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blue Ben Tyler Trail #606

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11.7 mile 18.9 kilometer point to point
Intermediate

Elevation

Ascent: 3,564' 1,086 m
Descent: -2,116' -645 m
High: 11,661' 3,554 m
Low: 8,286' 2,526 m

Grade

Avg Grade: 9% (5°)
Max Grade: 28% (16°)

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

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

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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Jul 6, 2019
Jon D
Trail washed out, be prepared for mud & humidity! 4.8mi
Jul 5, 2019
Jon D
Apr 20, 2019
Mike Stidham

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