Length: 3.25 miles (one way) Trail Use: High
Difficulty: More Difficult Open To: Hiking, Horseback
Beginning Elevation: 8,608 ft. Ending Elevation: 10,788 ft.
Elevation Gain: +2,180 ft. USGS Map(s): Vail East
Access from Vail
Travel east on I-70 to exit 180, exit here and turn right onto the south frontage road.
Proceed 1 mile to
The first 1/2 mile of the trail climbs steeply out of the
Attractions: The Bighorn Creek Trail is less steep than the other East Vail trails. Just before mile 2 and past a large fern grove, there is a side trail to an overlook down the steep drop to Bighorn Creek. This point makes a good destination for short hikes. The cabin is unlocked to offer shelter for hikers. Please respect this private property and help protect it for others to use and enjoy.