Pitkin Creek Trail

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9.2 Miles 14.8 Kilometers

 

71% 

Runnable

100%

Singletrack

2,828' 862 m

Ascent

-2,827' -862 m

Descent

11,317' 3,449 m

High

8,489' 2,587 m

Low

12%

Avg Grade (7°)

33%

Max Grade (18°)

Unknown

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Alpine meadows lead to Pitkin Lake nestled in the craggy Gore Range.

Nick Wilder

Overview

The north side of the Vail valley is blessed with several steep but rewarding trails leading all they way from the valley to the high alpine. This one is a little longer than it's neighbors, perhaps a little less steep, and just as spectacular. It is less crowded than Booth Creek, and a good option if you want a little more solitude.
Features: Fall Colors — Lake — River/Creek — Views — Waterfall — Wildflowers
Dogs: Leashed

Description

The first half mile of trail is the steepest - don't get discouraged right off the bat. It starts in a dense aspen grove; a great place to enjoy the colors if you do it in the fall. Over the next couple miles, you'll pass through grassy meadows, stands of lodgepole pine (many are dead from the pine bark beetle epidemic), and get close to the creek a few times.

At about 2.5 miles - halfway to the top - you'll get a good view of Pitkin Falls. Enjoy the view and get ready for several more bench sections that have alternating steep climbs and then beautiful meadows that will be filled with wildflowers in July and August.

Break out of treeline just as you reach Pitkin Lake at 11,360'.

Your return journey will be equally as spectacular, as you'll have views all they way down the narrow drainage that you've ascended, and beyond.

Flora & Fauna

The fishing is reputed to be quite good here.

History & Background

If you look carefully, you'll see the remnants of several glacier moraines that result from the retreat of glaciers that sculpted this valley long ago.

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