Second Creek Trail

MODERATE 134 reviews
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Second Creek Trail is a 3 mile lightly trafficked out and back trail located near Winter Park, Colorado that features a river and is rated as moderate. The trail is primarily used for hiking, cross country skiing, and snowshoeing and is accessible year-round. Dogs are also able to use this trail.

DISTANCE
3.0 miles
ELEVATION GAIN
1076 feet
ROUTE TYPE
Out & Back

dog friendly

cross country skiing

hiking

snowshoeing

forest

river

views

wild flowers

The trail begins at Second Creek Trailhead along Highway 40 into gentle climbing in the forested area along Second Creek before opening up to the north near treeline and ascending 800 vertical feet. At the top of the ridge you'll pass the old Second Creek Cabin A-frame, replaced by the newer Broome Hut. Dogs are not allowed at Broome Hut.

snowshoeing
18 days ago

We snowshoed this a couple days after Christmas. Moderate traffic and plenty of snow. Views are worth the incline! Skiers and other hikers were great on the trails as well. Perfect for dogs and a quick hike.

snowshoeing
21 days ago

Got up to the hut today. The first half mile is well-packed snow and it's ideal for snowshoeing. After that the trail is mostly fluffy powder and I sank in about a foot in a number of steps. It is easy to lose the trail and be sidetracked by all the new paths created by skiers. The view from the Broome Hut is worth the trek although there was some pretty serious wind up there today.

hiking
1 month ago

There was low snow when we visited in mid December so we just booted the whole way. A little harder closer to the top, but still beautiful!

hiking
1 month ago

A winter wonderland. I took the off-road route here and decided to go off the main trail a bit. Climbed the rocks that appeared once you are through the thick of the forest and was able to get to the top - terrific 360 views. I had snow boots on and hiked with really no problem (a little slick sometimes) but there were plenty of people snowshoeing and a few skiers as well. Will definitely be going back in the summer.

2 months ago

Beautiful views.

For a flatlander struggling with mountain sickness, this was a difficult hike. Steep going up, just take breaks. Regardless of AMS making the hike a lot harder than it should have been, this was a wonderful trip. We did over 4 miles, went past the hut. The views are beautiful. You get the alpine valley with the waterfall and stream and wildflowers in addition to the beautiful surrounding mountains. Windy up top so pack accordingly. Reasonably crowded on a Sunday afternoon, we still had many moments of solitude on the trail. Dogs loved it. Water sources abound with the creeks.

hiking
4 months ago

Nice 3-ish mile hike with moderate elevation gain. Easy access right off 40 for a nice break before or after hitting up winter park. Need to go further past the Broome Hut next time to get more views. Will do this one again!

4 months ago

Nice moderate hike. Kept hiking after waterfall to top where it flattens out. Great views.

hiking
4 months ago

One of my favorite hikes to-date! Insane views.

5 months ago

What a beautiful hike. Assuming the altitude doesn't get them, great for casual (ish) visitors as it's short enough and has huge payoff on getting above the tree line quick enough for big panoramas. Gets real windy and quite cold up there, be prepared to add 1-2 layers as you ascend.

5 months ago

Love this trail! Great views of Cirque and Divide the whole way. Interesting rock formations. Steep but worthwhile.

hiking
5 months ago

Beautiful Hike, from wild flowers, to waterfall after hut, great boulders. 5 kids from 5 to 13 able to complete.

hiking
5 months ago

Beautiful trail, perfect difficulty for me, and incredible waterfall at the top which someone else mentioned. My new favorite trail!!

hiking
6 months ago

This is a fabulous hike just South of Winter Park. Initially steep, the trail then becomes less difficult. After the Broome hut, continue for spectacular waterfall views and lovely snow fields just below the Continental divide. This is a winner.

6 months ago

Did this last Sunday (7/9). Very pretty hike just south of winter park, about 8 miles or so. You can hear traffic a bit for at least the first part of the trail as the TH is right off 40. There is a pretty stream running to your left very close to the trail with a few paths over to see. The incline is pretty good but if you take your time or keep a steady pace, it's a fairly short distance to the hut at the top (1.5 miles). Views to the right once you reach the but are nice, if you follow the path onwards past the hut there is a nice small, rocky waterfall about 100 yards or so. Overall easy hike, even with the incline. Nice for a quick hike.

hiking
6 months ago

Very nice track. Not super challenging but you can stretch it out to add distance and difficulty once you get to the top. Once there, I recommend turning East (right) and climbing the rock summit. The extra 200+ feet of elevation adds quite a bit to the panoramic views.

hiking
6 months ago

Such a beautiful trail! It's a bit steep to start off, but levels off closer to the end of the trail. Stunning view at the top of the mountain range. Not too difficult of a hike and wasn't very busy either! Picnic table and bathroom at top of the trail!

hiking
6 months ago

Gorgeous trail right off Berthoud Pass, which is the reason I gave it 4 stars. I don't like hearing traffic while hiking, and I heard it for most of the way up and down :( I like the creek and trees here, and the views are incredible! It's an uphill trail, for sure, and even though I've lived here a year and hike multiple times a week, I still got fairly winded and had to stop to catch my breath quite a lot. 11,000 feet is no joke!

I also didn't see a lot of people, but I did head up around 4:00PM. Yes, I know about afternoon storms, but sometimes clouds don't produce thunder and lightening, so I waited to make sure I was safe :) Also, I'll second what another reviewer said: make sure to go behind the Broome Hut and see that stream with waterfalls. Happy hiking!

6 months ago

lil steep. great scenery. worth it?

6 months ago

Cool trail .

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