes, and colorful wildflowers—a new scene around each bend. The hike ends at the bridge over Deluge Creek, but you can turn around sooner where there’s a nice place to enjoy the cascading creek." Read more
Best Hikes Near Breckenridge and Vail (Falcon Guides)
Maryann Gaug
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"The Gore Creek Trail climbs steeply at first then undulates above or along rough-and-tumble Gore Creek. Ascending the drainage, you roam through coniferous forest and open meadows, past aspen trees, lush bushes, and colorful wildflowers—a new scene around each bend. After 4.4 miles the trail to Gore Lake passes the Recen brothers’ graves, climbing very steeply for a while, then winds through a gorgeous area until reaching the lake, nestled in a cirque beneath craggy peaks. Many nice lunch spots can be found to enjoy the lake and ridges." Read more
Best Easy Day Hikes Vail (Falcon Guides)
Maryann Gaug
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"Starting by Bighorn Road at Vail’s east entrance, this featured section of the paved Gore Valley Trail offers an easy walk along Gore Creek past willows, aspens, lodgepole pines, and grassy meadows. Enjoy the scenery from benches and ADA-accessible picnic tables along the way. Three different turnaround points are suggested." Read more

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7/6/2018
This truly pretty trail winds gently through open meadows and thick woods that quickly change as you ascend. For about 4 miles you hike through a beautiful forest right along Gore Creek. This isn't a really difficult trek, but there are some short and steep sections along the way. The trail forks once you go 4 miles and you can choose to continue up Gore Lake Trail or head to Red Buffalo Pass. Whatever you choose to do, it is a beautiful hike, and you will most likely see all kinds of wildflowers and wildlife: marmots, goats, bears, etc!
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8/1/2010
Read Todd's review for a good understanding of the trail. The Gore Creek trail is very nice. Take it as far as you want. We went to the turn-off for Gore Lake and the entire trail was very enjoyable. (If you continue to Gore Lake, the trail is very steep). Near the trailhead is the trail for Deluge Lake. The Deluge trail is very difficult as compared to the Gore Creek trail. Approx. 5+ miles one way. Elevation change is approx. 3,000 feet and the lake isn't much to write home about (small mountain lake above the tree line). For a 50 something, it was a challenge.
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7/17/2007
Gore Creek was a great hike for our first day in the mountains. Steep at first, then much easier, with lots of wildflowers and meadows. The creek is a constant companion, lots of views of the water, rapids, small waterfalls, and the sound is a pleasant background to the walk. Not a difficult walk for those in moderately good shape. Close to Vail Village, easy to find, and a good hike. Start early to avoid the direct sun.
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7/22/2006
One of the best wildflower hikes I have been on. However, we did hit it at its peak in mid-July. I am nit dure the flowers will last into August. Great hiKe nevertheless. A bit crowded on weekends so I suggest a weekday hike.
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8/16/2005
Very accurate details about the trail. Wonderful experience and I'd do it again.
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7/17/2004
This trail is very pleasant and is good for most ages except for very young children. If you desire a more challenging day hike or overnight camping location that will be more isolated, take the Gore Creek trail (starting at 8800 ft) but less than a mile into the hike veer left at the fork in the trail. This will take you up the Deluge Creek trail to Deluge Lake (unfortunately this hike is not describe on Trails.com). I would describe this hike as strenuous, perhaps the most strenuous day hike in the Vail area. You wont be disappointed. In July the Parry Primrose, Columbine, Bluebells and Marsh Marigold are out in force (I've gotten some of my best wildflower pictures here). Deluge lake is a welcome destination after having ascended 2400+ feet with views of unnamed 12k and 13k foot peaks.
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Trail Information

Eagles Nest Wilderness Area
Nearby City
Eagles Nest Wilderness Area
Parks
Dog-friendly, Stroller/Wheelchair Accessible
Accessibility
USDA Forest Service, Eagle-Holy Cross Ranger District, 24747 US 24, Minturn; (970) 827-5715; www.fs.usda.gov/whiteriver
Local Contacts
USGS Vail East and Willow Lakes; Nat Geo Trails Illustrated 108 Vail/Frisco/Dillon; Latitude 40˚ Vail and Eagle Trails; USFS White River National Forest map
Local Maps

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Dec 2018