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Acorn Creek Loop is a 4.7 mile moderately trafficked loop trail located near Silverthorne, Colorado that features a river and is rated as moderate. The trail is primarily used for hiking and is best used from May until October.

Length 4.7 mi Elevation gain 1,000 ft Route type Loop
Hiking Forest River Views Wild flowers Wildlife Bugs
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    39.75028, -106.10259

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Jon Hill
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Good views of the Gore range. Plenty of parking. 9/18 Friday. Some Aspen are starting to change. The horse poop is either avoidable or dry.

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Andy Killebrew
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Chad Spandet
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HikingMuddyOver grown

Decent forest hike but very little payoff. I would highly recommend wearing pants as the trail is super tight for the vast majority of the way. Definitely go right instead of where the sign tells you to go left. This is an easy hike if you are in decent shape as there is not a ton of climbing. The biggest drawback was giant piles of horse poop seemingly everywhere on the trail (trail is so narrow makes it a pain to try and avoid). About 5 miles from your car in the lot and back. Probably my least favorite hike we have done in the Summit county area.

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Chad Spandet
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David Marshall
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Not many great views, and really sharp sage brush scratches you up the whole decent

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Susie Schneider
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Fantastic views! Like other reviews said, when you reach the arrow, proceed to the right. Do not follow the arrow. From there, take the trail in the clockwise direction. We hit the trail midweek so it was pretty quiet. We ran into a few deer and heard some other animals in the trees—it was a good reminder to make a little noise so that your presence is known. The views on the second half of the hike were simply outstanding. Highly recommend.

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Erin Glover
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HikingBugsGreat!

This trail is gorgeous but is not easy. It’s a 2 to 2 1/2 mile climb. The trail itself is through the trees most of the way—so magical and the smells were amazing. You cross the creek three times. The top is spectacular. The view of the gore range can’t be beat. The end goes through a meadow of wild flowers. As other reviewers have said, do not follow the arrow at the beginning of the trail. Instead, go right and follow the trail clockwise to appreciate the views. I stopped for photos and a two minute rest break and it took two hours and fifteen minutes. I passed only one group that was going up when I was almost finished. I started at 6:45 with one other hiker. By the time. I returned, there were six cars. So it’s not heavily traveled. I’d do it again.

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Patrick Ryan
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Slow incline clockwise around the loop. Lots of wild flowers and old growth aspen groves. Beautiful view of gore Range. Good hike for visitors or beginners.

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Brian Smith
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Great view of 10 mile range. Easy hike for kids. Beautiful aspen groves.

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Jon Hill
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Great views. The previous reviews were correct, ignore the first arrow pointing left and bear right. Go clockwise on the loop.

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Matt Felder
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Be careful to NOT follow the first arrow sign to the left on the trail as that is NOT the loop trail. I agree with earlier poster that it is best to go clockwise on the loop. Was a very nice trail with only a few hikers on it.

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Carrie Klein
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What a beautiful meander through several different landscapes! I am a 50-something urbanite just starting to hike and found this trail a real pleasure. Definitely go RIGHT at the arrow (the arrow points to the left and is for a longer, steeper trail) and then follow the trail CLOCKWISE because otherwise you'll have the gorgeous mountains at your back most of the time they're visible. We found the water easy to cross but were glad to have pants, as there are definitely slightly overgrown spots and some prickly plants. Lots of shade in the first half but lots of sun in the second half. We went on a Monday morning and encountered only one other group the whole time. I know I'm new to this but I would rate this trail easy plus or moderate, as there are a few spots where the elevation rise was challenging for me.

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Sean Francisco
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Beautiful trail! Tons of wildflowers in bloom right now! There are some pretty dope views of the Gore Range as well.

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Kim W User
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Wildflowers are everywhere on 7/11/2020 and hardly anyone on the trail even on a Saturday. Clockwise is the way to go -shaded on the way up and great views on the way down. There are a couple of intersections where you may want to use your GPS all trails map to determine which way to go as the trail is not marked. Long pants are best because the trail is overgrown in places.

