Gore Range Trail to Meadow Creek Trail Loop

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Eagles Nest Wilderness

Gore Range Trail to Meadow Creek Trail Loop is a 14 mile lightly trafficked loop trail located near Silverthorne, Colorado that features a lake and is rated as difficult. The trail is primarily used for hiking and nature trips and is best used from June until October. Dogs are also able to use this trail but must be kept on leash.

Length14.0 miElevation gain3,038 ftRoute typeLoop
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This hike goes around the base of Buffalo Mountain in Silverthorne. Start at Buffalo Mountain Trail Head at the top of Wildernest, then connect to the Gore Range Trail and Willow Creek Falls, then continue back into the secluded valley between Buffalo Mountain, Red Peak, and Eccles Pass. Cross Eccles pass, then connect to Meadow Creek Trail. Finally, connect from Meadow Creek to Lily Pad Trail #50, pass Lily Pad Lake, and end back where you started at Buffalo Mountain Trailhead

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Tyler Fortman
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Amazing! About mid-way is a gorgeous flat area surrounded by mountains.

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Ken Nollsch
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Great hike. Defiantly difficult and all the dead fall makes it challenging. We went counter clockwise which makes the climbing a bit lore gradual - however - you encounter a lot of hikers at the end as you pass Lilly Pad lake.

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Glenn Flick
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This was an incredible hike! The view of the whole Tenmile Range from Eccles Pass is simply stunning, as is the view to the north. The aspen leaves were absolutely beautiful particularly on the Lily Pad Lake Trail. We saw tons of dogs but mostly on the second half of the hike. It’s also important to note that this trail is really closer to 14 miles with no side trips.

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Greg Rogers
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Abigail Nelson
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This hike was challenging, but well worth the views. Be sure to bring lots of water and food. We did it counterclockwise to avoid the steep climb.

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Denis White
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Did Counter Clockwise to avoid the steep climbs back to Silverthorne. Tough hike...lots of climbing but really amazing views. Did as an overnight and parked at Meadow Creek trailhead by Frisco and hiked the .6 to the loop since overnight parking is allowed there.

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Glenn Fallucca
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Trail was in great shape. Beautiful wild flowers abound in the back half. I would suggest downloading the map as I was glad to have all trails once or twice to avoid an accidental detour. Counter clockwise seems better to me to get the ascent over with and enjoy the 7 mile walk down The Lily Pad Lake section of the hike by far had the most visitors. Many were families enjoying a short hike, so I just kept my mask on for that last 1.5 mile section to make life easier

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Jon Gunter
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Challenging hike. Not overly technical, just long. Lost the trail for a bit over by Willow Creek Falls, but otherwise the trail was easy to follow. Hiked it counter clockwise. Left the trailhead at 6am and got back just before 1pm. Beautiful scenery views and wildflowers. I didn’t see anyone until about halfway in, but the Lily Pad Lake part was full of obnoxious Texan tourists who don’t wear masks.

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Ethan Raath
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This is a beautiful and challenging hike! The alpine meadows were filled with wild flowers, epic views from Eccles Pass, and lush forest with plenty of cover throughout most of the hike. The Buffalo Mountain Trailhead parking was full at 9am so we started out from the Willow Creek Trailhead just off of Exit 203, which added an extra .5 miles of climbing to the start. I’d also recommend going counterclockwise around the loop for a little shorter and much easier assent to the pass. The northern stretch was very rocky but we were able to move quickly downhill. Be prepared for the final stretch along the Gore Cabin/Willow Creek connector, which includes about a .5 mile section straight up the hill stepping up rocks and boulders the whole way - most difficult part of the hike for us. Overall it’s a stunning trail and great for a long day, just be prepared for some tough sections.

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Victoria Blithe
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Colby Holmes
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Colby Holmes
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A tough hike that's well worth the sights. I completed the loop going counterclockwise from the trailhead. it's a steep climb, but shorter than going the opposite way. There were a few people along the way, but relatively nobody for a normal Sunday hike

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Beth Warren
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Fantastic hike! We (2 adults from Denver in average shape for the US but below average for Colorado) started at about 7:30 am at the trailhead on Ryan Gulch Road and went north/east towards Eccles Pass. We had the brilliant idea of going by Meadow Creek Trail to Frisco for Mexican food instead of going Lily Pad back up to our starting point. This was not as brilliant as we thought because there was shoulder work on the bridge across I-70 so we ended up getting picked up by a kind person who took pity on us and drove us across. The margaritas and fajitas were delicious though! We are not very fast and got to Frisco by about 5 pm, with probably a total of an hour of breaks. We took 2.5 L of water each and one of us ran out, so next time we will bring more water, or a way to filter water from the stream. The stream crossings were sometimes challenging, and I got my socks wet half-way through, so next time I will bring some extra socks! I also think I would have left earlier so we had more time for breaks - the last few hours were not difficult technically but were less fun because we were exhausted. So many beautiful payoffs! The water was high from snow melt, and we still tromped across some snow (August 2019). We saw several waterfalls, ponds, and there were babbling brooks for most of the trail. There were a lot of avalanches last winter, and the avalanche fields with so many knocked-down trees were awe-inspiring. The view from Eccles pass was gorgeous, and most of the hike felt much farther from town than it was. Overall a fantastic hike! My legs are tired!

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Steve Schneiter
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Grueling but awesome hike around Buffalo Mountain. The best part is when you are in the back valley behind Buffalo mountain, looking up to Eccles pass, surrounded by amazing views and total peace. Highly recommend this hike! One note: we made the mistake of only bringing one small bottle of water... DO NOT make the same mistake! We ended up meeting some other hikers who gave us some energy gels and a bit more water, but we definitely felt silly. When we do it again, we will likely bring a full lunch, additional snacks, and probably about 2-3 liters of water each.

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Elizabeth Hubbard
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Jennifer Doyle
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Brian Ring
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Josephine Mudjitaba
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AJ Diedrich
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edward pisack
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Bre Johnson
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Michael McCabe
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Betsy Brace
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Mike Ida
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Jeff Johnson
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