Meadow Creek Trail to Eccles Pass is a 10.2 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.

10.2 miles
2,923 feet
Out & Back

dogs on leash

cross country skiing


horseback riding


trail running




wild flowers




23 days ago

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

3 months ago

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.

3 months ago

Unfortunately didn’t make it to the top of the pass due to a persistent bull moose following us in the marshy/meadowy area after 3 1/2 miles or so. The first half of this hike, and the connecting trail to lily pad lake would be perfect spots for aspen hiking in September. At the very least, the part we got to hike was a good work-out.

4 months ago

7/8/18. One of my new faves. I should say - this hike is mostly uphill for the first 2.5-3 miles. We are from Boulder and in good shape and we nearly turned around but were so glad we didn’t! After all the uphill, you are treated to amazing open meadows filled with flowers and unbeatable, close-up views of the Rockies. The wildflowers were to die for right now. We hiked a little over 5 miles up to a big meadow/clearing(Eccles pass?) and then turned around. You could definitely keep going if you wanted. We were exhausted at the end but so glad we found this special place. I should also mention we got there around 10:15 on a Sunday morning and there were plenty of cars but we had no problem finding parking. Completed the hike in about 5 hours and that’s with a stop for lunch,snack, and lots of picture taking. Enjoy!

5 months ago

Went 5/27/18 - had to turn around just under 4 miles in due to snow. This was right after a rickety log crossing over a stream. We've made it to Eccles Pass a couple of times before and the views are spectacular at the pass.

Friday, October 20, 2017

great hike. When you get to the pass if you follow the ridgeline SE it will take you to an unnamed peak. At the top of this peak is a jar with a register. Not to mention great views

Saturday, October 07, 2017

Missed the aspen peaking (not sure ever did this fall) so this trail was a bit lackluster. Leaves are mostly down and the second half of the trail was muddy and covered with snow. Views near the pass were very nice but wind made me turn around before I got to the top. Too cold!

Monday, September 18, 2017

Really good hike with great views from Eccles Pass. The first half mile is mostly Aspens which are coming into color right now. The first 2.5 miles are up hill over some rocky terrain. The trail flattens out near the edge of the tree line before a moderate ascent to the pass. Wind can really kick up as your approach the pass. I wore Trail running shoes with some trekking poles. Harder soled shoes would have been a better choice on the lower section.

Sunday, August 20, 2017

This was a solid hike. The first few miles are just straight up. There's no easing into it. It's a steady incline though. Then there's a valley with a small lake where it levels out a bit before you make the final ascent to the pass. From the pass you can keep going to buffalo (I think) and red buffalo. The views are amazing at the top. We went on a Sunday (early) and only saw a handful of people. I recommend this hike but not for beginners and not if you're not acclimated.

Thursday, August 03, 2017

Ended up being one of my favorite trails. The first few miles of uphill were fairly average views but once in the higher elevations, the scenery was amazing! For anyone doing the trail for the first time, I highly recommend pushing thru to the end and even continuing on for a bit on the Gorge Trail to cross over the pass. Will be back next year to backpack in and stay for a few days.

Saturday, June 10, 2017

One of our favorite hikes! Beautiful wildflowers and views. Lots of hikers.

Saturday, May 20, 2017

Gorgeous hike along the creek and many small waterfalls. Didn't get real far as the snow is very heavy and wet. I will be back!

Wednesday, August 17, 2016

After a few miles through the woods the scenery opens up and is amazing. Really nice hike.

Monday, August 08, 2016

Lot's of elevation but the views are worth it!

Tuesday, August 02, 2016

Out and back? Says who? If you're going to hike this trail (and I highly recommend it,) then park a second car at Mesa Cortina or Willowbrook Trailhead and make it into a loop over Red Buffalo Pass. Another option is to use the Gore Range Trail to connect to the North Ten Mile Creek Trail, which also requires either a second car or use of the Summit Stage to get back to the Meadow Creek Trailhead.

Tuesday, October 13, 2015

Gorgeous trail. It's mostly a gradual climb the entire way. Very worth every minute. Stunning views at the top with lots of room to explore. We saw a beaver, too.

Wednesday, September 23, 2015

Excellent hike... long and satisfying. Dramatic views of the Gore Range; wildflowers in July. A must-hike.

Tuesday, June 30, 2015

My family and I have been hiking in and around Summit County for years but had only hiked this trail a few years ago in December and never made it to the meadows or the pass. This is now one of our favorite hikes in the area. While the trail is fairly steep from the beginning, the open meadows and views from the pass are well worth the effort. In some respect the views are better than those from Buffalo Mtn, simply because you don't see any civilization from the pass.

We heeded the warnings and wore bug spray, but didn't have any issues. We summitted in just under 3 hours and the return trip was right around 2 hours. The trail gets wet in areas and there are several river crossings, so good boots are recommended. The weather has been warm this week, so very little snow left on the trail. Most/all should be gone in the next 1-2 weeks.

Thursday, June 25, 2015

Lots of bugs in the lower part. Bring your bug spray. Steadily climbing through the woods initially. Second half with more open meadows and views.
After a wet spring here in Colorado we had to cross several fairly shallow snowfields or make our way around them.
We had to find one alternative Creek Crossing because of snow coverage and snowmelt. Total time including one long lunch break and one short stop on the way up 7 ½ hours. Extra time spent navigating snow.
Fun final climb up to Eccles pass and along the crest once on top. Amazing views. Then sliding down on snowfields, lots of fun.
Regular good hiking boots
Lots of wild life.
One of the better hikes.

Friday, July 25, 2014

BRING BUG SPRAY! The mosquitos ate through my pants!!! Other than that malfunction, this hike was great. It was pretty strenuous, since it is almost 3000 ft elevation gain at an already high altitude. The gorgeous views along the way were worth it. The wildflowers were in bloom and made a great setting for lots of pretty photos (see above!). The trail was very rocky, so make sure your shoes are in good condition. There are also some precarious spots along the way where you have to cross the creek on rickety fallen trees, so be careful & don't fall in like I did!

Tuesday, January 14, 2014

Incredible views. Went in October and it had just snowed about 8 inches. A lot of uphill, but very well worth it. We did the trail from Frisco to Silverthorne and it was easily one of the best hikes I've ever done. There is a bus that picks up at the bottom of the trail in Silverthorne that will drop you back in Frisco.

Tuesday, August 27, 2013

An amazing hike with great views and photo spots. Since it is a very difficult one, I would consider it an strenuous one, you better have comfortable boots or you wont even enjoy the hike. Lots of Wildflowers, willow lakes and one of the best views you will ever get.

Friday, November 09, 2012

Beautiful first camping trip in Colorado!

Wednesday, January 18, 2012

Hiked this in August and the wildflowers were just amazing. Like walking through gods garden. Nice views at the pass. Great spot for lunch.

Friday, September 10, 2010

Great hike up to the pass. Great view of the Gore range and Mt Buffalo too.
The meadows are fantastic.

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