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This by far has to be one of my favorite trails lots of great views and the further you go the better. It gets really rough which is what I like I actually fell on my face lol. Great water crossings and even a small waterfall about 5 miles in. We got a late start so we didn’t get as far as we wanted to but we’re definitely going back.

Not sure how to rate this trail because of the different segments. We did it 5/12-13/2018. Very minimal snow on trail. It is a difficult loop. If the elevation changes were better detailed, one would be better mentally prepared for the trip. Incredible scenery is all over this hike. Great and reliable water supply is available through almost all of the trip. This would be a great three day loop, especially if you are going clockwise on this loop.

We tried to enter the loop at the Lost Park trailhead; however, the gate at the Long Gulch trailhead (9 miles away) was closed. Instead of walking 9 miles down the road, we chose to enter at Ute Creek trailhead off of Tarryall Road. This makes the loop 9 miles longer. 4 1/2 miles up to Brookside-McCurdy. We did the loop counterclockwise and are thankful we did. From the Ute Creek trailhead, this hike is a steep and long climb to the Bison Peak saddle. We had two days to do the loop, so we were pushing to try and get to water along the Goose Greek Trail. We did not make it to water and had a dry camp. We barely made it to the intersection of Goose Creek and McCurdy Park Trail. (18+ miles). The map on AllTrails shows the total elevation loss, but not all of the up and down on the trail., especially on the McCurdy Park trail. (AMAZING ROCK FORMATIONS ALONG THIS PORTION OF THE TRAIL). You will work getting to Goose Creek intersection. If you were doing this loop in a clockwise direction, the Mc Curry Park trail will be incredibly difficult. It has significant climb.

The second day, although longer (21+) was much easier hiking. The meadows were beautiful. We were hoping to see more wildlife than we did, but the scenery was great. Lots of water and great campsites along the Wigwam trail. Hard to believe there are such large open spaces in the Rockies like this meadow (8 miles long). Turning south and heading back up the Brookside-McCurdy Trail was a nice gradual climb to the intersection with the Ute Creek trail. The long, steep downhill was really tough on the legs at the end is such a long day.

Scenically, this loop is worthy of five stars. I don’t think I will do this loop again, but only because there are too many other places to backpack.

Nice drive-in to this hike - managed the drive fairly easily without 4-wheel drive, though I imagine it would be necessary in the colder months when the road is in worse shape. The hike itself was beautiful with multiple river crossings. The All-trails rating is “hard” but this was an easy-to-moderate hike for most experienced hikers. The trail continues past the all trails map for at least another 2-3 miles where it gets quite a bit steeper and may cross into the moderate/hard range. Could not follow the trail to the end because it started to get fairly icy with packed down snow near the top. Follow the all trails route for an easier, albeit slightly lengthy, and picturesque hike. Continue on for a more challenging and steeper grade and some more nice views.

Fantastic, easy trail! We only passed a few water trails but the viewpoint a few miles in is beautiful.

This place is beautiful! Ideal forest hike w/several small streams to cross. we went well further than we were to, and things only get more beautiful the farther you go. Trail is in really great shape. Some snowy patches up high, but again - we figured out we'd gone too far. About 10mi - this place just got away from us.

This trail was an experience!! Our group backpacked through here for 3 days and loved it. It was the most challenging trail I've done personally but was easily the most rewarding. After each trial you seem to be rewarded with dream-like views. Highly recommended!

bit cold this morning. here to video sunrise. awesome!

Just a forest walk. The trail just keeps going up. No variety and easy to get lost at switchbacks as the trail is not well marked at all.

Great backpacking route, I soloed it in 2 days, camped around mile 13 at the black rock spot and had the place all to myself. Refrigerator gulch is pretty and amazing in the fall, the rocks are huge and fun looking. Saw black bears and a hawk hunting, super windy but a great trek! Very minimum snow on trail, didn’t use microspikes at all

7 months ago

I only did the first 5 miles up passed Wigwam park and through the aspens groves but it was beautiful. My kind of hike... a lovely walk in the woods, following a creek with beautiful valley views. Nice break from the rocky peaks of 13/14ers.

Such a beautiful hike!!

Started at Goose Creek going counter clockwise. Bison Peak was breathtaking. We were lucky enough to see a moose along the hike.

