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Rolling Creek Trail via Colorado Trail

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Lost Creek Wilderness

Rolling Creek Trail via Colorado Trail is a 12.9 mile moderately trafficked out and back trail located near Bailey, Colorado that features a river and is rated as difficult. The trail offers a number of activity options and is best used from May until October. Dogs and horses are also able to use this trail.

Length 12.9 mi Elevation gain 3,969 ft Route type Out & Back
Dog friendly Backpacking Camping Hiking Horseback riding Nature trips Bird watching Running Forest River Views Wild flowers Wildlife
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Marv H
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HikingRockySnow

Very nice trail, not too difficult but it is a climb. Lost the trail in the snow somehow near the end, but found it again. Snow near 10k', used microspikes and had no issues at all. You could actually do it will boots with good souls, but mine are worn. Dog loved LOVED the snow, so she had a great time as well. Did see any people on the trail until I was almost done.

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Derek Bonk
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Shannon Corpora
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Hiking

This trail was exactly what I was looking for: a long, dogged walk in the woods. From the lower lot to the Wigwam trail intersection and back, I clocked it at 13.9 miles. The first three miles are easy, then it goes steeply uphill until Rolling Creek pass. No views, this is strictly a woodsy walk, but it was lovely and quiet - a great trail if you're seeking solitude. The hardest part was definitely the walk back uphill from Wigwam - as others have said, there's no real reason to descend to Wigwam unless you're backpacking or if you just want the satisfaction of having done the entire trail (I'm trying to hike every trail in the Lost Creek Wilderness, so I did the whole thing but that walk back up was brutal). Some great camping spots at the top of Rolling Creek pass. No water once you get past maybe 3.5 or 4 miles so plan accordingly (we filtered on the way back down). You could make a fantastic 6-mile trail run out of this if you did 3 miles in, 3 miles back - it's very flat and soft. Tons of dispersed camping options available on the dirt road in but they were packed so I'd image you have to get there early for a spot.

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Frank Guerra
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HikingBridge out

Beautiful trail. I didn't see another human the whole time. But it's a steep one. Like harder than most of the 14ers I've done. Loved it.

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Katy K-G
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BackpackingGreat!

We only went about 3.5 miles in on this trail and then camped for the weekend. It was great! We found a lovely site that had clearly been used before. Nice and flat and open but also shade from pine trees. Very very few bugs and we had hummingbird visitors! We saw a cute weasel/ermine bouncing through the forest at the beginning of the trail as well. Note: We camped near where the trail suddenly goes very steep and at that point you've gone past six stream crossings. The first four were either bone dry or barely moving. All was well when we hit the fifth and sixth that had plenty of flow, but don't plan on being able to filter water before that.

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Micahlynn Kaza
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Horseback riding

Great trail for an evening horseback ride or a shorter ride on a hot summer day! The whole trail is shaded and in the forest with several creek crossings to cool down and offer your horse a drink. This is a trail I would ride again and the views of the cool rock formations surrounding the area were awesome! The trail is good for about 2-3 miles in then gets real steep / rocky and not as horse-friendly. We turned around at that point since we were also running out of daylight.

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Matt Petti
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Hiking

Day hiked this and it was a pleasant, fairly challenging hike. Almost the entire trail is in the trees, so plenty of shade which was welcomed with the warm temperatures today. Fairly frequent access to water along the way up, with some pretty great looking campsites at the peak (although you’d have to hike down maybe 0.25 miles to get to water). Downside of being in the trees is that there’s not a lot of variety with the scenery. We spent most of Saturday on the trail and we only passed 3-4 groups, so it was nice to feel like we had the trail to ourselves. Side note: there is a second parking lot further up the hill from the main lot next to the road, as long as you have a fairly high clearance vehicle to get to it.

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ray higashi
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BackpackingBugs

Great trail for overnight backpacking. It's a steep incline after 3 or so miles to get to the top. It's very woody and a few creeks here and there. There is a good camping spot at the top of the mountain where it flattens out, but you should grab some water before you summit. There were a lot of mosquitoes so make sure to put on bug spray. There were a few fallen trees on the trail and a collapsing bridge but nothing insurmountable. You have to submit a self issuing permit for this so forest service can track usage.

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Anthony Ferriello
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BackpackingGreat!

