Williams Creek Trail

MODERATE 10 reviews
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Williams Creek Trail is a 6.1 mile lightly trafficked out and back trail located near Lake City, Colorado that features beautiful wild flowers and is rated as moderate. The trail offers a number of activity options and is best used from June until October. Dogs and horses are also able to use this trail.

DISTANCE
6.1 miles
ELEVATION GAIN
1417 feet
ROUTE TYPE
Out & Back

dog friendly

kid friendly

backpacking

birding

camping

hiking

nature trips

trail running

walking

horseback riding

forest

wild flowers

wildlife

blowdown

muddy

rocky

snow

15 days ago

Beautiful day to hike William's Creek Trail! We forgot to download the map and of course there is no service in the valley. Even if we'd had the map, I don't think it would have helped us. The All Trails app says that at 6.1 miles, the trail stops but backpackers said that you could take it to the Continental Divide Trail. And our Gazetteer map shows that we could have gone as far as a lake just below the CDT if we had gone about 2 miles further. As it was, I think we went in about 6 miles - crossed two pretty good-sized rivers and passed through three large, gorgeous meadows. Great day!

Hiked on July 28. Steep uphill climb at first 1.5 miles. Gets easier after that thru nice meadows. At split between two trails we stayed left. At 3 miles nice Creek that my group played in. We turned around and went back at that point.

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Friday, July 08, 2016

Great hike with some beautiful views. The look down the canyon at about 1.5 miles in on the switchbacks is great! About 3.5 miles in there was a pretty deep creek crossing, getting shin deep was unavoidable. Went about 4.5 miles in before turning around for the out and back.

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Sunday, September 20, 2015

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Wednesday, September 16, 2015

This is one of our favorite trails. It is great for out-and-back hikes, or your may connect to Alpine Gulch on top and go down the other side of the mountain.

WARNING: Many hikers will tell you to "just follow the cairns" to connect to Alpine Gulch. We tried this last year and ended-up bush-wacking off the mountain until we finally found the Alpine Gulch trail. Our error was not taking a map, and the map on our Garmin GPS did not connect the two trails. Thankfully the GPS did allow us to plot a course that connected to a portion of Alpine Gulch which allowed us to get off the mountain. Local Search and Rescue guys say that this is a common trail where hikers get lost on top of the mountain. This would be a bad place to be lost when a storm rolls-in, as there is no quick and easy escape.

The view above the tree line from Williams Creek is FANTASTIC. Several gulch crossings were steep and covered with snow when we went, but we managed the crossings without incident. We saw the largest coyote ever... or possibly a black wolf... but everyone says that there are no wolves in this area.

There are numerous creek crossings along the Alpine Gulch side, so be prepared to get wet or cross with care.

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Wednesday, June 25, 2014

Great trail. Beautiful views. Easy walk but there are a loud of downed trees from the bark beetles. It's still a great hike.

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Sunday, May 12, 2013

Nice, easy trail overall. Babbling brook along side - wonderful to listen to while walking. We went May 11, 2013 - no snow but ice still in creek. Dogs allowed. Great vistas of surrounding terra.