Bighorn Creek Trail

MODERATE 25 reviews
#16 of 164 trails in

Bighorn Creek Trail is a 6.4 mile moderately trafficked out and back trail located near Vail, CO that features a river and is rated as moderate. The trail offers a number of activity options and is accessible from March until September. Dogs are also able to use this trail but must be kept on leash.

6.4 miles 2321 feet Out & Back

dogs on leash

birding

camping

hiking

nature trips

walking

forest

river

views

wild flowers

wildlife

Exit I-70 at the easternmost exit (180) and take an immediate left onto Big Horn Road to go under I-70. Follow Big Horn Road back east for less than a mile to Columbine Drive. Take a left on Columbine Drive and go back under I-70 and up the hill a couple hundred yards. Youll find a small parking lot on the left side of the street and youre all set to go.

hiking
1 month ago

This is one tough hike. The cabin at the end is cool and there is shade and a stream there, but it doesn't have the pay off of finishing a hike by the lake. The climb from the start is fairly steep. As with most of the other East Vail hikes, there are several small streams you'll cross and lots of photo ops. This was a long day (it was warm out). Felt like forever but was only about 5.5 hours. Not my favorite hike but worth doing once.

2 months ago

hiking
2 months ago

hiking
2 months ago

Beautiful! Uphill most of the hike so be prepared to work for it!

hiking
2 months ago

Has a steep pitch at first, then evens out into a really lovely aspen grove--I'd definitely seek it this trail again!

2 months ago

It's a nice trail but not 6.4 miles. More like 10 total. 5 up and 5 back. Saw 4 people on the trail on sept 10 so not heavy traffic. Very pretty tho with a couple rock fields.

hiking
3 months ago

Beautiful!!

4 months ago

hiking
4 months ago

This is a massively underrated trail. While there aren't any major "destinations" this trail is a consistently beautiful trek through beauty on all sides. From the stunning views of the peaks, to the gorgeous aspen groves, to the blooming wild flowers, to the running creek. This trail is loaded with scenery and is a great mix of difficult and forgiving terrain.

walking
4 months ago

A trail with very little reward. Steep. Lots of gravel for poor footing.

hiking
5 months ago

Great hike. Steep for the first 15 minutes, then it levels off with some good sections of uphill hiking from time to time. At times a little more than moderate.

5 months ago

Great trail! Hiked out so its easy to follow. Great areas by the creek to hang and relax. Beautiful

backpacking
5 months ago

Awesome trail with few people generally. Hiked to the cabin at the top of the trail in the basin and then camped out overnight. Woke up at 2 AM and began the ascent of the Grand Traverse with crampons and an ice axe. Summited the peak sometime after day break. Not too steep but there is a little scrambling on rock at the top. Coming down was a blast. Glasaded the top part and down climbed a few cliffs. Grand Traverse looks really steep from town of Vail but its not that bad once you get on it.

5 months ago

Every part was gorgeous. Challenging parts but balanced nicely. Bring a snack and sunscreen!

hiking
5 months ago

Beautiful! The trail was lush, and filled with wild flowers, aspen groves, rivers and streams, and beautiful views if you make it to the top. Definitely a workout, too! :)

hiking
6 months ago

Just walked it today. Great hike! A fun snow field along the way to hike through too!

hiking
1 year ago

Beautiful hike. Went late afternoon on a Sunday and not many people were there- it was almost a little eerie. Gorgeous open areas and views. Saw a snake, creepy cabin. All in all, a good one to complete! Note: Trail continues past the cabin but I turned around and went the way I came up. Not sure where the trail goes past the cabin.

1 year ago

Very nice , we were the only ones on the trail. Fortunately we had rain gear with us as we got caught up in a heavy rain storm above the talus, but able wait it out under the thick pines. Nice spot about 2 miles around the creek; saw the falls from afar further up. Didn't make it to the cabin.

1 year ago

Really nice find in East Vail. Follow directions poster in review below, as AllTrails is a bit off.

Important: when you start the trail you'll take an immediate left and start climbing. It looks like you should continue straight but that is not the trail.

It's a decent, steady climb to start but then evens out for a nice, easy and beautiful hike. A couple side trials cut down to the river - highly recommend!

hiking
1 year ago

Fun! Easy. Not too crowded