Things To Do

This popular trail starts right in the Summit County town of Frisco and leads high into the Eagles Nest Wilderness, offering a nice day hike or the launching point for a longer backcountry adventure. Look for the trailhead on Main Street just north of the Interstate 70 interchange (exit 201). The trail climbs between Chief Mountain to the north and Wichita Mountain to the south and after about two miles enters the wilderness. Look for old (and maybe new?) beaver dams along Tenmile Creek as it flows through open meadows. The hike gets steeper as it switchbacks to a junction with the Gore Range Trail, which can be followed to the north to Eccles Pass or the south to Uneva Pass. If you can leave a shuttle car or arrange a pickup, several options exist to make this a longer, even multi-day adventure. Otherwise, return the way you came.

Pro Tips

  • For a longer day hike, leave a shuttle car at the trailhead located below the eastern off-ramp for Frisco (Interstate 70 exit 203) and after heading north on the Gore Range Trail take the Meadow Creek Trail back to town.
  • In winter, this is one of the easier and more easily accessed trails for snowshoeing in Summit County.
  • Backpackers can leave a shuttle car in east Vail and climb Eccles Pass and then Red Buffalo Pass and descend the Gore Creek drainage to Gore Lake, one of the prettiest lakes in Summit County.
  • The trail enters the Eagles Nest Wilderness, so no bikes or vehicles are allowed and dogs must be leashed.
  • Recommended season(s): Late spring – mid-fall for hiking, winter for snowshoeing.

    –R. Scott Rappold


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