Tanglewood Trail #636
ElevationAscent: 2,071' 631 m
Descent: 0' 0 m
High: 11,928' 3,636 m
Low: 9,857' 3,004 m
GradeAvg Grade: 14% (8°)
Max Grade: 25% (14°)
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“A steady climb through aspen and pine forests along Tanglewood Creek.”— Kristen Arendt
The trail starts on a wide, mellow, well-maintained trail through a large ponderosa and spruce forest. Here, Deer Creek meanders through the shade, and you'll have the chance to see a variety of ferns and wildflowers along the banks of the creek and on the nearby hillsides. After crossing Deer Creek on a narrow log bridge, you'll run alongside Tanglewood Creek which you follow for approximately two miles (and cross several times).
The trail continues to climb and you'll head through several aspen stands and small meadows that are filled with wildflowers during the spring and summer months.
As you follow the creek drainage up, you'll notice that the trail starts getting much rockier and steeper as you start to climb in earnest. The rocky sections of the trail can be a bit tricky especially in the spring if there is any run-off, as the rocks are slippery when wet.
The last mile of the trail is definitely worth the effort you put in earlier as the forest, which up to this point has blocked your views, opens up and you'll be running through meadows with stunted pines, gnarled stumps, and many wildflowers in season. The trail smooths out and you can start enjoying views of the surrounding peaks while continuing your climb to the saddle.
The trail ends at the top of the saddle between Rosalie Peak and Rosedale Peak, with great 360-degree views of Bandit Peak, Royal Mountain, Mount Logan, and the green forests, streams, and lakes to the north in the Mount Evans Wilderness.
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