East Creek and Gift Creek Trail

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East Creek and Gift Creek Trail is a 14.4 mile lightly trafficked out and back trail located near Carbondale, Colorado that offers the chance to see wildlife and is rated as difficult. The trail is primarily used for hiking, walking, nature trips, and birding and is best used from March until October. Dogs are also able to use this trail.

14.4 miles
7654 feet
Out & Back

dog friendly



nature trips





Directions from Carbondale: Travel south on Hwy. 133 for 17 miles past Carbondale to Redstone. Drive through Redstone to the north edge of town, and take the 4WD road to the east beside the last house on the right side. If you don't have a four wheel drive you must park here and walk the extra half mile to the trailhead.

8 months ago

Nice hike along the creek

8 months ago

We were in Redstone for a wedding and this trail was conveniently located right near the Redstone Inn where we were staying. I did some research on this trail beforehand and to get to the trail head it is very recommended that you have an SUV type vehicle. Getting from the main road to the trail head requires a drive up a two-track dirt/gravel trail that is used to access the trail head/water treatment plant. Once at the trail head it is very noticeable where the trail starts. We only hiked about a mile in the trail because we had to be back for the wedding later that day. But it's a very gorgeous trail, it opens up initially with some great views of the valley. After that you're mostly in wooded areas that have stream crossings along with waterfalls. Only going that mile in, we had a 500 ft. elevation increase so you're constantly going up. I would definitely want to come back and go further along the trail, including a hike in and camp.

Thursday, July 14, 2016

Access to trail head is poor. Have to hike up a utility road for about a mile. Trail itself was hard but incredible views of the canyon walls. Improve access road so more visitors can park at trailhead.

Tuesday, September 15, 2015

East creek awesome, gift creek bad, use avalanche creek trailhead to access upper avalanche creek

Sunday, September 28, 2014

Steep climb most of the way with a meadow clearing about ⅓ of the way. The first part of the trail follows the creek and you get to see a few small waterfalls. Very beautiful hike! At the top you arrive at Lily Lake and can see Maroon Bells from there.