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Meadow Creek Trail to Eccles Pass

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White River National Forest

Meadow Creek Trail to Eccles Pass is a 10.9 mile heavily trafficked out and back trail located near Silverthorne, Colorado that features beautiful wild flowers and is rated as moderate. The trail offers a number of activity options and is best used from July until October. Dogs are also able to use this trail but must be kept on leash.

Distance: 10.9 miles Elevation Gain: 2,962 feet Route Type: Out & Back

dogs on leash

cross country skiing

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snowshoeing

walking

running

forest

views

wild flowers

wildlife

bugs

snow

hiking
5 days ago

no snow to be concerned about. Beautiful views once you reach the high valley about a mile + from the top of the pass, otherwise u are in dead lodgepole or spruce. lots of wild flowers in the high valley. My fitbit said 14 mi round tirp and it felt like it. 2740' elevation gain. 2 major meadow ck crossings to figure out at this time of the year with the snow melt. 1 or 2 downed trees easy to step over. not crowded

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1 month ago

You can only make it to Meadow Creek (3.5 mi in?) before you lose the trail and are postholing pretty good. There was snow prior to that but it was passable. Downed trees to climb over/under. The TH gets very crowded due to people doing Lily Pad Lake.

8 months ago

This trail exceeded our expectations! The aspen groves near the beginning were gorgeous! It was a long uphill grind but so worth it once we reached the pass. The alpine meadows were beautiful and the views from the top were amazing! We hiked on a Friday and did not encounter too many other hikers, especially at the higher elevations.

Nice trail, though given its location very well traveled. Seems like a lot of people bail out early though, so closer you get to Eccles Pass the less traffic you see. Nice views of some Gore Range peaks above tree line, not to mention south to the the Ten Mile Range from the pass.

hiking
rocky
9 months ago

Loved this trail for the solitude (at the top) and views. Went mid week the last week of September and the aspens at the beginning were beautiful. It is steep initially until the junction with lily pad lake trail and again when climbing to the pass itself otherwise the elevation didn't bother me. What made it more difficult in my opinion is the loose rocks, roots etc that make footing difficult. I clocked 13.25 miles from parking lot to top of the pass and back, and I've seen another review with the same so be aware that all trails either very much under estimates distance here, or perhaps it was measured from the junction, not the parking lot!

Incredible views with lovely meadow and forest sections. Nice steady gradual incline, the only steep part was the very last bit approaching the top of the pass. Recording with AllTrails put it at 10.7 miles round trip. Started at 12:30pm on Monday 9/9 and passed a few people descending on the first mile, then not a single soul the rest of the hike. Amazing views of the 10 mile range and the backside of buffalo at the top. Spent about 6 hours total including all breaks.

We made it to the high meadow at 11,400’. Still pretty wildflowers: gentian, aster, chiming bells. The trail is rocky and steep at points and other times it is like walking on a woodland carpet. Here easy stream (log) crossings. Two hours in, after walking beside the gurgling creek, the high meadow opens up. We only encountered 3 other hiking pairs and 2 trail runners.

hiking
10 months ago

Lovely hike! Going up is a struggle with consistent elevation gain interspersed with a few more level spots. As others have noted, one of the bridges is a bit sketchy, but totally manageable if you are moderately hiking fit. Amazing views! I got to the TH at 8 on Sunday (of Labor Day weekend) and there was plenty of parking.

Oh man what a hike! As usual, the app under reports distance compared to the recording- I clocked in at 13.4 miles! Beautiful hike though! Just a tinge of fall beginning to show in the undergrowth, but there's still whole fields of wildflowers! The views are to die for. Absolutely will do this again!

hiking
10 months ago

Third times a charm. Tried this hike in October two different times without snow shoes and had to turn back. Trail is steep in some places . Great view from the pass

hiking
11 months ago

We just did a bit of this trail (about 1.5 miles) from the Lily Pad Lake turnoff. Fairly steep - upper end of moderate - but we were the only ones we saw the whole time (including lunch stop). Much quieter than Lily Pad Lake Trails (from either Frisco or Silverthorne).

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11 months ago

I did this hike 1 day ago with my husband, 10 and 7 year old. Overall it’s a beautiful hike, reports about it being steeper and buggier in the beginning are accurate. There are two tricky creek crossings also accurately described in the previous review. There were a couple areas closer to the top where the trail crosses snow, but it’s well packed and manageable. My strava could be inaccurate, and we did go off trail very briefly to look at views, but by the end of the hike, it showed 11.92 miles round trip. It seems it could be a bit longer than the description of 10.2 miles. Although my 7year old was a trooper, I may have made a different choice if I had known this as we chose this hike. The views through the meadows and at the top made it all worth it, just amazing!

