Staunton SP

Staunton SP

Saturday, October 12, 2013

Indian Creek Trail

Indian Creek Trail
Pike National Forest

Date Hiked: Oct. 12, 2013

Distance: 2.5 mi (RT) can be longer
Elevation Gain: 586ft
Elevation Min/Max: 7,081 to 7,473ft
Managing Agency: U.S. Forest Service
Fee: Yes

U.S. Forest Service Website for Indian Creek Trail
Indian Creek Trail Map (Google Maps)

Directions:  From Sedalia, follow Jarre Canyon Road (67) west.  Pass the turnoff for Rampart Range Road and not much further turn right into the Bear Creek Campground.  There is a fee to park here.  From the west end of the parking lot take the dirt road next to the bathroom until the road ends and the trail begins.  There is a sign at the start of the single track trail.

This trail is beautiful in the fall.  It descends steadily through aspen and evergreen forest until it reached Bear Creek at about the 1.25 mile mark.  Cross bear creek and you enter an open meadow.  This is a good spot to stop if you just want a quick fall hike (or if your wife is 8 months pregnant, as was the case when we hiked here).  The trail continues on and eventually reaches the Colorado Trail at the end of Waterton Canyon or can connect to Roxborough State Park (remember, I said eventually...).  Even if the meadow is your destination this is a perfect short hike through beautiful forest with abundant fall foliage.

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