Hell Roaring Creek Trail

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Hell Roaring Creek Trail is a 17.1 mile lightly trafficked out and back trail located near Carbondale, Colorado that features a lake and is rated as difficult. The trail is primarily used for hiking and trail running and is best used from June until October. Dogs are also able to use this trail.

17.1 miles
6791 feet
Out & Back

dog friendly


trail running



wild flowers


Directions from Carbondale: From Carbondale travel south on Hwy. 133. Go 12.5 miles to Avalanche Creek. Turn left and proceed 3 miles to Avalanche Creek Trailhead after the campground. Hike 2 miles up the Avalanche Creek Trail, the Hell Roaring Trail branches off to the left just before the bridge.

7 months ago

I would definitely do this again, but be warned: on the west side this is a very lightly used trail with few markers and many obstacles. Fallen trees, overgrown brush, and many times the trail abruptly stops and you may spend time searching for the path further along. Make sure you have a map and compass, though the most updated map has incorrect ISO lines.

The east side seems to be more traversed and easier to navigate, coming from Capital Creek.

We went west to east from Avalanche, up over the pass, then down to Williams Lake. A beautiful hike, through meadows, past waterfalls, and breathtaking views at the top. We tried to leave markers as we went, many had toppled over.

It took us about 6 hours, spending 1 hour at the top to admire the views. It can be done in about 4.