Date: June 5, 2020, 11AM Weather: Very sunny, few clouds, around 80° Have done this trail a few times before and have always enjoyed it! (BEAUTIFUL yellow aspens in the fall.) But we were worried about lingering snowpack and trail flooding because it's early June. BUT...trail was fine! A little but of streaming on the trail, and three small snowpacks that are easy to work around toward the top. Brought spikes, didn't need them. The trail is wide in most places, well maintained, and was lightly trafficked today. Beautiful river flowing beside us the whole time, and the lake is completely thawed. Park in the Public lots in Beaver Creek and head up Elk Track Road till it dead ends at a gate. That's where the trail begins, but you can't park any closer to the trailhead than that.

Trail has enough ups & downs to be uphill both ways- the larger uphill is on the way back. Google Fit measured it as 2.3 miles from the parking lot to the bridge & it took me 50 minutes each way. The only people I saw were 2 guys trail running while I was hiking back to my car. I started my hike after 5PM but still found it to be very warm & humid. As someone else said, the trail is narrow. One very small patch of mud. On my way to the bridge, some of the descents felt a little iffy because they've been smoothed down so much & there aren't any rocks left, so I'd recommend shoes with some grip to them. There were a lot of Aspen trees, so this hike is likely pretty in autumn.

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snow
5 days ago

Attempted to hike 5/30/20. Only made it one mile up because of trail conditions- there was still a significant amount of snow on the trail, soft enough to post hole, up past my knees often. When the trail wasn’t covered in snow, it was completely covered with running water. Mostly easily avoidable by stepping on rocks, but my feet definitely got wet. At times we went off trail to avoid walking through deeper areas. Decided to try again in a few weeks once things have melted a bit more. Seems like a beautiful trail though!

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flooded
icy
snow
6 days ago

Very early season conditions. Only made it one mile in until turning back due to knee deep + snow. Very moist! Creeks/rivers flowing over banks. Lots of ticks! Two of us found several ticks on ourselves after the hike. We checked each other thoroughly several times later that day just to be safe.

It was very quiet when we were on the trail today. If you haven’t hiked this trail before it’s a lot of ascending and descending.

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6 days ago

VERY crowded- people not wearing masks & trail is very narrow!

Trail is in great condition. No spring runoff damage or erosion. Our 3 boys (5,8,12) were entertained and enjoyed some time by the bridge and river having a snack. Youngest had no difficulty but was tired near the end. Light traffic for Saturday mid-morning.

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icy
muddy
11 days ago

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icy
rocky
snow
14 days ago

Beautiful hike! Definitely needed snowshoes/spikes the whole way and the trail is difficult to follow. We followed the trail on the app to point us in the right direction since there were no footprints or signs to follow. Round trip it was 8.4 miles (not 7) and was hard but view was beautiful! Snow the whole way and had steep rocks to hike over.

hiking
14 days ago

We really enjoyed this hike - single track through the woods with a balance of shady and sunny spots. The bridge was 2.7 miles in with my watch; for sure worth going all the way to the river. We went on Saturday of Memorial Day weekend and it was closer to high (vs moderate) traffic with lots of dogs. Muddy in just a few places. Lots of variety in the terrain, though a decent amount of uphill on the way back.

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18 days ago

Loved the hike! My two boys (7 and 13) along with my wife had a great time. We went in to the bridge - about 2.3 miles - and back out. Beautiful views, water features, and rock formations.

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bugs
18 days ago

This trail is beautiful. Many great views. Great Workout. Loved it!

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muddy
snow
18 days ago

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fee
snow
19 days ago

This hike is amazing! The majority of the trail is covered in snow, making snow shoes a necessity. The trail is very easy to follow, but not easy to find. My suggestion is to follow Elk Track Rd. from a parking garage in Beaver Creek. Currently, parking is free but this will change in the near future. I highly recommend hiking this trail as the views are absolutely incredible! The lake is gorgeous even when frozen over.

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20 days ago

If you do this trail, make sure you go all the way to the end. The creek with waterfalls and bridge are wonderful. Still a bit of snow and mud in places but easily passable. Hiking poles are very useful!

on East Lake Creek Trail

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snow
24 days ago

The trail had some snow here and there on the first third of the trail that was slightly difficult, but not impassible. Once you get past those patches of snow, the trail was soft and packed - easily walked. I read the reviews regarding the trail being steep, but did not find it difficult. My two dogs had no trouble. The views are spectacular and the trail ends at an awesome creek and bridge!

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closed
28 days ago

Homestake Rd closed about ~8 miles from trailhead. Assume COVID. Stay safe! Will return..

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icy
snow
1 month ago

Beautiful trail, but very steep and lots of snow once you get past the aspens. Will definitely come back later in the season

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icy
muddy
snow
1 month ago

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