Fall Creek Pass Trail

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Fall Creek Pass Trail is a 16.3 mile moderately trafficked out and back trail located near Minturn, Colorado that features a lake and is rated as difficult. The trail offers a number of activity options and is best used from June until October. Dogs are also able to use this trail.

DISTANCE
16.3 miles
ELEVATION GAIN
4,796 feet
ROUTE TYPE
Out & Back

dog friendly

backpacking

birding

camping

cross country skiing

fishing

hiking

nature trips

snowshoeing

trail running

walking

forest

lake

views

wild flowers

wildlife

snow

4 miles south of Minturn to Tigiwan Rd.,FR 707, turn right and drive 8 miles to Fall Creek trailhead.

hiking
1 month ago

We camped at Lake Constantine and did a day hike to the lower and upper Tuhare Lakes which was well worth the effort and time. The views were outstanding. There was thirteen of us from all over the country and this was a great place to hike with a group of this size.

hiking
1 month ago

I’m currently plannng 7 day trip doing a loop up Cross Creek down Fall Creek, and back over to the Cross Creek Trailhead. My plan is this:

Day 1. Hike up Cross Creek to Harvey Lake and camp
Day 2. Hike past Treasure Vault Lake, over Fancy Pass and into Holy Cross City, and either camp there or a little further down the trail at Hunky Dory Lake.
Day 3. Hike to Lake Constantine and camp.
Day 4. Visit the nearby Tuhare Lakes, then camp again at Lake Constantine.
Day 5. Hike to Half Moon Campground but continue on over Half Moon Pass and down to the East Cross Creek crossing, and camp.
Day 6. Tackle the summit of Mount Holy Cross, then back down and camp again at East Cross Creek crossing.
Day 7. Follow East Cross Creek about a mile or so over to Cross Creek and Cross Creek Trail, then back down Cross Creek Trail the remaining 5 or six miles to the trailhead, and pray that my car will still be there.

The normal conclusion of this loop would involve hiking 8 miles down the dirt road from Half Moon Campground to the Cross Creek Trailhead, resulting in total hiking distance on the last day of 11 to 12 miles, which would start with a 1000 foot ascent over Half Moon Pass. My proposed alternate route would cut that distance by about half and eliminate the big ascent back over Halfmoon Pass, plus I’d still be doing my hiking n the wilderness instead of down a boring dirt road. The only drawback is that there is no established trail down East Cross Creek back to Cross Creek, but the rangers tell me there shouldn’t be any big problems negotiating that short traverse.

If anyone has tried this before, I’d love to hear from you! My email address is jmichaelclaylaw@aol.com.

backpacking
Monday, June 26, 2017

Great hike with lots of campsites. The trail is still snowed in past Lake Constantine. Would like to go back to complete the hike later.

hiking
Monday, September 05, 2016

H7/3/2016: Hiked to Lake Constantine; beautiful and not too hard. Marshy near the lake.

Sunday, August 14, 2016

Absolutely stunning - well maintained trails - comfortable camp sites - great access to beautiful lake. Colorado at its best!!

camping
Monday, August 24, 2015

Here are some HD videos of our base camp at Lake Constantine to give you an idea of how amazing this place is:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WY6Z66lgPLk
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=aZAgtgHQA7g

The Tuhare Lakes about a mile away were amazing. Quite the hike, but totally worth it.

camping
Thursday, March 20, 2014

When I went to Tuhare Lakes I backpacked to Lake Constantine and then did a day hike to Fallcreek Pass and Tuhare Lakes. Great scenery and good fishing.

hiking
Tuesday, April 16, 2013

very beautiful trail

hiking
11 months ago

11 months ago

backpacking
Sunday, July 16, 2017

hiking
Monday, March 27, 2017

hiking
Saturday, September 24, 2016

backpacking
Tuesday, September 20, 2016

hiking
Sunday, December 19, 2010