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Best trails in Empire

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Looking for a great trail near Empire, Colorado? AllTrails has 10 great hiking trails, views trails, wildlife trails and more, with hand-curated trail maps and driving directions as well as detailed reviews and photos from hikers, campers, and nature lovers like you. If you're looking for the best trails around Eldorado Canyon State Park or Golden Gate Canyon State Park, we've got you covered. You'll also find some great local park options, like Boulder Open Space or Genesee Park. Ready for some activity? There are 7 moderate trails in Empire ranging from 1.9 to 10.4 miles and from 9,179 to 12,486 feet above sea level. Start checking them out and you'll be out on the trail in no time!
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Map of trails in Empire
Top trails (10)
#1 - Hassell Lake
Arapaho National Forest
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Length: 3.8 mi • Est. 1 h 49 m
Note: As of July 1, 2020, hikers report that this area is only accessible with a hunting or fishing license. Many users have reported difficulties getting to the trailhead during snowy conditions. This trail is best hiked between the spring and fall and proper equipment is needed during snowy conditions. FEE: $11.00Show more
#2 - Bill Moore Lake OHV Route
Arapaho National Forest
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Length: 10.4 mi
A 4WD forest service road climbs the ridge North of Empire into the Mill Creek valley and up to Bill Moore Lake. Please keep in mind this road is seasonally closed during winter. Very scenic route to high mountain lake. Great place to spend a weekend exploring network of trails and historical sites, including well-preserved Conqueror Mine. Trail connects to Red Elephant Hill, Empire Loop. Great area for ATVs and UTVs with plenty of parking at the start. For current conditions call Arapaho National Forest, Clear Creek Ranger District at (303) 567-3000.Show more
#3 - Parry Peak and Mount Bancroft
James Peak Wilderness
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Length: 13.7 mi • Est. 8 h 55 m
#4 - Ruby Gulch
Arapaho National Forest
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Length: 5.3 mi • Est. 3 h 10 m
There are 13 stream crossings and 3 trickles, one making a few yards of trail wet, but completely passable. Boots with good traction recommended. The gravel on the lower trail can be slippery on the descent.Show more
#5 - Butler Gulch Trail [CLOSED]
Arapaho National Forest
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Length: 5.5 mi • Est. 3 h 12 m
Note: due to the start of William Fork fire, on August 14, 2020, this trail is temporarily closed. Find more info here: https://inciweb.nwcg.gov/incident/6971/Show more
#6 - Current Creek Chutes
Arapaho National Forest
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Length: 1.9 mi • Est. 45 m
#7 - Stanley Mountain Trail [CLOSED]
Arapaho National Forest
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Length: 7.4 mi • Est. 4 h 11 m
Note: due to the start of William Fork fire, on August 14, 2020, this trail is temporarily closed. Find more info here: https://inciweb.nwcg.gov/incident/6971/ From Berthoud Pass parking lot cross road south to trailhead. Climb at a moderate grade to timberline. Contour along a ridge and ascend 13 switchbacks to another ridge ascent and after about 1 hour from the start reach a sign: Vasquez Peak. From here on the trail drops and rises gently all the way to Stanley Mountain. It is a beautiful cruise. Keep an eye on the sky as there is significant lightening exposure. Atop Stanley you can turn around. Note you can see the trail continue down about 1700' southeast towards Henderson Mine. A spur trail goes to the Jones Pass Road at Henderson Mine. Or you can continue back up to 12,200'' and Jones Pass. You could park a second car there for a point to point hike.Show more
#8 - Henderson Spur Trail [CLOSED]
Arapaho National Forest
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Length: 2.5 mi • Est. 1 h 33 m
Note: due to the start of William Fork fire, on August 14, 2020, this trail is temporarily closed. Find more info here: https://inciweb.nwcg.gov/incident/6971/ The Henderson Spur Trail takes you from the Henderson Mine parking area at the beginning of the Jones Pass Road to the Continental Divide Trail. The hike is a relatively easy hike as you switchback up 800 feet of elevation gain. It's mostly tree covered south facing and light to moderate traffic. Great way to access the CDT out of Empire, CO. There are two parking areas. The trailhead is at the closest one as you enter the Henderson Mine area. There's only a small sign stating 'Trail' and a standard CDT sign on the post on the north side of the road.Show more
#9 - Red Elephant Hill to Empire Loop [PRIVATE PROPERTY]
Arapaho National Forest
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Length: 12.5 mi • Est. 7 h 17 m
Although hikers and mountain bikers may use this route, it is mostly an off-road driving route. The loop eventually reaches the Empire Hilton Cabin. This route is only for 4WD vehicles with high ground clearance. Red Elephant Hill is narrow, steep and tippy in places. Empire Loop is rocky. Users have reported that the beginning of this route is on a dirt road that passes through private property.Show more
#10 - Stanley Mountain via Henderson Mine [CLOSED]
Arapaho National Forest
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Length: 7 mi • Est. 4 h 19 m
Note: due to the start of William Fork fire, on August 14, 2020, this trail is temporarily closed. Find more info here: https://inciweb.nwcg.gov/incident/6971/Show more