Bighorn Creek Trail

MODERATE 51 reviews
#22 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

Exit I-70 at the easternmost exit (180) and take an immediate left onto Big Horn Road to go under I-70. Follow Big Horn Road back east for less than a mile to Columbine Drive. Take a left on Columbine Drive and go back under I-70 and up the hill a couple hundred yards. Youll find a small parking lot on the left side of the street and youre all set to go.

2 days ago

The start gets your blood flowing quickly.

hiking
27 days ago

Excellent hike. Really 7.2 to Cabin and back.

29 days ago

Used to access the grand traverse, really cool canyon.

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1 month 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.

1 month 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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2 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!

2 months ago

snowshoeing
4 months ago

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

hiking
10 months ago

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.

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10 months ago

Beautiful! Uphill most of the hike so be prepared to work for it!

hiking
11 months ago

Has a steep pitch at first, then evens out into a really lovely aspen grove--I'd definitely seek it this trail again!