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 Meadow Creek - Salt Lick Loop

Length: Approx. 5 miles one way (see description for details)
Highlights: 
Mining ruins, towering aspen, views of Peaks One, Grays and Torreys
Difficulty Rating:
Beginner
Elevation Gain: Approx 700'


Directions:

From Silverthorne, Drive I-70 west to Frisco exit 203. As you exit onto the traffic circle, take the dirt road that leaves the circle on the west side and parallels the interstate. Parking and the trailhead are about a half mile.

Right: Glimpse of Lake Dillon & Frisco as you continue
your ascent to Lily Pad Trail.

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 Below:
Just beginning our ascent, Peak One in the background.


 

 

Description:

While warm in July and August, this is a great early and late season hike or as a "tune-up" for more challenging treks later.

The trail begins a steady ascent for about .6 of a mile to a junction with Lily Pad Trail. Take the Lily Pad Trail (on your right) and soon you wil lbe treated to the sights and sounds of Meadow Creek, a footbridge, and great vistas of Frisco, Lake Dillon and fourteeners Gray's and Torrey's. As you continue the ascent the vistas keep getting better! Also, look for Peak One as it towers above Mt. Royal and Victoria to the south.

Soon, the trail leaves the creek and ascends a small rise leading to the first of two lakes. Follow the trail between the two lakes around the second lake on your right (north). Continue for a half mile on the trail past the second lake (really just a small pond covered with lilies) to the junction with the Salt Lick Trail. Here the trail begins its descent into Salt Lick Gulch.

Above: An old mine shoot you will encounter about a half of a mile into the hike.

Above: beautiful skies and cloud formations blanket the view into Dillon and Lake Frisco.

Near the bottom of the gulch look for a footbridge on your left to cross the stream and continue to the Salt Lick trailhead. (See our description of the Salt Lick Trail).

At the trailhead continue a short distance to Ryan Gulch Road, cross the road, turn right and you arrive at the Summit Stage stop(right in front of the Wildernest Center) which will give you a free lift back to Frisco exit 203.
 

Above: A shot of the towering Aspen and view alongside the trail (inset).
Above: An old mine shoot you will encounter about a half of a mile into the hike.

The Summit Stage generally runs every half hour (call 970-668-0999 for details.)

As always, we suggest picking up a copy of a topo map of Summit Co. to help locate landmarks and further enhance the fun of your hike. Click on our link to Weber's Book store in Breckenridge on our home page to order your copy.


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Above: Meadow Creek.  

 

   

 

 
  beginner intermediate advanced
    Black Powder Pass   Mohawk Lake   Quandary Peak  14,265'
    Lily Pad   Chihuahua Gulch   Lincoln & Bross 14,291' / 14,177'
    St. John's   Mt. Royal   Bierstadt Peak 14,060'
    Mayflower Gulch   Wheeler Lakes   Willow & Salmon Lakes
    Loveland Pass   Radical Hill Trail   Upper Crystal Lake
    Salt Lick Trail   McCullough Gulch   Gray's & Torrey's 14,278' / 14,267'
    Mesa Cortina Trail   Mt. Sniktau   Mt. Democrat 14,152'
    St. Mary's Glacier   North Ten Mile Trail   Mt. Victoria
    Sally Barber Mine   Willow Falls  

Mt. Elbert  14,433'

    Oro Grande Trail   Eaglesmere Lakes   Buffalo Mountain  12,777'
    Meadow Creek-Salt Lick   Mosquito Pass   Eccles Pass
    Shrine Mountain Trail   Webster Pass   Mt. Huron  14,003'
    Ptarmigan Trail   Ptarmigan via Wilder Gulch    
    Peaks Tr. Barton Gulch   Wheeler Lake - Park County    
    Hoosier Pass Loop   Lenawee Trail    

 

  Spruce Creek Loop   Nightmare on Baldy Mine    
    Tenderfoot Mountain Trail        
   

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