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South Boulder Creek Trail

Intermediate/Difficult
 4.3 (11)

A relatively quiet trail, South Boulder Creek is an epic journey to the CDT.


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Map Key

5.0

Miles

8.0

KM

75%

Runnable

11,896' 3,626 m

High

9,211' 2,807 m

Low

2,762' 842 m

Up

78' 24 m

Down

11%

Avg Grade (6°)

41%

Max Grade (22°)

Dogs Leashed

Features River/Creek · Wildlife

Campfires are note allowed. Permits are not required for overnight stays inside the James Peak Wilderness. However, other wilderness regulations apply. Access to the East Portal TH is available year round.

Runner Notes

The first 3.5 miles of this trail a very runnable, just watch out for errant roots. After that distance, there are two insanely steep pitches better suited to fast walking than running.

Description

From the northwest corner of the parking area, continue for 1.2 miles on the South Boulder Creek Trail #900 to the signed Forest Lakes Trail junction. Continue straight on the South Boulder Creek Trail. The Crater Lakes Trail turns right (north) off the South Boulder Creek Trail at the junction sign. Again, continue straight on the South Boulder Creek Trail.

The trail leaves the creek for a time then returns, climbs, and crosses the South Boulder Creek at several points before leveling off near Rogers Pass Lake. An obvious path leads beyond this lake to a saddle. From here, both Rogers Pass Lake and Heart Lake are visible. The South Boulder Creek Trail climbs steeply up several switchbacks to Rogers Pass. Adventurous runners can turn south for a climb up James Peak or north, along the Continental Divide Trail to Rollins Pass.

From Rollins Pass, runners can loop back to East Portal Trailhead by continuing easterly along the road and traversing the blocked Needles Eye Tunnel. Once over the tunnel and back onto the road, travel south to the upper Forest Lakes Trailhead. The Forest Lakes Trail connects back to the East Portal Trailhead.

Flora & Fauna

You're likely to see a moose here.

Contacts

Shared By:

Tom Robson with improvements by Mima Marchy

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  4.3 from 11 votes

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Photos

Rogers Pass Lake
Aug 30, 2020 near Winter…, CO
Wildflowers near Rogers Pass Lake
Aug 30, 2020 near Winter…, CO
Northern view from Rogers Pass
Jul 6, 2018 near Winter…, CO
Upper Forest Lake in October.
Oct 17, 2016 near Winter…, CO
Rogers Peak Lake
Jul 6, 2018 near Winter…, CO
Bridge Crossing
Aug 30, 2020 near Winter…, CO

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