Back County Hiking Trail in Winter Park, Colorado

Elk Creek Trail

Moderate Trail

Elk Creek

Extremely Difficult | 19.5 miles | +3,712 ft

This loop ride climbs over 3,500 vertical feet on a relatively equal mix of dirt road and ATV trail. Some of the climbs are steep and technical, but the majority are moderate. There are several opportunities to shorten the ride if time or energy is waning.  

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  • 0.0 miles- Start at “Fraser Outdoor Activity Center”, cross and head south US Hwy 40 for .05 miles.
  • .05 miles- Right on “Co Rd 72” dirt road for 2.7 miles.
  • 2.7 miles- Left on “Elk Meadow” trail for 1 mile.
  • 3.7 miles- Right on “D2” dirt road for .6 miles.
  • 4.3 miles- Right on “FS 158” dirt road for .3 miles.
  • 4.6 miles- Left on “Sunken Bridges/ FS 886.2” for 1.2 miles.
  • 5.8 miles- Cross “FS 159” and continue up “FS 891.2/Elk Creek” for 1.8 miles.
  • 7.6 miles- Left on “Elk Creek Loop” trail for 1.1 miles.
  • 8.7 miles- Veer right and continue on “Elk Creek Loop” trail for 4.0 miles.
  • 12.7 miles- Turn left on “Elk Creek/ FS 891.2” for 1.8 miles.
  • 14.5 miles- Turn left on “FS 159” dirt road for .7 miles.
  • 15.2 miles- Turn right on “Zoom” single track for 1.0 miles.
  • 16.2 miles- Continue straight on “Chainsaw” single track for .7 miles.
  • 16.9 miles- Turn left on “Co Rd 72” dirt road for 2.4 miles.
  • 19.3 miles- Turn left at “US Hwy 40” for .2 miles. Cross at “Fraser Outdoor Activity Center.”
  • 19.5 miles- End of ride.

Mountain Biking in Winter Park, Colorado

Mountain Biking in Winter Park, Colorado

Mountain Biking on trails above Winter Park

Mountain Biking in Winter Park, Colorado