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Little Elk Creek Trail

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 3.7 (3)

This is a very demanding trail and is only for the experienced hiker.


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Map Key

4.0

Miles

6.4

KM

Point to Point

9,144' 2,787 m

High

5,973' 1,820 m

Low

3,171' 967 m

Up

0' 0 m

Down

15%

Avg Grade (9°)

52%

Max Grade (27°)

Dogs Off-leash

Features Birding · River/Creek · Waterfall · Wildflowers · Wildlife

No official closures, but spring runoff can make the trail unable to be passed as you cross the creek multiple times at the beginning of the trail and at one point essentially work your way up the creek bed.

Description

This trail is 99.9% uphill all the way in, so there really isn't a nice break in the type of hiking you are doing. It's either all uphill on the way out and all downhill on the way back to the trailhead.

Flora & Fauna

We saw lots of different types of birds, a moose, and saw tracks for what looked like a bobcat (but we could be mistaken on that).

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Shared By:

James Park

Trail Ratings

  3.7 from 3 votes

#19407

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  3.7 from 3 votes
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#521

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#19,407

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Photos

At the top of the ridge, this is looking toward Palisade Waterfall and Upper Palisade Lake (just around the turn in the canyon).
Jul 1, 2017 near Irwin, Not set (ID )
There's a nice flat spot to camp just downhill of the ridge looking toward Sheep Creek Peak.
Jul 1, 2017 near Irwin, Not set (ID )
The approach to Mt. Baird traverses rugged terrain.
Jul 1, 2017 near Irwin, Not set (ID )
This is a look at the east side of Sheep Creek Peak.
Jul 1, 2017 near Irwin, Not set (ID )
Enjoy some waterfalls before the spring runoff is done.
Jul 1, 2017 near Irwin, Not set (ID )

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Jun 30, 2017
James Park
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