Salt Creek

Fairplay, Colorado 80440

Salt Creek

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Detailed Trail Description from our Guidebook

"Tucked up against the Buffalo Peaks Wilderness Area, Salt Creek offers the casual hiker peaceful, gentle valleys lined with stands of pine, spruce, fir, and aspen below craggy ridges. East Buffalo Peak dominates views to the northwest and the expanse of South Park is to the south.

The trail begins as a double track, with a steep, rocky ridge on the right and a small stream to the left. The first stretch involves a steady climb of 362 feet. In July blueflax, cinquefoil, rose, scarlet gilia and paintbrush abound. At 0.5 mile, West and East Buffalo Peaks come into view. The trail levels out some, and a valley opens up at 1 mile. Aspen groves edge the trail offering stunning color in late September."

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Trail Information

Fairplay
Nearby City
5
Distance
720 feet
Elevation Gain
Out-and-back
Trail Type
2.5 hours
Duration
Best in Summer
Season
Pike National Forest
Local Contacts
USGS: Collegiate Peaks, Marmot Peak, Antero Reservoir, Pike National Forest
Local Maps

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