Meadow Creek Trail is a hiking and horse trail in Summit County, Colorado. It is within Eagles Nest Wilderness Area and White River National Forest. It is 4.3 miles long and begins at 9,148 feet altitude. Traveling the entire trail is 8.6 miles with a total elevation gain of 2,403 feet. Near the trailhead there is parking.
Meadow Creek Trail Professional Reviews and Guides
"The high meadows full of wonderful, colorful wildflowers make this hike a must-do. The trail starts in a mixed forest of aspen and lodgepole pine, which then transitions to lodgepole as it climbs steadily. The grade finally mellows where the sparkling creek tumbles near the trail. You’ll pass stumps left behind by loggers then wander through the glorious meadows, which also offer great views of the Tenmile Range, Buffalo Mountain, Bald Mountain, Mount Guyot, and Eccles Pass. From the top of Eccles Pass, the view of Red Peak, Red-Buffalo Pass, and the South Willow Creek drainage is a piece of heaven."
--Maryann Gaug, Best Hikes Near Breckenridge and Vail (Falcon Guides).
"You have a choice of two hikes at this trailhead: a short, pleasant hike to Lily Pad Lakes or an all-day, strenuous hike into the Eagles Nest Wilderness to Eccles Pass. Both hikes are particularly enjoyable in September when aspen are turning to their spectacular gold color. The Eccles Pass destination is in the Eagles Nest Wilderness, so your dog must be on leash. This also means that bicyclists are not permitted on the trail, since wilderness trails are restricted to hikers and equestrians. As you begin hiking on Meadow Creek Trail, you will almost immediately cross Meadow Creek, where you can let your pet enjoy the water. Take this trail for 0.8 mile to a fork. If Lily Pad Lakes are your destination, turn right and continue for another 0.5 mile to the larger lake. A smaller lake lies to the north. The views are very pretty from the lake toward Dillon Reservoir and the upper Blue River valley. Return the way you came."
--Ania Savage, Best Hikes with Dogs: Colorado (The Mountaineers Books).
"Buffalo Mountain’s grand dome is the visual centerpiece of this pocket of eastern Gore Range Peaks. There are five high-quality summits from this duo of trailheads, though Ryan Gulch is usually used exclusively to access Buffalo Mountain. The Meadow Creek Trail goes up and over Eccles Pass, where excellent camping spots are bypassed on the way to the highest summit in this area, 13,189-foot Red Peak. Deming Mountain is an excellent, overlooked high point that grants access to the sixth summit in this area, the tricky West Deming Peak."
--James Dziezynski, Best Summit Hikes: Denver to Vail (Wilderness Press).
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