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greenBlue Mesa Cortina to Gore Range Trail Out and Back

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Trail

8.0 mile 12.9 kilometer loop
Singletrack
Easy/Intermediate

Elevation

Ascent: 918' 280 m
Descent: -921' -281 m
High: 9,631' 2,936 m
Low: 9,181' 2,798 m

Grade

Avg Grade: 4% (2°)
Max Grade: 25% (14°)

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Trail shared by Chelsea Gribbin

A mostly forested trail, with stream crossings and beautiful meadows.

Chelsea Gribbin

Features Fall Colors · River/Creek · Wildflowers · Wildlife

Overview

This route takes you through grassy meadows overlooking Silverthorne and follows a beautiful creek through the forest, ending with views of Buffalo Mountain up close.

Description

From the trailhead, follow the Mesa Cortina Trail right down the first split, through meadows and skirting the edge of the forest. To your right, you'll have views of Silverthorne and Ptarmigan Mountain. Eventually, the trail leaves the meadow and takes you into the forest. You'll cross a few small creeks and see private trails off to the right, continue straight until you reach the Gore Range Trail.

Turn left, onto the Gore Range Trail, and follow it west towards Buffalo and Red Mountains. Eventually, you'll cross South Willow Creek, continue following it on your left until you reach a large meadow with Buffalo Mountain's steep face up above to the left. Continue up the hill until you reach the split for South Willow Falls Crossover. If you choose to continue on, South Willow Falls Crossover is a cool little waterfall and is only a couple miles further.

Flora & Fauna

Beautiful wildflowers, pine trees and meadows. Watch out for moose!

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Aug 25, 2018
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Jul 22, 2018
Nicole Lapka
8.3mi
Jun 10, 2018
Kate Jaquith
9mi
Nov 12, 2017
Brian Matthews
Aug 11, 2017
Amanda Pichler
Jul 23, 2017
Matthew Warriner
Awesome waterfall if you keep going past the end. 13mi
Jun 26, 2017
Michelle Mitchener
The trail is 9 miles from parking lot and back. Surprised that it is described as mostly forested. The vast majority of the hike is in exposed, b... 9mi

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  4.2 from 14 votes

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#1,648

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