Second Creek Trail

MODERATE 112 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
1112 feet
ROUTE TYPE
Out & Back

dog friendly

hiking

snowshoeing

cross country skiing

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.

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.

hiking
1 day ago

8/19/17 - nice hike. Had to take several breaks going up but 1000' elevation gain is about tops of my comfort zone. Wildflower season is over I'd say, some lingering asters. Beautiful view at the very top.

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

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7 days ago

hiking
9 days ago

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

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29 days ago

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

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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.

1 month 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.

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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.

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hiking
1 month 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!