Second Creek Trail is a 3 mile lightly trafficked out and back trail located near Winter Park, CO that features a river and is rated as moderate. The trail is primarily used for hiking, cross country skiing, and snowshoeing and is accessible year-round. Dogs are also able to use this trail.
cross country skiing
The trail begins at Second Creek Trailhead along Highway 40 into gentle climbing in the forested area along Second Creek before opening up to the north near treeline and ascending 800 vertical feet. At the top of the ridge you'll pass the old Second Creek Cabin A-frame, replaced by the newer Broome Hut. Dogs are not allowed at Broome Hut.
We hiked up Thanksgiving morning to the Broom hut with our puppy. Gators and crampons were nice to have! We packed in dinner and ate at the Broom hut which has a public day use section.
This trail is a definite favorite! We hiked this with our 8 year old twins and they made it like champs! I don't see how people go up so fast. We stopped for air several times but also because of how amazing the views were! The creek area is just gorgeous with the snow and icy patches. Broome hut is awesome and the view from the top is very beautiful. Very cold wind up there so pack a scarf, beanie, gloves if you hang out at the picnic table at the top. Worth it!
Whew, what a climb for this very overweight flatlander. Proud to have made it to the top in 1 hour 40 minutes with lots of breathing breaks. Only took us 40 minutes to get down. Lived every minute of it. Only wildlife we saw was a group of college boys headed up as we headed down.
For a person coming from the Southwest, this hike was not hard, but it was not easy. The challenge was the steady steepness of the trail - the majority of the hike was an incline, so it made the descent nice going down, but still can take a toll on the knees! This trail will get you huffing and puffing, and get your heart pumping big time, but the views are heavenly and majestic. I went Sept time, and there was only one other person, so I felt I had the mountains all to myself!!!! Breathtaking views. Even small patches of snow in certain spots...good to put in your Cantine or camelback!
Fun hike if you are looking for one to finish fast. Took it up to Vasquez peak and then explored on top for about another hour. Nice view of the continental divide. I was up and down in 3 1/2 hours
Hike up steep and rises fast and steady. Views are amazing on the way up and at the hut.
steep and rocky but stunning views
Beautiful quick but somewhat steep hike.
Beautiful views. Loved the running water and the hut was amazing.
summit views that you could stare at all day!
Awesome trail marked well
steep and rocky but beautiful hike. We had 7 & 5 year old girls and they were able to do it but it was not easy for them. Stunning views!
This was a great family hike with spectacular views.
An easy/moderate hike with awesome views. A nice cabin with a restroom and a picnic table outside to take a break and enjoy the scenery toward the top.
Nice and easy to moderate. Pretty gentle the whole way. Great hike for beginner hikers or people who may be afraid of heights but still want great mountain views. Keep going on the trail that starts behind the Broome Hut and go for just a few minutes and you end up in a beautiful alpine meadow with wildflowers, a gurgling mountain stream, & gorgeous views.
Sweet, quick trail. Me and my pups had a blast, especially the malamutes playing up in the snow. A little congested for a Monday, but at least the pups enjoyed the socialization for the first quarter mile. After the snow hut you can break away from the trail and meander your own path up the divide. I recommend this tactic, just make sure you don't miss the scenic lake by the trail!!!