Crystal Creek Road

Summit County, Colorado

Elevation Gain2,675ft
Trailhead Elevation11,420ft
Elevation Min/Max10478/12956ft
Elevation Start/End11420/11423ft

Crystal Creek Road

Crystal Creek Road is a hiking, biking, and horse trail in Summit County, Colorado. It is within White River National Forest. It is 4.0 miles long and begins at 11,420 feet altitude. Traveling the entire trail is 8.2 miles with a total elevation gain of 2,675 feet. Near the end of the trail is an adit. This trail connects with the following: Burro Trail, Wheeler Trail and Spruce Creek Trail.

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Best Hikes with Dogs: Colorado (The Mountaineers Books)
Ania Savage
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"The trail begins at 10,400 feet just below timberline and takes you past numerous lush alpine meadows abloom with wildflowers from June through September. Tributaries of nearby Crystal Creek often cross the trail in streamlets and rivulets that a big step will cross and your dog will love to sample. The access to flowing water throughout the hike makes it an ideal hike for a dog, especially if you and your canine companion are hiking on a hot Colorado summer day."

Crystal Creek Road Trip Reports

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This hike was alot tougher than I expected. My husband and two boys, ages 9 and 11, went this weekend. The first mile or so is straight uphill - quite steep and rocky. The next 1.5 miles is still challenging, although there are level areas where you can take a breather. Bring bug spray as we got nailed by the skeeters at about mile 1.5. By the time I got the spray out, I already had at least 15 bites. Bring hiking poles, especially if you are "tippy" or have knee problems. We enjoyed this hike but I have to say we were not prepared for how steep it was at the beginning.
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I have hiked in this area a few times and most of the trails you find are pretty solid - nothing amazing by Colorado standards but solid. This particular trail as described on the site can be enjoyed by hikers of just about any level of fitness.

The scenery is good, but not great. Keep in mind that most of this hike is through the center of a valley. I have hiked the peaks in this area and doing so will definitely give a whole new experience compared to this hike. You can climb peaks of this valley, though i would recommend picking up a ridge early in the hike because the end of the valley is primarily steep slopes covered in loose rock.

There were a ton of people on this hike, but it's not too far from Breck so no big surprise.

Last but not least - it is pretty nice to have 4wd to get you as far as you can because it minimizes the boring parts of the hike.

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Trail Information

Summit County
Nearby City
White River National Forest, Dillon Ranger District
Local Contacts
USGS Breckenridge; Trails Illustrated Breckenridge, Tennessee Pass
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