Indian Creek Trail at Mount Evans Wildlife Areaby Mary Norton
Trail Length1 mile (portion of Indian Creek Tr #41 - first section)
This portion of Indian Creek trail is a peaceful and easy amble through pine forest, Aspen grove, grassy meadow and creek side scenery.
From the trailhead, you will begin by hiking uphill on a fire road. There is a gate across it to keep out motorized vehicles. This is the only incline on the trail.
After reaching the top of the hill you will move down to the creek which is a fly fisherman’s peaceful getaway. The trail (jeep ruts) runs beside the creek for about ½ mile. As the trail (the fire road) reaches the creek, turn right and follow the creek a couple hundred yards to the picnic table under the big pine. This is the end of this section of the Indian Creek Trail. It is a great place to eat. We turn around and head back to the trailhead.
If you want a longer trail in the area, go to the Lost Creek Trail #42 (for more information click the National Forest Service website).
Restrooms available at trailhead.
Note: Public access to Mt. Evans Wildlife Area prohibited Jan.1-June 14. (hunting season). For more information on this area click State Wildlife Areas.
Alongside the peaceful creek in the tress at the end of the trail is a lone picnic table under a huge shady pine tree. This is a great area to eat and to toss a Frisbee or just enjoy the sound of the water.
From Jct I-70 and C-470 approximately 40 minutes.
DirectionsFrom Denver, take I-70 W to Evergreen Parkway exit and go 6 miles S on Hwy.74 to Evergreen Lake. Turn right on Upper Bear Creek Rd. and go 6.5 miles to CR.480. Go right on CR 480 for 3 miles to property (Colorado Division of Wildlife – Mount Evans State Wildlife Area – Elk Preserve). The trailhead is located near the restroom and the dirt parking lot – to the left of the parking lots is a fire road with a gate across it – this is the beginning of your trail.For access to the Lost Creek Trail #42, continue to the right on FR 195 to trailhead.
AttractionsAs you travel on Upper Bear Creek Rd. (just past Evergreen Lake) you will see Evergreen Golf Course. There is also a great restaurant there called Keys on the Green. You will definitely eat a great meal there with indoor and outdoor dining at reasonable prices!! There is a menu posted outside so you can check-out the food ahead of time.Another local option for dining is on main street (Jct Hwy 73 and Hwy 74 just past Evergreen Lake) where you will find Beau Jo’s Pizza (a Colorado favorite) and Baskin Robbins 31 Flavors Ice Cream!!
About Mary Norton, Contributor of this Hike
Mary grew up hiking in Colorado, so she knows all the best places to go! With a family of 6 children and no lack of enthusiasm for the outdoors, Mary is well qualified to give you tips and hike spots that will challenge you as well as delight your whole family. Whether you have kids, dogs, or are just looking to enjoy nature by yourself, Mary will show you where to go to find what you are looking for.Check out my Google+ page