Upper Piney River Trail
ElevationAscent: 845' 258 m
Descent: -846' -258 m
High: 9,906' 3,019 m
Low: 9,362' 2,853 m
GradeAvg Grade: 5% (3°)
Max Grade: 46% (25°)
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“A superbly scenic and relatively easy alpine run near a lake and river.”— Megan W
After entering the first of the small aspen groves, the incline steepens as the trail begins to climb the base of the hillside. Negotiate a few switchbacks and use log planks to cross burbling streams. Enjoy good views across the valley at the craggy rock faces. Enter a few stretches of deep shady evergreen forest and then pop out for good views of the rugged Gore Range.
Eventually, you'll reach the cataracts, or cascades that rush between a narrow rock chasm. The sunny smooth rocks near here make a great picnic spot. Most people make this their turn-around point, but you can keep running along Piney River to Upper Piney Lake, or over West Booth Pass and connect with the Booth Creek Trail. The trail gets much rougher and more difficult beyond the cascade.
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Land Manager: USFS - White River - Eagle-Holy Cross Ranger District