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Snowshoe Meadow Creek Trail

  • Apr 6, 2013 · 8:00 AM
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Meadow Creek Trail

Distance: ~8-9 miles RT

Elevation gain: ~2300'

Difficulty Level: Moderate, not for beginners

 

Carpool Location:

8:00 is the Carpool time, NOT the Trailhead time!!

For those interested in carpooling from Denver, I suggest meeting at the Wooly Mammoth Park-n-Ride (Section DD) in Morrison at 7:45 and leaving no later than 8:00. I will not be at the carpool location, but will meet attendees at the trailhead.  We will leave the trailhead by 9:15.  Please comment with your RSVP if you plan to meet at the carpool.

 

Directions to Trailhead:

From Denver, take I-70 to Frisco and exit #203. Take CR 1231, which parallels 70 on the north side, for just over a half mile.

 

Trail Description:

The Meadow Creek Trail winds through an aspen-pine forest to the Lily Pad Lake Trail split and bends northeast (.57 miles : 9,560'). It widens on a variously soft and rocky path through columns of lodgepole to Meadow Creek (1.35 miles : 10,036'), resuming a methodical climb once across.

At 2.5 miles (10,764') the trail narrows in a transitional forest where lodgepole give way to spruce and fir in the high subalpine. The forest briefly opens with a glimpse of the upper valley (2.65 miles : 10,835'), and presses steeply to a crest over the first of three large meadows (2.95 miles : 10,988').

The trail drops and undulates ruggedly up the wooded south edge of the first and smallest meadow, crossing Meadow Creek once on a makeshift bridge. Large side pools in the vicinity are particularly good for angling.

The thinning forest breaks on the edge of a second, much larger meadow with a revealing look at the entire upper valley (3.6 miles : 11,128'). Chief Mountain (11,377') stands prominently to the south, and Eccles Pass can now be seen to the northwest.

The trail levels into the third and largest meadow (3.95 miles : 11,235'), which leads back over Meadow Creek (4.15 miles : 11,305').

The path is intuitively followed to the Meadow Creek - Gore Range Trail junction (4.45 miles : 11,422'), with Eccles Pass clearly visible in the northwest corner of the valley.

 

Apres Hike:

Dillon Dam Brewery

100 Little Dam Street, Dillon, CO  80435

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www.dambrewery.com

 

Extras:

Dogs allowed, but must MUST be leashed at all times per wilderness area regulations.

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  • Krista

    Awesome weekend in Frisco.. This was a great hike and beautiful day! :)

    April 7, 2013

  • Ed W.

    The weather was excellent, the snow conditions better than expected. As always, great hike with nice group.

    April 7, 2013

  • Richard B.

    I'm at pnr

    April 6, 2013

    • Ed W.

      I am at section DD

      April 6, 2013

    • Ed W.

      Where r u Rochard?

      April 6, 2013

  • Jen

    Ed, Richard, Lisa, Anne- Will all of you be meeting at the PNR?

    April 4, 2013

    • Richard B.

      Me as we'll

      April 4, 2013

    • A former member
      A former member

      Yes, I'll be at the PnR. People can ride up with me but I'm planning to spend the night with family in Summit County so I won't be able to give rides back.

      April 5, 2013

  • Joe L.

    Already doing another hike -- y'all have fun!

    April 5, 2013

  • Chris

    Sorry I have a friends coming in from out of town!

    April 2, 2013

  • Don B.

    Canyoneering in UT. Have a great day

    April 2, 2013

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  • Jen
    Photog,
    Event Host
  • Bryce
    DingDang, Assistant Organizer,
    Event Host
  • Evelyn
    Miles of Smiles
  • Richard B.
    He Who Dances with the King
  • Krista
    HardKore
  • Ed W.
    Sir Hikes-a-Lot, Assistant Organizer
  • A former member

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