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Whiskey Creek Alternate

Intermediate
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This enjoyable but fairly obscure trail is made less pleasant by the highway noise


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Map Key

0.9

Miles

1.4

KM

Point to Point

8,147' 2,483 m

High

7,659' 2,334 m

Low

488' 149 m

Up

0' 0 m

Down

11%

Avg Grade (6°)

26%

Max Grade (15°)

Dogs Unknown

Features Fall Colors · Views · Wildflowers

The Whiskey Creek Alternate trail is only open to the public from September 1 to the end of February. It is managed by Colorado Parks & Wildlife.

Description

Starting from the southeast corner of the Homestake K8 School's football field, this trail reaches a peaceful meadow at the junction of the Whiskey Creek Trail. Hike through aspen groves, brushy dense thickets, and open meadows on this well-packed dirt trail. There are not very many roots or rocks to contend with, but this path is often overgrown with grasses that obscure the already skinny trail. You'll get a few views west of Eagle Vail's hillsides and wildflowers make their home here. Good views of the striped rock mountains above Dowd junction greet you where the Whiskey Creek Alternate Trail ends at its junction with the main Whiskey Creek Trail.

Note: this is a multi-use trail so expect mountain bike traffic. It is a good idea to wear some orange in the fall to be visible to hunters.

Flora & Fauna

Aspen trees and some wildflowers.

Contacts

Shared By:

Megan W with improvements by Michael Beach

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Photos

Northeast views from the Whiskey Creek Alternate Trail.
Sep 9, 2015 near Avon, CO
Looking south and approaching the junction with the main Whiskey Creek Trail.
Sep 9, 2015 near Minturn, CO
This tiny rock bench just off the trail offers a pleasant view.
Sep 9, 2015 near Minturn, CO
Shady thickets are tempting spots for a quick nap.
Sep 9, 2015 near Avon, CO
Pretty meadows with aspens line this peaceful trail.
Sep 9, 2015 near Avon, CO
A 3rd grade class from the nearby school provides nature trail guides from this mailbox.
Sep 9, 2015 near Avon, CO

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