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Ben Tyler Trail #606

Intermediate/Difficult
 4.2 (10)

This wilderness trail affords stunning vistas, summer wildflowers, and fall foliage.


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11.7

Miles

18.9

KM

Point to Point

11,661' 3,554 m

High

8,286' 2,526 m

Low

3,564' 1,086 m

Up

2,116' 645 m

Down

9%

Avg Grade (5°)

28%

Max Grade (16°)

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Features Commonly Backpacked · Fall Colors · Spring · Views · Wildflowers · Wildlife

Since the trail is almost entirely within the Lost Creek Wilderness, wilderness restrictions apply. There is a mandatory self-issuing permit system at the beginning of the wilderness area that hikers and backpackers are obliged to fill out.

Description

Beginning at the North Ben Tyler Trailhead, the trail immediately starts with a set of moderately steep switchbacks. After the last switchback, you'll cross Ben Tyler Creek, resuming a steep climb. Along this section, there are established campsites that can be found and used.

The final section up to the Craig Park Trail junction is a series of long switchbacks that, when traversing east, offer spectacular views down Ben Tyler Gulch. You'll maintain a southwestern course past the junction with Craig Park Trail #608. The trail continues to climb, crossing Ben Tyler Creek again, to a high saddle above the tree line, which offers some spectacular views. You'll start to descend at this point, passing an old lumber camp and joining CT - Segment 5, ending at the Rock Creek Trailhead.

Flora & Fauna

There are a plethora of colorful wildflowers in late spring and early summer, and fall brings stunning color changes to the aspen groves on the trail.

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Shared By:

Luke Snow

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  4.2 from 10 votes

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Photos

View to the south from the highpoint of the Ben Taylor Trail.
Oct 18, 2020 near Bailey, CO
Fallen aspen leaves on the Ben Taylor Trail.
Oct 18, 2020 near Bailey, CO
Rock Creek Gulch
Sep 15, 2020 near Jefferson, CO

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Jul 24, 2021
Katie Osland
Great trail! 2mi
Jun 6, 2021
April Jones
From Rock Creek TH, waist-deep snow above 11,500, but can route around off-trail. Mosquitoes aplenty. 10mi — 5h 00m
Aug 9, 2020
Dimitri R
Jun 13, 2020
Gretchen Walker
Nicole's birthday weekend- FJ rolled in shit
May 16, 2020
Luke Tavares
Snow around 1050ft, will try the summit in summer
Oct 7, 2019
Nicole Stanek
Did part of this trail as an out and back. Beautiful aspens! 6mi — 2h 30m
Jul 24, 2019
Mike D
6.5mi
Jul 6, 2019
Jon D
Trail washed out, be prepared for mud & humidity! 4.8mi