Dome Rock Loop Trail
ElevationAscent: 1,590' 485 m
Descent: -1,583' -482 m
High: 9,668' 2,947 m
Low: 8,208' 2,502 m
GradeAvg Grade: 6% (3°)
Max Grade: 19% (11°)
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“A lengthy trail along three creeks to Dome Rock with plenty of stream crossings, meadows, forests, and rock formations.”— Karl W
At about 2.5 miles, you'll come to an intersection with Cabin Creek Trail that heads north along a small creek. There are the ruins of a old cabin here too, mostly just a chimney though. Continue along Four Mile Creek. The trail will be in tall grass and is not always super easy to see, but navigable enough. At around 3 miles, you should begin to see Dome Rock, a not very creatively named rock formation that is shaped like...well...a huge dome. Dome Rock is the geologic highlight of this trail. The trail loops all the way around it offering a nice nearly 360-degree view of this cool rock formation.
As you head past Dome Rock, the trail more or less becomes Spring Creek Trail. Spring Creek Trail follows Spring Creek away from Four Mile Creek to the east. Along this section the trail will gain its first real elevation. Near the top of the climb on the trail, you'll join a four-wheel-drive road and encounter a few side trails/roads. One will head north to an area called War Camp, and another will head back west to offer elevated views of Dome Rock.
Keep heading counter clockwise to stay on the Dome Rock Loop. You'll pass Sand Creek Trail shortly before you come to Willow Creek Trail, which you want. Willow Creek Trail follows (surprise) Willow Creek as it drops through another valley. Finally, you'll return to the parking area.
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Land Manager: CO Parks & Wildlife - Dome Rock SWA