Bighorn Creek Trail

MODERATE 56 reviews
#25 of 176 trails in

Bighorn Creek Trail is a 6.4 mile moderately trafficked out and back trail located near Vail, Colorado that features a river and is rated as moderate. The trail offers a number of activity options and is best used from March until September. Dogs are also able to use this trail but must be kept on leash.

DISTANCE
6.4 miles
ELEVATION GAIN
2319 feet
ROUTE TYPE
Out & Back

dogs on leash

birding

camping

hiking

nature trips

walking

forest

river

views

wild flowers

wildlife

The climb from the start is fairly steep. As with most of the other East Vail hikes, there are several small streams you'll cross and lots of photo ops. Important: when you start the trail you'll take an immediate left and start climbing. It looks like you should continue straight but that is not the trail.

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20 days ago

27 days ago

Definitely an a** kicker on the way up! The aspen groves are AMAZING!! There is a section about 1/2 way up or so that follows the river so it's nice and cool here. After that there is a steep incline that is pretty rocky and in direct sun... Things to take note... I took my dog and am not sure I would recommend it... we hike all the time but it's pretty rocky in a lot of sections and with the direct sun, it was a little hot with no natural water for her to cool off in. (I definitely had water and a bowl for her). Right before the cabin, there is a little creek she could lay in... but she ended up tearing the pads on her feet and it took quite a bit of time to come down. Good hike if you want something challenging, but again maybe leave the pups at home!

29 days ago

Beautiful hike. But I would not rate this moderate. It is more challenging. The first 1/2 mile is brutal, then the uphill is not as severe for the next mile. Then it get brutal with steep elevation on loose rock. We did not make it to the hut. Turned around about 2 miles in. The Aspens are changing and the views are really pretty. Parking lot is very small and if it is full you are out of luck. There is no parking on the street. We went mid day on Wednesday and parking lot still had a few spots. Saw only a few people on trail. Felt like we had the place to ourself. The was a sign posted to beware of mountain lions. Thankfully I just had to deal with the trail.

hiking
1 month ago

1 month ago

Hell of a workout but worth the views and cabin!

2 months ago

The start gets your blood flowing quickly.

hiking
2 months ago

Excellent hike. Really 7.2 to Cabin and back.

2 months ago

Used to access the grand traverse, really cool canyon.

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2 months ago

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3 months ago

I really enjoyed this hike. Definitely had some challenging parts but the scenery and views made it worth it. Honestly I don't know how long it actually is, but to the hut and back took just over 5 hours.

3 months ago

Beautiful hike! Did this one 3 July 17 with totally clear trails all the way to the cabin at about 3.75 miles. Wild flowers were blooming but probably weren't at peak yet. Only saw a few other people on the trail. Great views along the switchbacks after enjoying shade in the Aspen forests. Would definitely do this one again. Somewhat limited parking at the trailhead, but was clearly marked.

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4 months ago

Trail to the cabin is more like 7.5 miles. Hike is pretty much uphill for the first 2.5 miles with a steep pitch in the beginning and again at about halfway. Only saw 5 other people on the trail and had cell service nearly the entire time. Both were pleasant surprises! Last mile is still snow covered and difficult to follow the trail through the pines. Wildflowers were just starting to bloom; should be quite scenic is a few weeks. Trail also has a beautiful section where you walk through Aspens. I recommend this hike but be prepared for a work out for your calves!

4 months ago

snowshoeing
6 months ago

dificult to keep on trail with snow but great views!!

hiking
Wednesday, October 12, 2016

This is one tough hike. The cabin at the end is cool and there is shade and a stream there, but it doesn't have the pay off of finishing a hike by the lake. The climb from the start is fairly steep. As with most of the other East Vail hikes, there are several small streams you'll cross and lots of photo ops. This was a long day (it was warm out). Felt like forever but was only about 5.5 hours. Not my favorite hike but worth doing once.