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    584 m
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    15.8 km
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    Difficult Creek Trail


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    There is nothing better than a scenic, peaceful nature walk, right? Well, the Difficult Creek Trail presents the ideal environment for a relaxing meander through enchanting woodlands along a picturesque creek. Don’t forget to charge up your phone, the stunning scenery is very Instagram-able.

    Route Description for Difficult Creek Trail

    Escape the stress of the real world and reconnect with nature along the Difficult Creek Trail. Traveling through towering, dense pines and aspen groves, the vegetation along this path provides great shade. With ample water access, this trek is ideal for your pup too—on a hot day they can even cool off in the chilly alpine creek waters. Note that sections of this trail are rocky, so make sure to wear sturdy footwear to mitigate the chances of a rolled ankle.

    Your trek along the Difficult Creek Road begins at the trailhead in the Difficult Creek Campground. From here, hikers will be guided southeast along the Difficult Creek Trail, intersecting with several streams before entering the Collegiate Peaks Wilderness. Gradually climbing from the trailhead, the path will eventually divert you south through dense woodlands interspersed with the odd aspen grove. Enjoy the verdant flora and keep an eye out for mountain views peeking through tree breaks.

    As you walk, let the relaxing sounds of the running waters and the picturesque sights distract you. You will ultimately meet the trail’s end in a mountain basin. Here you will be granted views of Mount Shimer in the east, and Richmond Hill in the west. When you are ready to head back, retrace your footing along the path all the way back to the trailhead.

    Getting to the Difficult Creek Trail Trailhead

    The Difficult Creek Trail departs from the Difficult Creek Campground off State Highway 82.

    Route Information

    • Backcountry Campground:

      Difficult Campground

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    • Pets allowed:

      Yes - On Leash

    • Family friendly:

      Older Children only

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    • Route Type:

      Out and back

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