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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.

Length 6.8 mi Elevation gain 2,703 ft Route type Out & Back
Dogs on leash Hiking Horseback riding Snowshoeing Forest Views Wildlife Rocky Snow No shade
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Colorado Tourism Office, 1625 Broadway, Suite 1700 , Denver, CO, 80202, Phone: 800-COLORADO

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.

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Kristi Chapman
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Walking

I imagine this would be a great trail if it wasn’t currently wildfire season. Pup friendly, but no mountain biking. Did not complete this trail due to all of the smoke when we went to hike this on 6/7. Keep on the lookout in the news for Williams fork wildfire as that fire is not far from here (which we did not realize until looking up the news later in the day). Also worth noting that it’s hunting season most if not all of fall in CO, so be extra cautious about having your dogs off leash and respect the on leash rules you see at the trail heads. We did see some bow hunters on our walk back down.

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Pam Horstman
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HikingGreat!

Great trail. The flowers were nice but I think would have been better about a month ago. It is a gradual climb and well maintained. I would start earlier than noon to get to the top. Great hike with our dogs.

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John Salisbury
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HikingBlowdownGreat!

My first time to this trail. Got there around 5:30a and a brisk 47 degrees. I only met 8 others through the course of the day. The higher you go, the steeper the climb. Made it to the top of the ridge, but debated about another push to the Ute Peak, opted against it this time. The wildflowers throughout the hike were unlike anything I have witnessed in Colorado in the 20 years I have lived here....absolutely epic!

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Chase Halgerson
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Hiking

Great trail with a solid incline. Start early! It does get busy in the afternoons.

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Claire K
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Hiking

Really nice and accessible hike, trail was clear to the intersection of the Ute trail. Trailhead is just off the road and plenty of parking. Great views of the Gore Range from start to finish, this trail is quite steep and only has a few switchbacks so be prepared for a relentless incline. Bring bug spray, the meadows on the lower portion in the morning were quite active with mosquitoes! Pack plenty of water for yourself and dogs - only one creek crossing early on for pup swimming/drinking. Nearly 3000’ elevation gain in about 3.5 mi is no joke, be prepared for a leg burner!

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Steven Ireland-Haight
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HikingNo shade

Beautiful views at the top! We backpacked this trail and camped at the top instead of continuing on to Ute Peak. There were a lot of great spots to camp on the top and the trail was not very trafficked. As your average hiker with pretty large backpacks, it took us about 4 hours to get to the top and about 2 hours to get back down the next day. If you want to beat the crowds, it’s best to go early; we saw other hikers around 11. Also, there are no signs indicating if you can park overnight but we did anyways and it was just fine.

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Mario Ascoli
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Hiking

This is a great trail. Well marked, maintained, and easy to follow. It is steep though, my recorded elevation gain and loss were 2900 ft with a round trip length of 7.3 miles. Once we hit the Ute trail a the top we followed it for a little bit but had to stop short of the peak by about a mile because of a time constraint. The Ute Trail is not easy to find or follow though. There was a bit of snow at the top but the rest of the trail was dry. The trail is mostly exposed but you do get some shade while going through evergreen or aspen forests. Gorgeous views all around.

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Bruce Perry
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Hiking

I did this trail and then connected to the Ute trail to the summit of Ute Peak, which adds an additional 1.25 or so miles to the one-way distance and 1000 ft of elevation gain. The trail starts out relatively flat and then gets continuously steeper and steeper, winding its way through meadow and woods of small trees - you get a lot of exposure to the sun. As far as the saddle point where the Acorn Creek trail intersects the Ute trail, there is a clear, well-defined, well-maintained trail (shout-out to the park ranger who was clearing fallen trees while I did the hike). No scrambling required, no scree fields, no snow drifts, and almost no mud on this late spring day. There are frequent and excellent views on the way up due to all the meadows. In contrast, the Ute trail was more of a notion than a physical trail (it's still not hard to find your way to the peak just by following the ridge), and did involve some minor scree fields and trudging through one snow drift. I would recommend this trail as a good way to get into the high country during late spring/early summer when many other trails are still impassable without proper snow equipment. The consistent exposure to the sun on this trail does a good job at melting the snow in addition to sunburning hikers.

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Katie Schweitzer
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Hiking

Trail is clear. Deceptively flat start, but beautiful. Second half is steep. Would recommend frequent breaks, hiking shoes/boots, maybe poles, lots of water and going on cloudy day to avoid exposure. Peak is ~10 degrees cooler. Some scree going down. Epic views and booty workout. Athletic dog was wiped.

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Alex B
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HikingSnow

Beautiful but if you’re going now bring snowshoes or skins. Sneakers won’t do (April 2020)

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Kate Renae
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Hiking

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.

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Sabrina Stavish
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Hiking

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.

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Kristine Lequerique
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Hiking

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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Alex Getty
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HikingNo shade

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.

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Colorado Jones
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HikingRocky

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.

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M WOLFE
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Hiking

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.

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Kevin Armour
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Hiking

Completed trail two days ago. Great and beautiful views.

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Cathy Lacy
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Snowshoeing

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

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Bob Theodore
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Hiking

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.

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Molly Powell
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Hiking

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!

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Kristina Bergsten
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Hiking

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!

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kelsey kohl
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Hiking

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.

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Sam Piper
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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!

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Paige McGinley
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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.

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Carson Taylor
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Hiking

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

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Sheri Kaiser
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Hiking

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.

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Daniel Bernardo
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Hiking

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.

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Emilie B
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Snowshoeing
First to Review

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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Ryan Fee
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Hiking
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