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Quick Facts

East Creek/Gift Creek Trail

Beginning Elevation: 7,700 Feet (2400.2 Meters)
Difficulty: Most Difficult
Elevation Gain: 3,800 Feet (1184.5 Meters)
Ending Elevation: 12,100 Feet (3771.8 Meters)
Length: 8.0 Miles (13.33 Kilometers) 12.8 km
Other Maps: Trails Illustrated 128 Maroon Bells, Redstone, Marble
Pets: Yes - Leashed
Trail Number: 1963
Usage: Light
USGS Maps: Redstone

Satellite and Topo Map

General Description

Gift Creek trail is one of the most challenging in the area.  It is seldom used due to it's difficulty.
Copyright: Tom Kuekes - US Forest Service
Gift Creek trail is one of the most challenging in the area. It is seldom used due to it's difficulty.
This is one of the most challenging of trails in the Maroon Bells/Snowmass Wilderness. It follows East Creek and much of the Gift Creek and rises to a spectacular pass of over twelve thousand feet. Because of its difficulty this is a seldom used trail increasing the hiker's chance of seeing a large variety of wildlife. Water is readily available but should be treated before drinking. This makes an excellent, but challenging way of returning from a hike to Avalanche or Capitol Lakes. The trail ends at the junction with the Avalanche Creek trail.

Directions from Carbondale: Travel south on Hwy. 133 for 17 miles past Carbondale to Redstone. Drive through Redstone to the north edge of town, and take the 4WD road to the east beside the last house on the right side. If you don't have a four wheel drive you must park here and walk the extra half mile to the trailhead.

Seasonal Information:
Normally Accessible: Memorial Day Weekend through Labor Day Weekend (NOTE: Snow may obstruct the trail at high elevations.) .

Current Conditions & Trip Reports

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Filed By: keith cheeseman (shawnee, KS)
Time of Day: 7:30 -8:30
Difficulty: Hard
Number of People Encountered: 0-10 ppl
Recommend to a Friend: Highly
Report: All tough, basin is a great place for lunch, cresting the bowl was the hardest part, trail not evident from the bowl ( keep left away from the seeps and drainage)
Conditions: Snow in the basin but not on the trail
Water Availability: Lots of water took plenty myself ( 1gallon)
Recommended Clothing: Took energy bars, oranges Headlamp rainshell, walking poles should have worn a hat in the basin, light trail shoes

Filed By: Bob Rankin (Carbondale, CO)
Time of Day: 10:00 AM
Length of Time: 2.5 hours
Difficulty: Hard
Number of People Encountered: 0-10 ppl
Recommend to a Friend: Highly
Report: Access road is steep uphill for a more rugged vehicle. Trail was great uphill next to beautiful water. We only went the first two miles or so.
Conditions: The trail was in great shape for early in the year

Recreation Opportunities
Activity Remarks On Site
ICON Backpacking East Creek/Gift Trail
ICON Hiking & Walking East Creek/Gift Creek Trail
ICON Horseback Riding East Creek/Gift Trail

More Information
Frequently Asked Questions
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Visitor Information:

Sopris Ranger District, 620 Main St, P.O. Box 309 , Carbondale, CO, 81623, Phone: 970-963-2266, Fax: 970-963-1012

Links to other sites:
Forest Conservancy - Current Information from Local Volunteers: Closings and Conditions


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