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Rich Creek Trail is a 5.5 mile moderately trafficked out and back trail located near Fairplay, Colorado that features a river and is rated as moderate. The trail is primarily used for hiking and backpacking and is best used from May until October. Dogs are also able to use this trail but must be kept on leash.

Length 5.5 mi Elevation gain 1,161 ft Route type Out & Back
Dogs on leash Backpacking Hiking Forest River Views Wild flowers Wildlife
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Getting There

This trail can be done as a loop with the Tumble Creek trail.

Colorado Tourism Office, 1625 Broadway, Suite 1700 , Denver, CO, 80202, Phone: 800-COLORADO South Park Ranger District, U.S. Forest Service, P.O. Box 219 , Fairplay, CO, 80440, Phone: 719-836-2031

Directions from Weston Pass Road: The easiest access to Rich Creek Trail is from Forest Developed Road 425. Approximately one mile southeast of the Weston Pass Campground on Weston Pass Road is a trailhead for Rich Creek and Rough & Tumbling Creek Trails. Park in the lot provided, cross the stream on the footbridge and follow the trail to the right (up stream).

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Alex Tuscanes
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Hiking

Trail can get a little confusing, we stopped when we could no longer figure out where the trail was

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Pari Jahed
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Hiking

There was a winter snow in summer here, there was lots of ice on the trail and we did not have yak tracks. Turned around and did the Tumble Creek. That was beautiful.

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Pat Burger
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Hiking

Started at 10, did almost 6 miles on Tumble creek, nice views, some hunters, not a lot of people.

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Dan Keener
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Eric Ginter
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Hiking

A nice moderate hike. We saw several other hikers on the trail but it wasn't too congested. Nice woods and a lovely creek to walk along, but if you're looking for stunning mountain views you probably want to keep looking.

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Douglas Paddock
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Audrey Lam
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Hiking

Great trail! Nice spots for the pups to cool off along the creek. Plenty of shade. Easy to miss the creek crossing, we had to double back a small amount. Nice meadow at the end. Only saw a few other people along the way. Arrived at trailhead about 9:15 and there were parking spots available.

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Linda Mays
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Hiking

Nice little trail.. easy traverse.. enjoyed just a nice walk in the woods. Definitely moose country, seen lots of signs but no moose. Can link up to many trails along the way.

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dan danny
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BackpackingGreat!

Perfect for a one night backpacking trip. Several campsites along the trail. Water access along the river. Not very much traffic. I would say moderate is a fair rating. You can take it more than 5.5 miles.

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Rachel Dahlke
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Jim Montijo
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Hiking

Nice slow climb to highest elevation. Top Meadow is really nice!

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Chris Podoll
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Hiking

Completed 7-28-2020. Started at 7:30AM and didn't encounter anyone until 2/3 of the way back. Forested and near the creek initially. Aspen prolific after creek crossing. Seemed as though it would be good for backpacking. Some areas of steeper incline, but easy to moderate overall. Good moose habitat, but no sighting.

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Diana Yu
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BackpackingMuddy

Lots of camping spots, plenty of water along the trail.

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Megan Quigley
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BackpackingMuddy
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Russ Haug
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Hiking

Fun trail for something that stays in the tree cover. Very little traffic too.

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John McNitt
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Hiking

A very nice hike which I believe will be even better in the fall when Aspen leaves are changing. Trail was not crowded, but there were some very narrow areas where being sure-footed was necessary. Water features were great and steady uphill climb made for good exercise.

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Deb Carlson Ward
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Hiking

Great trail... steep climbs and beautiful valleys. 6.2 miles in there are beaver ponds where the trout are plentiful for the fly fisher!

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R O
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Hiking

Great quick backpacking trip. No snow remaining on the trail (as of 6/20/20), easy access to fresh water, and secluded camping sites once you get to the high meadow (just under 3 miles). My Garmin said the elevation gain on the way out was 2,100, but not entirely sure that’s accurate. The second creek crossing is easy to miss, but keep your ear on the water and look for a bunch of logs crossing north-west at about 1.2 miles from trailhead. Saw lots of moose droppings, but no big wildlife. Cached bear canister was unmolested next morning (next time I might just bring a bear bag, but ask a ranger). Bit muddy in places. I recommend poles (for creek crossing and the descent through boulders). Saw lots of fish in the creek. Some beautiful meadows of wildflowers, I bet early August is just amazing for wildflower blooms. Applied bug spray to lower legs at trail head and had no issues. Ran into about 5 groups on the way up (Saturday) and 3 on the way back (Sunday). Will certainly do this one again.

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AllTrails User
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Hiking

Spectacular loop. Windy conditions can be real out here, but the elevation gain is nothing too bad. Did the 14 miles from the camp site to the loop and back and it was an all time Colorado favorite.

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Windy Hart
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Hiking

Nice trail, but missed the first crossing. There was one other person on the trail ahead of me and he missed it too, so it wasn’t just me who didn’t see it. The logs are a little sketchy and there are very few trail markers. There is plenty of shade and evidence of dispersed camping along the way. Word of caution, the road leading to the trail head was full of ruts and would be difficult for some low clearance vehicles.

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Matt Emmett
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BackpackingFloodedMuddyRocky
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Kathleen Albers
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HikingBlowdown

We actually took the trail to the left to revisit the meadow we hiked through 20 years ago. While it is only a 2 mile journey to some great campgrounds, the aspens has all blown over and the beavers had diverted the river away from the trail. Still beautiful, just not the same as in my memory. Was busy at trailhead and hungry ticks!

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Al Neill
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Hiking

Beautiful hike in the rain

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Andrew Ward
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Great hike, beautiful creek

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Holly S
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Hiking

Could not find where to cross to the tumble creek trail, trail markers would be helpful. Overall, this was trail had great views, a beautiful meadow, and a peaceful fresh creek to cool off next to

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Gregory Morton
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Hike was fine until I was hit with an off and on snow storm that caused me to cut the two day trip short. Set up my tent when the storm got too bad and stayed there for the night. Hiked out the next day but I will be back in July/August to complete the loop. Only saw two other people on the entire trip. I would give it a higher rating but the first stream crossing needs to be shored up.

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