Deep Creek to Indian Creek Trail Loop
ElevationAscent: 2,136' 651 m
Descent: -2,153' -656 m
High: 3,362' 1,025 m
Low: 1,822' 555 m
GradeAvg Grade: 5% (3°)
Max Grade: 26% (14°)
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“This loop takes you along the scenic Deep Creek Trail and Indian Creek Trails.”— brad w
The second day has the hardest part of the route. Head towards Site 57. Once there, turn right, and begin your ascent. This climb took my group about 1.5 hours at a fast pace. Others said it took them as long as 5 hours. It is very steep here, so take your time. Once you reach the summit, there will be signs pointing you towards Indian Creek Trail. Take a photo here and enjoy having completed the difficult climb. Take your time as you go about 1.5 miles downhill until you reach Site 46. You'll know you are close when you see a set of two small bridges in quick succession. Site 46 is slightly hidden up through some brush.
The last day is all downhill or flat ground. You'll cross over several bridges and eventually reach Indian Creek. You cannot miss it. This creek is much larger than any you have seen yet. If you plan to fish the creek, be sure to wake early to beat the tubers to the water. Follow the signs to return to the Deep Creek Parking Lot.
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