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Tanglewood Trail #636

 4.4 (14)

A steady climb through aspen and pine forests along Tanglewood Creek.

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11,928' 3,636 m


9,857' 3,004 m


2,071' 631 m


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Avg Grade (8°)


Max Grade (14°)

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

Family Friendly The younger kids will enjoy the first couple miles of trail along the creek, while older kids might enjoy the challenge of making it above treeline.


Starting from the trailhead and parking lot at the end of Deer Creek Road this short trail packs plenty to see along the way with steadily increasing grades that make you earn the views.

The trail starts on a wide, mellow, well-maintained trail through a large ponderosa and spruce forest. Here, Deer Creek meanders through the shade, and you'll have the chance to see a variety of ferns and wildflowers along the banks of the creek and on the nearby hillsides. After crossing Deer Creek on a narrow log bridge, you'll hike alongside Tanglewood Creek which you follow for approximately two miles (and cross several times).

The trail continues to climb and you'll head through several aspen stands and small meadows that are filled with wildflowers during the spring and summer months.

As you follow the creek drainage up, you'll notice that the trail starts getting much rockier and steeper as you start to climb in earnest. The rocky sections of the trail can be a bit tricky especially in the spring if there is any run-off, as the rocks are slippery when wet.

The last mile of the trail is definitely worth the effort you put in earlier as the forest, which up to this point has blocked your views, opens up and you'll be hiking through meadows with stunted pines, gnarled stumps, and many wildflowers in season. The trail smooths out and you can start enjoying views of the surrounding peaks while continuing your climb to the saddle.

The trail ends at the top of the saddle between Rosalie Peak and Rosedale Peak, with great 360-degree views of Bandit Peak, Royal Mountain, Mount Logan, and the green forests, streams, and lakes to the north in the Mount Evans Wilderness.

Flora & Fauna

Deer, Albert's squirrels, chipmunks, beaver, and birds. Ponderosa pine, spruce, aspen, bristlecone pine, and many wildflowers such as sweet peas, goldenrod, columbines, lupine, indian paintbrush, candy tuft, and bluebells.


Shared By:

Kristen Arendt with improvements by Ralph Bradt

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Tanglewood Creek.
Jun 15, 2016 near Idaho S…, CO
Interesting, gnarled stump beside the trail.
Jun 15, 2016 near Georgetown, CO
Wildflowers along the trail.
Jun 15, 2016 near Georgetown, CO
Looking south from the Tanglewood Trail.
Jun 15, 2016 near Georgetown, CO
A break in the trees.
Jun 15, 2016 near Georgetown, CO
Entering the Mount Evans Wilderness.
Jun 3, 2016 near Idaho S…, CO



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Jul 10, 2022
Alex O'Connell
From Deer Creek TH, Rosalie to Tanglewood to part of Jefferson Lakes. Overall 9 miles / 2700. Creek running high.
Jun 24, 2022
JD Weaver
Jul 12, 2020
Colin White
Awesome camping spot just past the trailhead. 0.5mi
Jun 14, 2020
Jon D
Packed, more than I've ever seen it. Easily 30+ cars. 90% of people not wearing masks! Great hike otherwise, kinda like going to a mall on the weekend 10.5mi — 5h 00m
Oct 26, 2019
Matt Culpepper
To South Ridge and Rosalie Pk Summit via Rosalie Trl (Deer Creek TH) [4350ft] — 9h 30m
Oct 19, 2019
Matt Culpepper
Across Tanglewood Creek and up drainage then across (around 2 cow and 2 baby moose!) to Bandit Pk summit and down south slope to Rosalie Trl (11/3200) 11mi
Oct 13, 2019
Matt Culpepper
To Royal Mtn meadows cut-off and summit and back (7.5/2250) 7.5mi
Jul 16, 2019
Daniela Hadfield