Hiking – Three Mile Creek


Hiking – Three Mile Creek

Three Mile Creek Trail and Beyond

  • Thu, Sep 28, 2023
  • Bobcats Section
  • Hiking
  • Adults
  • Challenging
  • Challenging
  • Mileage: 10.7 mi
  • Elevation Gain: 2,800 ft
  • High Point Elevation: 11,500 ft
  • Pace: 1.7-2 mph

Meet at the south side of the dirt area in front of The Fort Restaurant on Hwy 8 at 6:45am to organize carpools and a prompt drive away. https://goo.gl/maps/i44NuHw8Wg6JFeqG9

The first part of the trail follows the west bank of Geneva Creek north from the trailhead, then crosses Geneva Creek and the Guanella Pass road. It continues uphill from the road to Three Mile Creek, then continues northeasterly following the creek. The trail is in a valley with many stream crossings.  The stream crossings include 18 log crossings. As the route swings more toward the east, the valley gradually begins to open up into a meadow with great views of the aspens (10,600). From a point east of Spearhead Mountain, the trail begins to rise steeply away from the creek in a series of switchbacks. This adds another 800 feet with a climb up an elevation of 11,560 and a RT of 10 miles. 

At the top of the switchbacks the trail begins heading north. At this point we have an option to continue on to the Rosalie Trail.  Shortly, you emerge from the trees into open tundra. Kataka Mountain will be on your left (west) and Mount Evans and Mount Bierstadt will be ahead of you and slightly to the left. Continuing north, the trail heads to meet the Rosalie Trail.  This will add another 800 feet.


Three Mile Creek

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