A challenging day hike to the Avalanche Creek divide or a backpack to Avalanche Creek. This little-known trail climbs high over the valley wall above the Crystal River to provide access into the Avalanche Creek drainage. Though steep and challenging, it rewards visitors with fine vistas of the high, granite peaks that make up the western end of the Elk Mountains. Wildflowers are abundant in the alpine meadows, and wildlife watchers have an excellent chance of spotting elk or bighorn sheep on the north side of the divide. The high pass above East Creek makes an ideal day hike destination. Backpackers should note that the trail down Gift Creek to the Avalanche Creek valley is fairly primitive, and the ford of Avalanche Creek may be impassable during early summer.
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Directions to: East Creekprint directions
Trail Statistics & Information
|Elevation Gain||7,710 ft|
|Season||Mid-July to mid-October|
|Trailhead Elevation||7,700 ft|
|Top Elevation||12,120 ft|
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