Started at noon on Friday. Sunny and warm. Lots of beautiful wildflowers and hummingbirds zipping around. Easy hiking, wide trail. There were a couple of great spots to take in the views and take pictures. We stopped at 2 to wait out some rain and eat lunch. After an hour, the rain wasn't stopping so we resumed our hike. At about mile 3 - 3.5 (which we figured out later was the end of the rolling creek trail according to the map) hiking became more difficult. The grade increased drastically, lots of rock steps and stream crossings (we counted 7-8 total). Some of the crossings were logs and some were rock hopping. The rain made everything pretty slick, our progress slowed significantly. The rain and mist gave everything a primordial feel. Lots of moss, lichens, ferns, mushrooms, flowers, and a couple underground streams. We made camp at 10,300' right before 6pm. Found a great spot near the top of the ridge. With lots of moss covered boulders and trees. The rain continued on and off during the night. Our hike out took about 1/2 the time (approx 3+ hours) in the rain. Definitely an awesome overnight backpacking trip. Ours was 10 miles round trip. Rain gear is a must and hiking poles would have been a good idea.

beautiful, magestic hike. starts off fairly easy and the higher you go, the more difficult the climb. Lots of large beautiful boulders and stones near the river.

trail follows closely to river and is well marked and maintained.

definitely recommend it!

9 months ago

Loved this loop. My wife and I got in late Friday and hiked a few miles along the Wigwam. The next day we woke up to some light rain that persisted most of the day so we didn't get the miles in that we had hoped and camped around the Gulch which made the third day fairly exhausting, but still thoroughly enjoyable. Bison's Peak was gorgeous---that entire part of the trail was by far our favorite---saw a few Moose on our way up to the pass. I would definitely do this loop again. Advice: keep an eye out for cairns when in the Gulch area as there are a ton of side trails that lead to camp sites.

10 months ago

Did this hike late summer last year. Took it clockwise. Got a little ways down the false "unmaintained" trail at mile 3, figured out this probably wasn't the goose creek trail then spent about 45 minutes looking for where the trail split. As I was sitting looking at the map, a girl came up and managed to convince me that we were at goose creek already. So I committed and took the fake trail. As I went I became more and more convinced it was wrong, but I was having so much fun rock hopping I decided to keep going. Denise's description below is apt though. Some big rocks to jump down and around, and 127 hours was in my head big time especially since I wasn't on the trail I was supposed to be on. Also, don't trust the rope and the creek crossing. I totally fell in and got soaked.

Anyway, I camped night 1 in the gulch right where the river disappears. Day 2 I decided to go back around to see where I'd missed the trail split. So I took the real trail this time and found where I'd gone wrong. Coming from the Lost Park trail head, it splits towards a giant rock in the meadow. Day 1, I thought it was just a social trail to climb up on the rock. Come to find out this is the real trail. There was also a log with an arrow pointing left that someone had tossed out of the trail into the tall grass. Moral of the story, turn left at the rock unless you really want an adventure. I don't personally think you'd be missing much to cut off the right half of the trail anyway.

Loved the wigwam trail though, and refrigerator gulch is rad. Going back next week to see the bison peak / McCurdy mountain part

10 months ago

Very pretty but--So. Many. Gun hobbyists. We passed more than one person on the trail who adhered to extreme open carry. We heard gunshots often. Given the fire risk, and the winding trails, it was really disconcerting.

We'll probably hike this trail again. I interviewed the family and the consensus was a "4" rating because the kids didn't 'want' to hike and my husband requested facilities at/near the trailhead.
It was beautiful and serene, mostly rolling hills until we reached the boulders. Not trusting my dog to stay with us (terriers!) he was pulling us up and we slowed him down.
Very nice to have a lightly trafficked trail. Quiet except for the echo of gunshots from the nearby shooting range for the first mile or so.

Super fun backpacking trip! Day 1 was fairly easy but we got a late start and camped at mile 9. Day 2 was definitely harder but we stopped at an absolutely beautiful cave w water running thru it and then took at wrong turn around mile 14 (directly across a fairly wide creek crossing) which went up a super sketch trail to a box canyon. Note to self - do not follow the hiker in front of you who doesn't have this app. If you do this part of the hike - ditch your packs as some of it was actually terrifying taking packs off to get around rocks, one false step and bye bye down into the canyon, and grabbing onto tree roots or anything you could find to pull yourself back up. Not advised but a sight to be seen for the daring and nimble none-the-less. With the 1.5 mile detour included we camped at the bottom of the meadow at mile 18 night two. Day three we woke up at 5am, left around 7 or so and finished the hike by 1:30-2. Once you get to the summit - it's a really nice finish. Loved this hike and would do it again minus the detour...thanks AllTrails for helping us get back on track! And for showing us there's no water after about true mile 18 until you're well on your way down again. First time I've used this app and LOVE IT!!!! Just make sure you connect to AllTrails and go into record mode while you still have wifi or I couldn't get it to connect. There's really no service anywhere near the trail....

