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Easy trail with lots of wildflowers


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Map Key

4.5

Miles

7.2

KM

Out and Back

9,085' 2,769 m

High

8,939' 2,724 m

Low

281' 86 m

Up

281' 86 m

Down

2%

Avg Grade (1°)

6%

Max Grade (3°)

Dogs Leashed

Features River/Creek · Views · Wildflowers

Family Friendly Pet friendly and fairly flat.

Overview

A good day hike to do with an easy access.

Need to Know

Parking is free and a portable toilet is in the parking lot.

This trail appears as the "East River Trail" on COTREX.

Description

The trail starts from a gravel parking lot off Brush Creek Road (738).

The trail starts out pretty flat with no shade and awesome views of Teocalli and other nearby mountains.
This is a great year-round hike; it's awesome in the fall with yellow aspens covering the hills in the distance and nearby on the sides of the trail for some quick and easy access to some great leaf peeping, and fantastic in the summer as well with beautiful wildflowers.

Be prepared for a handful of muddy stream crossings along the way, but it is a very easy-to-follow trail that parallels the meandering East River.

The trail ends at a fence and an amazing view of the valley you just went along. Spend some time enjoying the view, and when you're ready, head back the way you came.

The total trail is 4.4 miles, round trip, with around 320' of elevation gain.

Flora & Fauna

Wide variety of wildflowers. You may encounter some mosquitoes, so bring spray.

Contacts

Shared By:

Michael Hunt with improvements by Stephen Cruser and 1 other

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  4.5 from 4 votes

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  4.5 from 4 votes
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Photos

East River paralleling the trail.
Oct 5, 2023 near Crested…, CO
Looking north with Teocalli in the distance.
Oct 5, 2023 near Crested…, CO
View of East River from Trail
Aug 14, 2019 near Crested…, CO
Cascade
Aug 14, 2019 near Crested…, CO
Flower Garden
Aug 14, 2019 near Crested…, CO
Fall color in full effect along the Brush Creek Trail.
Oct 5, 2023 near Crested…, CO

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