Pass Creek and Coal Creek Loop Trail

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Pass Creek and Coal Creek Loop Trail is a 7.5 mile moderately trafficked loop trail located near Silverton, Colorado that features beautiful wild flowers and is rated as difficult. The trail offers a number of activity options and is accessible year-round. Dogs and horses are also able to use this trail.

7.5 miles
1,837 feet

dog friendly



horseback riding

mountain biking

nature trips

rock climbing



trail running



wild flowers



11 months ago

I was only following the general outline of the loop, and kept going south beneath the face of Engineer Mountain....after awhile I felt the trail was not looking back to the trailhead and just figured it best to keep on it to the highway. So I ended up on 550, 4 miles and 1,400 feet below my car. Incredible hike....just an FYI

Sunday, July 16, 2017

I hiked this loop clockwise. I'm not sure why the previous reviewer said they couldn't find a campsite. The meadows contain many places to camp. There was even a premade fire pit at the junction of Coal Creek Trail and the spur from Engineer Mountain Trail. Beautiful hike as wildflowers were in full bloom.

Tuesday, July 04, 2017

My husband and I set out for an overnight backpacking adventure. We've hiked the pass creek trail to Engineer base/ "the meadow" several times in previous summers. We took a right where pass creek trail ends and followed until we looped around to coal creek trail. The wildflowers were beautiful! (See photos) we decided to hike back to highway 550 since we couldn't find a place to camp and it was getting cold. Coal creek trail is somewhat steep at times. Nothing major, but where there's steepness there isn't a flat spot to camp. Really enjoyed this dayhike!

Thursday, October 03, 2013

We parked in the lot across from the marker for Coal Bank Pass. The trail steadily climbs up to Engineer Mountain. You go through meadows, forest, past a lake, cross small streams and come out in an alpine meadow. The view of the surrounding mountain ranges is incredible. This was a busy trail, very popular.
If there has been rain, it is very muddy and slippery.

Thursday, August 17, 2017

Sunday, September 11, 2016

Friday, September 02, 2016