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ACCESS: A) Lower Access: Take the Hunter Creek Bus which
stops across from the trailhead parking; or drive north on Mill
Street and bear left onto Red Mountain Road. Take the next right
onto Lone Pine Road after crossing the bridge. Trailhead parking
is on the left. The Pitkin County Public Trail begins just behind
the housing development. Signs are posted.
B) Upper Access: Drive north on Mill Street, bear left onto Red
Mountain Road and follow for 1.1 miles to Hunter Creek Road.
Turn Right onto Hunter Creek Road and follow for 0.3 miles to a
blue sign for Hunter Creek parking, just before the stone pillars.
Turn left following the signs to the parking lot.
This narrative is from the lower access (the upper access
merges with the lower portion at the Benedict Bridge). The trail
goes down steps to a walkway that follows Hunter Creek,
gradually ascending to the Benedict Bridge. The trail ascends
steeply until reaching the Forest Service boundary and the
Hunter Valley meadow. Cross Hunter Creek at the 10th Mountain
Bridge and head right 1/8 mile to the Hunter Creek Trail sign on
The trail ascends steeply and meets again with the 4WD road.
Follow the road toward Van Horn Park staying right on the single
track (the 4WD road goes to the McNamara Hut). The single
track continues for less than a mile overlooking Hunter Valley
before meeting again with the 4WD road in Van Horn Park. Turn
right and follow the road for about 2 miles before reaching a
gate announcing the Hunter/Fryingpan Wilderness boundary.
At 7 miles the trail reaches the intersection with the Woody
Creek Trail. Take a right to continue on the Hunter Creek Trail, or
access the Midway Creek Trail (left is the Woody Creek Trail).
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