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Mikhaila c
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HikingBridge outBugsOver grown

Quiet, easy trail, great wildflowers. Horseflies were biting, stream crossings were easy with waterproof boots but otherwise you will probably get your feet a little wet, logs are not stable, maybe bring extra socks? Definitely go right at the arrow sign, do not follow the arrow. This trail is not on the map at the trailhead and you have to go right to get to this trail even though the arrow points left, that is for a different trail.

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Julie Mitchell
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HikingBugs

Great hike. Glad we went clockwise. The last portion has little shade. Wildflowers were gorgeous. Feet got just a little wet crossing the creek. Trail is easy to walk on, very few rocks etc. However because of the elevation gain I would consider this Moderate rather then Easy.

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Debbie Slavinski
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Gorgeous loop trail covered in a wide variety of wildflowers... Columbine, Scarlett Gilia, Mules Ear, Mariposa Lily, Paintbrush, Monument Plant and more! Beautiful vistas of the Gore Range! Glad we hiked it counter clockwise.

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Katie Lewis
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Beautiful hike! Lots of wild flowers including Columbine. Not much traffic, and the trail is well kept. As others have said, make sure you turn right instead of following to arrow to hike the loop. I loved crossing the three streams!

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Lizzie Bartholomew
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HikingOver grown

there was a lot of horse poop on the trail. at the beginning there’s an arrow pointing to the left but the trail for the loop is to the right. definitely would recommend wearing pants, the trail is very overgrown in some spots and if you wear shorts you’re going to get scratched by branches. i went clockwise around the loop which might’ve been slightly more difficult, there were two or three spots of pretty steep uphill (the rest was pretty steady) but i’d definitely recommend going this way because of the overlook. when you get there, you’re walking and then trees open up and all of a sudden BOOM MOUNTAINS. really beautiful i loved it

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Jason Ardell
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Watch out for horse poop, and wear long pants to avoid getting stuck with a few briars. Creek crossings were all easy.

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Donna Clark
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HikingBlowdownGreat!

This is a favorite local trail that a lot of us use many times a year. There are three stream crossings to be exact and all are pretty easy to cross if you don't mind getting your feet or boots a little wet, however they are more full with run off early on. I would not recommend all the logs because they are loose or slippery. The wildflowers are always outstanding, especially the lupine at the beginning (except this year). You go through all different kinds of forests (healthy ones!), sage fields, wildflower meadows, creeks, etc., which is why it is my favorite. The steepest part is after the third stream crossing if you go clockwise and at the top there is an outstanding panorama of the Gore Range. After that (if you are going clockwise) it is all downhill. There are a few places with blown down trees to go over. Don't be turned away by all the cars at the trailhead. They usually go the harder Acorn Creek Trail which goes to the left (where the arrow points). We do not want this marked! Most people don't know about it and we like it that way. Two days ago we only ran across one person until the end. Because it is already mentioned here in AllTrails I am telling you how nice it is. :)

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Gia Wolanski
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As the other reviews say, don't follow the arrow. I did the trail clockwise, but would suggest going counter-clockwise to make it a little easier. I didn't see anyone else on the trail until the last 15 minutes, which was super nice. There were 3 or 4 Creek crossings, but they aren't an issue for waterproof hiking boots. The trail took me 2 hours to complete with a few stops. I didn't like hearing the crackling transmission lines in the beginning but other than that it was a nice hike.

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Alexandra Marcotty
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HikingOff trail

Whoops. We ended up on acorn creek trail, not the loop which we were aiming for. Was still pretty but check your map before taking the branching point. The sign points in one direction towards the trail, but the “loop” trail is the other way! Still a lovely area, clear trail— no snow or mud today. Wildflowers coming out and the aspens are all blooming!

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Bethany Fernstrom
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This is a beautiful trail. easy to find trail head and parking. perfect for a toddler. loved the trees, cream and sage!

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Emily Taugner
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This trail is awesome. 5/13/20 it was way too snowy! We completed the loop but we punched through the snow over and over again. I would recommend going counterclockwise on the loop until you hit the ridge with the beautiful view, and then when it directs you into the forest, to turn around and call it a nice hike. Stream crossings were manageable but may difficult in the next coming weeks with high flow. This trail is really great though....beautiful meadows with willows, great views of Ptarmigan and Ute peaks.

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