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Gore Creek Trail

Intermediate/Difficult
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Experience alpine splendor in the Eagles Nest Wilderness.


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Map Key

7.3

Miles

11.7

KM

Point to Point

11,719' 3,572 m

High

8,749' 2,667 m

Low

3,007' 917 m

Up

303' 92 m

Down

9%

Avg Grade (5°)

33%

Max Grade (19°)

Dogs Leashed

Features Fall Colors · River/Creek · Views · Wildflowers

Description

The Gore Creek Trail climbs alongside Gore Creek for 4 miles through healthy, extremely pleasant forest. There are some short steep sections along the way, but none of the hills are too long. The trail winds through open meadows and dense aspen groves that soon change to conifer stands as the elevation increases. At mile 4, the trail forks; left will take you up the Gore Lake Trail. Gore Creek trail continues to the right -- cross the creek then turn slight left and continue ahead to Red Buffalo Pass.

If you're filtering water, the last creek crossing before the big climb to the pass is around mile 6!

This is a beautiful trail, and you should consider an out-and back run of any length.

Contacts

Shared By:

Nick Wilder with improvements by Amy Christine

Trail Ratings

  4.0 from 4 votes

#5

in Vail

#8291

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Incredible views and wildflowers around mile 6.5-7, as you're heading out of treeline!!  Big climb but well worth it!
Jul 20, 2020 near Silvert…, CO
This view is looking back at Red Peak from one of the lakes below Eccles Pass.
Jul 5, 2017 near Silvert…, CO
View of Gore Range. Photo from Maria McEvoy with permission.
Aug 11, 2017 near Silvert…, CO
Junction to Gore Lake heads north here (about 4-4.25 miles in). Cross the creek here to continue on Gore Creek Trail. It's confusing, since there's also a trail that heads straight, but that's just to backpacking campsites and not the real trail.
Jul 20, 2020 near Silvert…, CO
August wildflowers at Red Buffalo Pass.  Photo from Maria McEvoy with permission.
Aug 11, 2017 near Silvert…, CO
Headed up the Gore Creek Trail.  Photo from Maria McEvoy with permission.
Aug 11, 2017 near Vail, CO

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Jul 1, 2020
John TZen
Jun 22, 2020
Meaghan O.
Trailhead to gore lake and back 7.3mi — 5h 00m
Sep 1, 2019
Angel Anichin
Jul 17, 2019
Terri Sipantzi
2.7mi — 1h 32m
Aug 25, 2018
Lynn DiFiore
Aug 11, 2018
Meaghan O.
14.6mi
Aug 7, 2018
Joey Alpine
Day hike. Great camping spot west of red buffalo pass 14mi
Jul 17, 2018
Sophia Vancouver
Beautiful Aspen forest. Moose territory. Saw a female moose. 4.2mi