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Deep Creek Trail

Basics
Location:
20 miles east of Glenwood Springs
Length:
3 miles/5 km
Difficulty:
Intermediate
Time:
1-2 hours
Trailhead Elevation:
5900 feet
Elevation Change:
2600 feet
Season:
April - October

Description

Deep Creek Trail follows Deep Creek along the bottom of a 2,500 feet narrow, steep sided cliff bordered canyon. The scenery contains outstanding and diverse features and wildlife watching, fishing, and primitive camping opportunities are good.

Site includes steep walled canyon with limestone, dolomite and sandstone cliffs. The canyon is carved 2000 feet deep into the White River Plateau. Vegetation bordering the creek in this diverse riparian zone is dominated by spruce, cottonwood and shrubs. Recreation in the area consists of hiking the trail along the creek, roadside and walk in campsites, as well as fishing, hunting and spelunking.

Use is limited to hiking; motorized vehicles are prohibited. The trail is a well defined track for the first 3 to 4 miles - it becomes diffuse in places due to narrowing of the canyon and travel on the creek bed necessary in a few places beyond 5 miles up the canyon.

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Details

Location:
20 miles east of Glenwood Springs
Length:
3 miles/5 km
Trail best defined for the first three miles - after four miles, it gets pretty indistinct
Difficulty:
Intermediate
Time:
1-2 hours
Trailhead Elevation:
5900
Elevation Change:
2600
Season:
April - October
Useful Map(s):
USGS 1: 24,000 quads: Dotsero, Broken Rib Creek
Camping Info
Camping permitted
Additional Details:
This narrow single track trail is rough in places. Dead-ends in Deep Creek Canyon. Natural surface throughout.

Map + Directions

Basic Directions

From I-70 at Dotsero (exit 133) drive north on the Colorado River Road (Eagle County 301) approximately 2 miles. Turn left on Coffee Pot Road and go about 2 miles to the trailhead.


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