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muddy
11 months ago

This is the third time I've done this trail. The first time was about one year ago, the second one was in the winter when I couldn't reach the pass because of the deep snow. Yesterday was a pretty perfect time to do it though. The weather was dry and mild and the crowds were thin. The trail was kind of muddy and wet in places and there are two creek crossings that are a little dicey. One of them has a couple of shakey, thin logs that you will need to walk over and the other one you will have to find a place (there are a couple) off to the south side of the trail where the water flow is narrow enough to jump over it. Great 360 degree views at the top and the trail is not too demanding. Be sure and take a short trail leading north from the pass to get great views.

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bugs
muddy
11 months ago

Hiked this on 7/14/19 with my wife. Awesome hike but challenging, especially in the first few miles with the incline slope and rocky trail. Trail completely open, downed trees mentioned in earlier posts have all been removed. Mosquitoes in the first few miles - just keep moving or bring bug spray! Meadows were awesome in the final 2+ miles but some were soggy to cross. Residual snow pockets to cross along the trail very manageable. Final advance to Eccles Pass had some snow to get through but manageable. No significant post-holing along the way. The view from approx 3 miles in to the pass was spectacular. Crossing Meadow Creek the third time was a little sporty if you want to stay dry but it was manageable and will probably improve as snow melt runoff decreases. Just find the right spot. All in all, a great hike - start early to avoid the developing storms by midday.

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Sat Jun 15 2019

Hiked this trail on June 15-16, 2019. Heavy snow pack started at 10,500 feet. Snowshoed to Eccles Pass and into the valley below. Wanted to hike to East Vail but found the Red Buffalo Pass to be completely snowed in. Needed GPS device to stay close to the trail once the snow pack covered the trail. Were numerous trees across the trail that the Forest Service has not cut yet. Also, the trail was very muddy before the snowpack covered the trail. We did not see any wildlife on the trail.

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Sun Jun 02 2019

Boyfriend scared off a moose towards the begging of the trail. Trail became completely snow covered about a mile and a half in. We continued on despite the snow as we were forced off our desired trail yesterday due to snow and came particularly motivated to finish a trail. In the end we were still forced to turn back before arriving at the destination due to deep, soft snow and a lack of other human tracks continuing up the mountain. Saw some good views and had fun playing pioneer where the actual trail became too thick with snow to follow. Didn’t start recording our route until the way back, during which time we mostly stuck to the route. Wish it hadn’t been so snowy, probably wouldn’t recommend for most. Maybe with a good pair of snow shoes and a sturdy walking stick. Can’t imagine that amount of snow melting anytime soon without an extreme heat wave. Maybe give it a few weeks.

Mon Feb 25 2019

I did this on 08/30/2018. The weather was cool and dry and the hike itself was not too hard but the elevation gain is pretty consistent throughout the trail, about 500 ft/mile. The trail is well maintained and not always rocky...but it is rocky in places. There are great views basically at all levels but the best views are at the pass. In fact those views are outstanding. I spent about 1.5 h there just sitting and eating lunch and admiring the views. About 2.5 h to get the top and about 2 hours to hike back down. Other reviewers mention mosquitoes. I didn't see any. I did this trip again on a cold but sunny winter day (2/21/19) on snowshoes with 9 other people from Colorado Mountain Club. The snow on the trail was packed at the beginning of the trail but then it got progressively deeper as we went up. The trail also became hard to find. Nevertheless, we made it to the intersection with the Gore Range Trail about 1 mile short of the pass because the winds picked up and it was cold. The entire length of this trip (in and out) was 8.4 miles (instead of the 10.2 miles required to reach the pass and come back to the trailhead) and the elevation gain was about 2200 ft instead of the 2900 ft required to reach the pass. It took us about 6 hours with a very short lunch break. This is a great trail regardless of the season, you cross several meadows and the view of the Gore Range are great. The pics I posted below are from my summer and winter trips.

hiking
Sat Oct 27 2018

Very quite, would probably be more enjoyable to the eyes in spring. No one on trail after beginning and decent amount of snow, afternoon of 10/26, especially after junction with the GRT. Didn’t make it to the top of the pass but attempted it, decided to turn around after snow got deep and the sun had settled over the mountains. An eerie area

Tue Jul 31 2018

We had a great time, the weather was good. It was incline most of the way, but very gradual, so it made for a great workout. The lake was lovely and serene, and the return was easily managed. Definitely recommend this trail.

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