This was a great early season hike. There was no snow to speak of. The first 3 miles are pretty mild and then you climb, and climb. Make sure if you plan to camp to grab water while you can. We made it to the top of the first major incline and had to backtrack to filter water. The views are mostly in the first few miles after the trailhead but they are gorgeous. You spend most of the hike in a beautiful forest. The 6 miles to the top of the first pass was a great one nighter option.

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S Bailey
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Bugs

Hiked 13-14 June. Good training hike as the season's first backpacking trip. Don't forget your mosquito repellent. If you lost a set of tent poles, I picked them up. Drop me a note.

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Bria Schecker
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Hiking

Only did the first 3 miles or so - stopped just before it got really steep. Beautiful trail with few people.

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Kelly Maddox
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Hiking

The first 2.5 miles of this trail made for a nice trip with our 4 and 6 year old. A few easy stream crossings and lots of boulders to scramble on.

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Petr Bela
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Hiking

not very scenic but otherwise pretty nice

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ETB Travel Photography
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Hiking

I used the Pike National Forest Colorado Recreational Guide when deciding on hiking this trail which claims it is an easy 8 miler. NOT! The first 3 miles are easy, and then the trial ascends steeply. And it is far more than 8 miles RT to the summit. More like 11. I should have looked at this app first! The summit has NO view, and I don't see the reason to descend down to Wigwam trail unless you are backpacking as otherwise you have to turn around and go back up. Parts of the canyon and rock formations are lovely, but I'd just do a 6 mile RT or so as the views don't really improve in the forest. More info and pics https://etbtravelphotography.com/2020/06/21/roadtrip-to-the-rockies-shelf-lake-and-rolling-creek/

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Willy Ruchotzke
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Hiking

Hiked Monday, May 18. Ran into many more people than on nearby trails (Meridian and Tanglewood in Mt. Evans Wilderness). Getting to the trailhead requires ~3-4 miles on a dirt road. Definitely doable but kind of annoying in a sedan. First 3.5 miles are very easy and have some okay views but nothing spectacular. The climb up to the pass is intense (~1,000 ft/mile). Trail was easy to follow until it disappeared into a large snow drift about 0.4 miles from the top. I turned back to avoid losing the trail. Wouldn't be surprised if it's easily passable in a few days to a week.

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Alex Geller
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HikingOff trailSnow

Tough climb to the top and not too crowded. But what everyone has failed to mention is that you don't even get a view once you summit and very few along the way. I didn't go all the way to Wigwam as there were snowfields (5/17/20) around 4.5 miles in that you have to post-hole through or walk around and try to regain the trail which is slow and tedious. The best view in this area is 2.4 easy miles in.

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christian greene
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Hiking

Beautiful trail! Went up around mid afternoon Friday and didn’t see another soul. Perfectly peaceful. Found a great secluded campsite a little over a mile in.

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Renée Hoffman
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Hiking

Great trail! Some icy spots in places but, manageable. Minimal people. Only went 3.5 miles in. Easy hike.

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Alyssa A
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HikingIcySnow

GPS wasn't working too hot. Trail was awesome! Lots of snow after the Wilderness sign, about 3 miles in. I postholed for 2 more miles them turned back because the snow got too deep.

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Susan Krafcheck
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HikingRockySnow

Great day for a hike. Limited people hiking on trail with a few dogs off leash. (Not really the best idea In bear and lion territory.) Mostly dry but as you hit the wilderness border snow packed and slushy in spots. Just happened to have yak trax for this occasion. Lots of creeks to cross and several fallen trees. Also, looks like some tree cutting in areas going on.

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Jen Deir
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Hiking

Only did the first few miles, but the trail was great—dry in some spots and snow packed in others. Beautiful and serene, saw very few people and had a great afternoon.

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Brendan Reed
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Snow

snow packed trail on and off the whole hike. if anyone sees a pair of black minimalism shoes on the dirt road about 3 miles before reaching the trailhead, please let me know at brquinn7@gmail.com, they fell out of my car :(

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Andrew VanRysseghem
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Christine Miller
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HikingIcySnow
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Melissa Wahlers
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Hiking

Very nice trail. First 3.5 miles is fairly easy, but then the difficult part afterwards. Not easy whatsoever. Some great views throughout, stream crossings weren’t hard for myself or pup. Saw some good foliage!

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