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North Rock Creek Trail #46

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2.2 Miles 3.6 Kilometers

769' 235 m


-22' -7 m



Avg Grade (4°)


Max Grade (14°)

10,230' 3,118 m


9,482' 2,890 m


Shared By Chelsea Gribbin


All Clear 87 days ago
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A forested trail through a Gore Range drainage.

Chelsea Gribbin

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Features Fall Colors · River/Creek · Views · Wildflowers · Wildlife


A hike through a bird nesting area to an abandoned mine surrounded by magnificent mountain vistas makes this a great trail. Access to the Eagles Nest Wilderness in the Gore Range is another attraction of this trail.

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Oct 28, 2018
Jim Warrick
Old mining road is in outstanding shape. To extent this hike, see my comments on North Rock Creek Primitive Route for a much better parallel trail. — 1h 30m
Jun 14, 2017
Nick V
Trail is in good shape all the way to the Boss mine. 99% Dry. Lots of downed trees though. 5mi — 3h 00m

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This trail would benefit greatly from going maybe another mile farther into the drainage. The trail stops just as you get out of the trees and have a clear view of the mountains. Mar 13, 2016
I did North Rock Creek trail starting at the trailhead and continued onto the "Primitive Route" to make a longer out-and-back. I kept my blue dot on the primitive route, despite enormous obstacles and lack of evidence that more than a handful of hikers had ever tread there. After eating lunch, I consulted my phone satellite map, and guessed that a better way back would be higher on the hill above the "primitive route." I WAS REWARDED BY FINDING A REAL TRAIL, paralleling the primitive route about 100-yds higher on the hillside. How to find it: From the Boss Mine at the west end of North Rock Creek Trail, DON'T start descending on the primitive. Instead CLIMB in a westerly direction on an abandoned road graded into the mining debris. When that road makes its first right-hand switchback, turn left at the small cairn onto the trail. The trail is a narrow, but moderate. It traverses through widely scattered Aspens and over large expanses of glacier polished granite, where you can enjoy unobstructed views of the high peaks. I will post a few photos showing how to access the trail that should replace what is now called the "primitive route." Oct 28, 2018

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