Meadow Creek Trail

Eagles Nest Wilderness Area, Colorado

Elevation Gain2,403ft
Trailhead Elevation9,148ft
Elevation Min/Max9148/11413ft
Elevation Start/End9148/9148ft

Meadow Creek Trail

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. This trail connects with the following: Gore Range Trail and Lily Pad Trail #50.

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Best Hikes Near Breckenridge and Vail (Falcon Guides)
Maryann Gaug
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"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."
Best Hikes with Dogs: Colorado (The Mountaineers Books)
Ania Savage
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"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."
Best Summit Hikes: Denver to Vail (Wilderness Press)
James Dziezynski
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"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."

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We hiked to Eccles Pass according to the GPS it was about 5 miles to the pass, so around 10 miles or so out and back. The views from up there are beautiful!

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Trail Information

Eagles Nest Wilderness Area
Nearby City
Eagles Nest Wilderness Area
USDA Forest Service, Dillon Ranger District, 680 Blue River Pkwy., Silverthorne; (970) 468-5400;;
Local Contacts
USGS Frisco and Vail Pass; Nat Geo Trails Illustrated 108 Vail/ Frisco/Dillon; Latitude 40˚ Summit County Trails; USFS White River National Forest map
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