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Cow Creek Trail

Intermediate
 3.8 (5)

A secluded trail paralleling cow creek.


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Map Key

3.2

Miles

5.1

KM

Point to Point

8,773' 2,674 m

High

7,826' 2,385 m

Low

950' 290 m

Up

3' 1 m

Down

6%

Avg Grade (3°)

19%

Max Grade (11°)

Dogs No Dogs

Features Birding · Fall Colors · River/Creek · Swimming · Views · Waterfall · Wildflowers · Wildlife

Parking limited to ~7 cars on roadside up from the Ranch gate.

Description

This tranquil trail climbs from McGraw Ranch Rd. all the way to the beautiful Bridal Veil Falls. Cow Creek Trail also provides connectivity between Gem Lake Trail and Black Canyon Trail. If your goal is simply to get to the Black Canyon Trail from Gem Lake, consider a detour to the falls - they're spectacular!

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Shared By:

Brian Smith

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  3.8 from 5 votes

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Photos

Bridal Veil Falls
Jan 8, 2015 near Estes Park, CO
Three-Nerved Fleabane
Feb 9, 2015 near Estes Park, CO
Solomon's Seal
Feb 9, 2015 near Estes Park, CO
Winged Buckwheat
Feb 9, 2015 near Estes Park, CO
Bridal Veil Falls
Jul 3, 2017 near Estes Park, CO

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