East Creek and Gift Creek Trail is a 14.9 mile lightly trafficked out and back trail located near Carbondale, Colorado that offers the chance to see wildlife and is rated as difficult. The trail is primarily used for hiking, walking, nature trips, and birding and is accessible from March until October.
Directions from Carbondale: Travel south on Hwy. 133 for 17 miles past Carbondale to Redstone. Drive through Redstone to the north edge of town, and take the 4WD road to the east beside the last house on the right side. If you don't have a four wheel drive you must park here and walk the extra half mile to the trailhead.
Access to trail head is poor. Have to hike up a utility road for about a mile. Trail itself was hard but incredible views of the canyon walls. Improve access road so more visitors can park at trailhead.
East creek awesome, gift creek bad, use avalanche creek trailhead to access upper avalanche creek
Steep climb most of the way with a meadow clearing about ⅓ of the way. The first part of the trail follows the creek and you get to see a few small waterfalls. Very beautiful hike! At the top you arrive at Lily Lake and can see Maroon Bells from there.