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Brush Creek General Forest Area



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General Description

East Brush Creek Valley at Vassar Meadows
Copyright: Zander Higbie - Interactive Outdoors, Inc.
East Brush Creek Valley at Vassar Meadows
The Brush Creek General Forest Area encompasses the Brush Creek drainage south of Eagle. It includes three developed campgrounds., Yeoman Park and Fulford Cave campgrounds in East Brush Creek, and Sylvan Lake campground in West Brush Creek. It takes in the northwest portion of the Holy Cross Wilderness and has numerous wilderness and non-wilderness trails. Recreation opportunities in the Brush Creek area include but are not limited to camping, hiking, backcountry skiing, fishing, spelunking, scenic driving, four-wheel driving, and motorcycling.

Directions from Eagle: Go south up Brush Creek road to the National Forest boundary.

Directions from Vail: Travel west on I-70 to Eagle (exit #147). Turn left and drive into Eagle. Turn left on Capitol Street and follow to Brush Creek Road. Turn left and follow Brush Creek Road south to the National Forest boundary.

Directions from Beaver Creek: Travel west on I-70 to Eagle (exit #147). Turn left and drive into Eagle. Turn left on Capitol Street and follow to Brush Creek Road. Turn left and follow Brush Creek Road south to the National Forest boundary.



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Updated: 2001-06-26 09:03:00.0


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Recreation Opportunities
Activity Remarks On Site
ICON Electric Powered & Non-Motorized Boating
Yes
ICON Fishing
Yes
ICON Forest Areas Brush Creek General Forest Area
Yes
ICON Hiking & Walking
Yes
ICON Hunting
Yes
ICON Mountain Biking
Yes
ICON Picnicking
Yes



Related Activities
Crooked Creek Pass Loop - This loop south of Eagle, links Yeoman Park, Hat Creek, Crooked Creek Pass and Sylvan Lake. It is recommended for mountain bikes or high clearance, 4 wheel-drive vehicles.

Eagle-Thomasville Road (ET Road) - This scenic dirt road travels from the town of Eagle, over Crooked Creek Pass, down to Thomasville, near Ruedi Reservoir.

Firebox Park Loop Mountain Bike Trail - The Firebox Park Loop is located south of Eagle, on Hardscrabble Mountain. It consists of a 4.5 mile climb on dirt road and 4 miles of mostly descent, on jeep trail.

Fulford Cave - Fulford Cave, south of Eagle, was designated the 8th largest cave in Colorado and offers a great variety of features to explore.

Fulford Cave Campground - This small campground is located south of Eagle up East Brush Creek at an elevation of 9,400 feet.

Fulford Cave Trail - This short trail which begins at the Fulford Cave Campground leads to the entrance to Fulford Cave.

Fulford Trail Loop Mountain Bike Trail - The Fulford Trail Loop is located south of Eagle, near Yeoman Park. It consists of 5.7 miles of gradual climbing on dirt road and 3.6 miles of descent on a jeep road, the Old Fulford Trail.

Holy Cross Wilderness - Eagle Ranger District Wild - The Eagle Ranger District portion of the Holy Cross Wilderness lies to the southeast of Eagle. The different trails are accessed from either East Brush Creek or Lake Creek.

Ironedge Trail - The Ironedge Trail begins at the Fulford Cave Campground. It crosses East Brush Creek, leads up to the ridge separating the Lime and East Brush Creek drainages, then down to Lake Charles.

Lake Charles Trail - This trail south of Eagle follows East Brush Creek into the Holy Cross Wilderness, up to Lake Charles and Mystic Island Lake.

McKenzie Gulch Trail - This trail south of Eagle, winds from West Brush Creek up through a scenic aspen forest.

Newcomer Loop Mountain Bike Trail - This relatively short and easy loop is located south of Eagle, near Yeoman Park. It utilizes mostly gravel road, with a one mile portion of downhill jeep track.

Nolan Lake - Nolan Lake is a 7 acre glacial tarn, at 11,240 feet, in the Holy Cross Wilderness southeast of Eagle.

Nolan Lake Trail - This trail south of Eagle, near Fulford, leads through the Holy Cross Wilderness to Nolan Lake.

Salt Creek Trail - This trail south of Eagle travels from Salt Creek up to Dubach Meadows.

Sylvan Lake - Sylvan Lake, a 40 acre lake at 8,510 feet, offers non motorized boating opportunities, good fishing for brook and rainbow trout, and panoramic views of the surrounding alpine scenery.

Sylvan Lake Campground - This state-operated campground on the edge of scenic Sylvan Lake, sits at an elevation of 8,558 feet, and offers 50 campsites.

Yeoman Park - Up East Brush Creek, south of Eagle, Yeoman Park provides a good area for viewing scenery and wildlife activity.

Yeoman Park Campground - This scenic campground with 23 sites sits along East Brush Creek south of Eagle, at an elevation of 9,000 feet.

Yeoman Park to Fulford Cave Campground Mountain Bi - This relatively short and easy ride follows a dirt road from Yeoman Park Campground to Fulford Cave Campground.

Yoeman Park Discovery Trail - This short interpretive trail in Yeoman Park, south of Eagle, is designed to accommodate visitors with disabilities.



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Visitor Information:

Eagle Ranger District, 125 W. 5th St., P.O. Box 720 , Eagle, CO, 81631, Phone: 970-328-6388, Fax: 970-328-6448

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