Acorn Creek Trail

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Acorn Creek Trail is a 6.8 mile lightly trafficked out and back trail located near Silverthorne, Colorado that offers the chance to see wildlife and is rated as difficult. The trail is primarily used for hiking, horses, and snowshoeing and is accessible year-round. Dogs are also able to use this trail but must be kept on leash.

Distance: 6.8 miles Elevation Gain: 2,703 feet Route Type: Out & Back

dogs on leash

hiking

horseback riding

snowshoeing

forest

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wildlife

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Directions from Silverthorne: Travel north on Highway 9 for 11 miles. After the bridge over the Blue River, turn right onto Road #2400 and follow this for 1/2 miles to a fork in the road. Take the right fork onto Road #2402. Follow this 1/2 mile to the trailhead.

hiking
6 days ago

Such a beautiful hike!! It is steep and some parts have loose rock. I did not go all the way to the top, but close. Great workout and the views are incredible!! We went last week and the aspens were beautiful.

hiking
10 days ago

Spectacular hike to see the Fall colors. The views are amazing. You will be out of breath on the way up but it’s worth it.

hiking
1 month ago

Accidentally did this trail instead of the loop. A steady incline the whole way up so endurance and water is definitely needed. There was a lot of horse poop throughout the trail but overall it was fine. This hike is so worth it though because the views are absolutely amazing.

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no shade
2 months ago

Great hike, took one of our dogs out for much needed conditioning and we made it to within about .6 miles of the top. We were both panting at that point, but the views were incredible looking back at the Gore Range to the west of us.

hiking
2 months ago

Beautiful hike! Lots of wildflowers and the views of the Gore Range are amazing!

hiking
2 months ago

Steady climb from base to summit with amazing wildflowers nearly the entire way. Definitely a great hike but I recommend some endurance since the top is the steepest part of the hike.

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rocky
3 months ago

Nice steady climb to the top. Great views of the still-snow-capped Gore Range mountains as well as some 6' deep snow drifts near the top of the trail (which are easy enough to walk around). The last section towards the top is very steep with lots of loose rock, so a bit challenging to navigate up and down, even with trekking poles.

hiking
3 months ago

Steady climb the whole way. Last mile steep with loose rock. Views at the top amazing. GPS recorded closer 8miles at gain over 2800ft. Worth it. poles are handy.

hiking
3 months ago

Completed trail two days ago. Great and beautiful views.

snowshoeing
7 months ago

Enjoyed a beautiful wooded trek on trails that have been trekked heavily so was easy. Went in a bit past the creek and really enjoyed the afternoon. The wind was not a problem because of the wooded terrain

hiking
Saturday, September 29, 2018

Great hike with some awesome views near the top. it gets very steep for the last mile to the top. I found the trail to be just over 7 miles round trip. great trail for dogs but need to bring plenty of water.

hiking
Thursday, August 16, 2018

Challenging trail, but the views are worth it! My dog and I did not make it all the way, as (we should have read previous reviews) the lack of water and blazing sun drained us by the time we were 3/4 of the way there. As others have said, bring extra water and pile on the sun screen if you're going to be hiking mid-day. The trail starts off pretty moderate but gets quite steep and more difficult after you pass the Ptarmigan sign. This is the first time my dog has ever stopped and needed rest on a trail. There is a lovely tree in a large clearing as it gets very steep that is perfect to catch some shade and some rest, as well as some great panoramic photos! Glutes and legs were on fire for days after this one! Looking forward to tackling the whole trail next time, with more water in tow!

Saturday, July 21, 2018

Great hike. What a workout! Almost had the hike to myself and my dog. Steep and steady incline. Gets hot and limited water for dogs so pack in their water. Gorgeous views all the way!!

hiking
Friday, July 06, 2018

Tough but beautiful hike almost every step of the way. Steady steep incline but the views are spectacular. Creek was dry on July 4th so bring plenty of water!

hiking
Friday, June 15, 2018

Great hike! Gets pretty challenging around the halfway point. Also want to mention that we did see a cougar near the top where the last few switch backs are so those who bring dogs, make sure they’re leashed.

Monday, June 11, 2018

Killer views the whole way. Loved walking through the meadows, aspen groves and high alpine terrain. Took us about 4 hrs round trip. The top gets steep so bring good boots!

Monday, May 28, 2018

Beautiful hike! Snowy at the ridge, but clear all the way there. The last mile is challenging—wear good boots and bring a warm layer.

hiking
Monday, December 04, 2017

Like everyone else has mentioned, views are incredible. Most of the trails are covered in snow now but definitely still worth the effort.

hiking
Friday, August 04, 2017

Great hike. Went on August 3rd, 2017. The beauty in the hike is not only what you see when you reach the top, but in the journey itself. The trail takes you through green meadows, flowers, beautiful Aspen groves and over a creek. If going to the top, some areas are steep and rocky. Take hiking poles and wear good boots.

hiking
Thursday, August 03, 2017

Starting from the trail head it's an incline the entire way. Lots of meadows and forests to hike through. It gets more challenging around 9000 feet, but the views from 10K+ are incredible and panoramic! Lots of flies and grasshoppers along the way, too. Tons of beautiful wild flowers also if you're their in summertime. Most used body parts: Lungs going up, knees coming down.

hiking
Thursday, July 06, 2017

Very scenic. I hiked on a day when it was 80 degrees (warm) and smokey from fires. I went only two miles in. My dog was getting hot and it was a mild uphill most of the way. A stream for dogs is only at the beginning so pack more water for them. Very pretty hike with views but personally, I'd wait until it gets to be slightly cooler out. Pack bug spray too.

snowshoeing
Sunday, March 20, 2016

The views start almost immediately and just get more breathtaking. Not sure that previous hikers totally blazed the right trail though - but gorgeous nonetheless. Decent snowpack.

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