Rolling Creek Trail Via Colorado Trail

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Rolling Creek Trail Via Colorado Trail is a 7.1 mile lightly trafficked out and back trail located near Pine, Colorado that features a river and is rated as difficult. The trail offers a number of activity options and is best used from March until October.

DISTANCE
7.1 miles
ELEVATION GAIN
1272 feet
ROUTE TYPE
Out & Back

birding

camping

hiking

nature trips

trail running

walking

forest

river

views

wild flowers

wildlife

3 days ago

13 days ago

hiking
25 days ago

This hike rocked! Such a cool landscape with lots of pine stands to walk through. Thick and thin pine and spruce stands, a decent off the trail scramble, and a soft ascent over a hill at the end. Is a decently leisurely hike that doesn't involve a whole lot of fitness. Was rather snowy at the top but didn't let that stop me!

1 month ago

Fun hike. Dog friendly.

backpacking
1 month ago

Hiked this trail this past Saturday/Sunday, had the intentions of making it up to trail junction with wigwam. There were no footprints in the snow after the last creek crossing. Some of the lower parts of the the last hill was not bad for snow cover but the higher you go the deeper it seemed to get. Ranged from knee to waist deep snow up this section of trail still. Made 3/4 of the way up the hill before we could no longer spot any more oblivious signs of a trail. Fun hike, exposed trail was pretty well maintained. Will be great to do the whole thing once it thaws out. As others have said the up hill past the last creek crossings is much harder hiking.

hiking
2 months ago

walking
3 months ago

Moderate to easy trail for the first 3 miles. After that it gets pretty dicey climbing over a good size hill. Suggest you take the first half and return unless you like climbing on your hands & knees.

hiking
4 months ago

Fair amount of snow near the end of the trail. Recommend AWD to get to the trailhead and possibly snowshoes while hiking, but at least yak trax XTR or equivalent trail spikes for maximum traction, especially on the bridges

trail running
6 months ago

This was a nice incline for trail running, just enough of a challenge and like others said, you pass over several steams which are pretty. Pretty well maintained trail, but then again I'm not too picky, I hopped over one tree that has fallen but that's kind of part of the experience if you ask me haha. Anyway, I ran 3 miles in and ran into one couple who said it goes on for many miles further past that. I decided to stop 3 miles in as I was short on time to keep exploring. Great day hike! Be careful on the road in. Pike national forests roads are badly washed so my Subaru made it but it was slow going; 4WD vehicles went much faster.

6 months ago

backpacking
8 months ago

hiking
Tuesday, July 07, 2015

I completed this trail for a quick overnight backpacking trip. It was deceptively easy for the first couple miles...then quickly gets steep. Worth it, as it was a beautiful hike. Great campsite and open meadow (small but really pretty) at the top, about 1.5 miles from the Wigwam trail intersection. Lots of downed trees and someone fell through one of the foot bridges (she was ok) and made crossing the largest part of the creek pretty tricky. I'm not sure if it was maintainers or a courteous hiker, but someone marked the trail with three rocks...perfect little cairns just when I needed them! There was several times I wouldn't have known where the trail was without that...so, thank you to whomever did that!!

Monday, May 18, 2015

Great trail for a day hike or backpacking. After the first few miles it gets pretty steep. The trail could use some maintenance as there were a lot of large trees that had fallen over the path and several of the water crossings had rotted out. There are some great spots to camp in the back country and the views down into the valley are beautiful.

hiking
Saturday, July 12, 2014

The first two and half miles are fairly moderate but the rest is all uphill. One of the most unique trails I've ever hiked. Well worth the work. Great campsite at the top.