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Corral Creek Trail

Intermediate/Difficult
 3.7 (3)

This lovely route visits a wildflower choked alpine bowl below Uneva Peak


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Map Key

2.3

Miles

3.7

KM

Point to Point

11,710' 3,569 m

High

10,605' 3,233 m

Low

1,132' 345 m

Up

28' 8 m

Down

9%

Avg Grade (5°)

34%

Max Grade (19°)

Dogs Unknown

Features River/Creek · Views · Wildflowers

Description

Starting from the east side of exit 190 at Vail Pass, find the start of the Corral Creek Trail that heads up through low bushes and into the woods. After a brief steep uphill, the trail settles into a more mellow grade passing through evergreens and meadows. Keep to the widest, most established main trail ignoring the many braided smaller trails that are the likely result of fall mushroom hunting. You may spot some old, blue diamond trail markers nailed high up on the trees, but these soon disappear.

Before long, you emerge into a broad valley covered with grasses and wildflowers which peak from mid July to early August. Here the trail widens to old doubletrack and the highway noise fades. There is also evidence of past logging activities, with some stumps cut low and some cut very high from winter harvesting. Enter a lush forest and climb more steeply until you pop out at the foot of a large scree field. Skirt around this talus and approach the huge alpine meadow. Here pika chirp their greeting and burbling streams cut through the fields of wildflowers. This enchanting place has great 360 degree views.

You certainly feel like you've reached a very remote place and are unlikely to have company here. Continue across the stream, climbing steeply into an upper cirque. The official trail ends here at this idyllic spot where an open outcropping invites you to linger over the views. Those with more energy can scramble up the steep scree to reach the Uneva Peak ridgeline for distant views of Lake Dillon and beyond.

Note: It is a good idea to wear bright orange in the fall to be seen by hunters.

Flora & Fauna

Paintbrush, asters, lilies, bluebells. Pika, chipmunks, squirrels.

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Megan W

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  3.7 from 3 votes

#10

in Vail

#22815

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#10

in Vail

#1,819

in Colorado

#22,815

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Photos

Wildflowers looking across Vail Pass
Jul 26, 2020 near Copper…, CO
Wildflower mania on Corral Creek Trail
Jul 26, 2020 near Copper…, CO
Surprisingly full stream in the bowl below Uneva Peak
Sep 6, 2015 near Frisco, CO
At the end of Corral Creek Trail
Jul 26, 2020 near Copper…, CO
Along Corral Creek Trail
Jul 26, 2020 near Copper…, CO
Great views to the south
Sep 6, 2015 near Frisco, CO

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Jun 25, 2021
stephen sklarow
turned left to follow loggers trail. some mud but there are paths around much. of it. 5.7mi — 3h 20m
Nov 29, 2020
Stephen Pack
Jul 26, 2020
Nick Wilder
May 31, 2020
Riley Gaines
Snowshoes 4.7mi
Aug 14, 2018
Danny Wojcik
Jun 7, 2018
Rodney Broschinsky
Muddy and snowy. Trail hard to follow after 2 miles. Wait a month.