10 months ago

Beautiful, lonely hike.

Day 1 from TH to Refrigerator Gulch was fairly straight-forward, 12 miles, mild elevation towards the end before a quick descent down into the gulch. The campsite at the gulch itself is fine. It's not the best one along the track, but it works well for the end of a day's walk.

Day 2 from Refrigerator Gulch to Bisons Peak is pretty brutal. You'll embark on a series of ups/downs into other gulches (with campsites far nicer the RG, if you can make it there), followed by a long, arduous ascent of just over 3000 feet, totalling 10 miles for the day. The last 4 miles across to the peak is dry and barren, so make sure your water is full well in advance.

It all becomes worth it to camp on Bisons Peak. Sunset over the Rockies to the west; sunrise over the enormous boulders; views down to Pike's Peak. It's stunning, but also eerily lonesome when you realize that you have the entire summit plateau to yourself. It's just you and the rocks for the night.

Day 3 is an easy 6 mile walk off the summit and down a valley back to the TH.

IF I were to do it again, I would definitely change the direction and take it counter-clockwise. The ascent up the valley to the peak (Day 1) would be far kinder, followed by a long descent down into the gulches (Day 2), and then a short, sharp climb out of the gulches and a long walk home (Day 3).

I'd give this 5/5, except Day 2 was just rude.

10 months ago

Unbelievable hike. A serenity and peacefulness that gets lost on 14er trails abounds here. The ascents and descents are no easy task, but the breathtaking views make every second worth it. Spent 3 days backpacking this loop. Probably my favorite hike I've done to date.

Rolling Creek Trail is a forest hike. Not very crowded on a Sunday (good thing). Close to Denver. Turn left off of Highway 285 (Hampden) when you see the Rustic Tavern Restaurant. Then go about 7.8 miles to trailhead. NO RESTROOMS AT TRAILHEAD. SUMMARY: Two stream crossings and great mountain vistas after about one mile.

First 2 miles are nice then it is a all uphill grind. Saw a big bear 200 lb+ bear at the very top. No views, just a great stairclimber got 2995' vertical on this one.

11 months ago

Backpacked this over the weekend and there was some awesome views, but it definitely kicks your butt. Lots of ups and downs that will give you a solid workout. Didn't run into any snow and plenty of places to fill up on water from the creek.

Great trail and scenery through out. There was a decent number of people, but never in the same spot to feel congested. Do not let the 7.1 round trip fool you. From the trailhead to WigWam trail intersect is 6.4 miles. The first part of Rolling creek is easy to moderate, with a majority of it going down into the drainage. Once you start going up the other side of the drainage be prepared for a long hard push. There are no solid campsites until you get to the saddle. I would estimate from the trailhead to the saddle is 5miles. Great hike the 7.1 miles total rip is misleading. Enjoy!

First backpacking overnight trip with my daughter. Camped south of rolling creek after the crossing. Was a great hike. Plenty of water to refill with, so would carry a little less from the start next time. Would like to make it up to the meadows next time.

11 months ago

Hiked up and camped by the beaver ponds. A few fallen trees along the trail but nothing that can't be navigated. Fishing the ponds was good, nice brook trout. Moose were out in the mornings and evenings.

Wish the trails were better marked.

Monday, May 08, 2017

Last summer we hiked this trail as the first ever backpacking trip for one of the ladies in our party. We shuttled from Wigwam trail and came out on Goose Creek Trail. Setting up the cars for the shuttle took some time but was well worth it, as our party did not have the time to do the full loop. I will be bringing back my girls as the beginning of the hike would make a great first backpacking trip.

Wednesday, May 03, 2017

This hike rocked! Such a cool landscape with lots of pine stands to walk through. Thick and thin pine and spruce stands, a decent off the trail scramble, and a soft ascent over a hill at the end. Is a decently leisurely hike that doesn't involve a whole lot of fitness. Was rather snowy at the top but didn't let that stop me!

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