Acorn Creek Trail

HARD 16 reviews
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Acorn Creek Trail is a 8.3 mile lightly trafficked out and back trail located near Silverthorne, Colorado and is rated as difficult. The trail is primarily used for hiking and is best used from March until November. Dogs are also able to use this trail.

DISTANCE
8.3 miles
ELEVATION GAIN
2,726 feet
ROUTE TYPE
Out & Back

dog friendly

hiking

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
20 days ago

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
2 months ago

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!

2 months ago

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
3 months ago

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
4 months ago

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.

4 months ago

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!

4 months ago

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
10 months ago

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.

hiking
19 days ago

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hiking
Saturday, November 08, 2014