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Acorn Creek Trail #71

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 4.1 (8)

A secluded, escalating climb toward the Ute Peak Trail #24 through lots of aspen into Ptarmigan Peak Wilderness.


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3.3

Miles

5.3

KM

59%

Runnable

11,301' 3,444 m

High

8,663' 2,640 m

Low

2,638' 804 m

Up

0' 0 m

Down

15%

Avg Grade (9°)

62%

Max Grade (32°)

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Runner Notes

Tough but doable. Not many other trail users to worry about.

Description

This trail is a nice option not too far from Dillon and Silverthorne that doesn't seem to get the same crowds as similar trails across the valley in the Gore Range. With that in mind, some switchbacking sections toward the top are pretty steep and loose. The first half of the trail is fairly mellow with a sustained but gradual uphill grade. This makes for a great warm-up before the grades start to kick it up a notch the further east the trail gets.

Near the border with the Ptarmigan Peak Wilderness, the trail starts to climb more seriously, heading through expansive aspen groves.

At the top, and end of the trail, you can link up with the Ute Peak Trail #24, which is pretty tough to follow in places, but it's above treeline so you can mostly follow the ridge.

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Shared By:

Zander Göpfert

Trail Ratings

  4.1 from 8 votes

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  4.1 from 8 votes
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#683

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#8,181

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Photos

Heading down the Acorn Creek Trail with expansive views of the Gore Range to the west.
Jun 26, 2017 near Silvert…, CO
Gore Range from the saddle before you start up the last few switchbacks.
Oct 25, 2016 near Silvert…, CO
Views of the Gore Range start pretty quickly after you start climbing the trail.
Oct 25, 2016 near Silvert…, CO
Private home at the trailhead with a view of the Gore Range.
Oct 25, 2016 near Silvert…, CO
Heading up the trail.
Oct 25, 2016 near Silvert…, CO
Head east up the Acorn Creek Trail to views up toward the ridge objective. Colorado blue columbine dot the trail.
Jun 26, 2017 near Silvert…, CO

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