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Acorn Creek to Ute Peak is a 9.6 mile lightly trafficked out and back trail located near Silverthorne, Colorado that features beautiful wild flowers and is rated as difficult. The trail is primarily used for hiking and nature trips.

Length 9.6 mi Elevation gain 3,845 ft Route type Out & Back
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This trail can be tough to follow once you get onto the Ute peak trail. Follow the ridge.

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Chris Scarborough
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Kevin Scharfenberg
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The Acorn Creek Trail is well-established and easy to follow, but has a few issues: a bit of horse poop to get around here and there, some impinging scrub really narrowing parts of the trail in spots, and more notably, as you get beyond 2.5 miles from the trailhead up to the ridge, the dirt trail gets pretty steep and is covered with loose rocks, making footing a challenge. Especially coming back down -- requiring either very very slow going to keep your footing or sliding down on your butt. This cost the trail a 5th star for me, but the amazing views along the way and at the top of the ridge make the effort very much worth it. Moving up the Ute Peak Trail from the junction with Acorn Creek, the path gets lost in the scrub and scree at times, just follow the ridge line up and you'll see a few posts and cairns to help you keep the path. One important thing for the summit: the published path here on AllTrails has you going up the south face of the rock which would take some technical climbing/gear. But there is a foot path faintly visible that wraps clockwise around the west and north side of the rock face and leads you right up to the summit. On Sunday 6/28/20, plenty of parking leaving the trailhead at 730am. Summited Ute at 1025am, only seeing one other person on the way up. Back to the car by 1225pm with several people around on the way down. This says moderately trafficked but I'd say lightly trafficked. On this date, I had to go around a few piles of snow when heading up from the trail junction to the summit, but they were no problem. A couple of hazards worth noting: First this is bear country -- I spotted a black bear about 200 yards away from me near the 10,400 foot mark. I scared it off with my huffing and puffing. Second, there were fresh tree falls. In fact, a sizable aspen fell across the Acorn Creek trail near 10,500 feet sometime between the time I went up and the time I came back down. I noticed other fresh trees down near the trail. So be careful. All in all a beautiful setting and a great training hike for 14ers later this summer.

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Mike Firth
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Mercedes Aponte
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Kevin Scharfenberg
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M WOLFE
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