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FALL CREEK TRAIL #2001

 

Length: 8.7 miles (one way)                     
Trail Use: Moderate to High
Difficulty: More Difficult                             
Open To: Hiking, Horseback
Beginning Elevation: 10,314 ft.                
Ending Elevation: 11,170 ft.
Elevation Gain: +865 ft.                             
USGS Map(s): Minturn, Mt. Holy Cross

 

Access from Vail : Take Exit 171 off I-70 for Minturn and Hwy. 24. Turn right onto Hwy.24:  

 
NORTH TRAILHEAD , proceed about 4 miles, passing through Minturn, to Tigiwon Road #707. Turn right onto Tigiwon Road and continue to the end – 8 miles of rough dirt road. Park at the parking area at the end of the road.
 
SOUTH TRAILHEAD , proceed 12 miles on Hwy. 24 to Homestake Road #703. Turn right and travel 8 miles on Homestake Road to the Holy Cross City jeep road #759. Park here and walk about 2 miles up the road to the trailhead. NOTE: This jeep road is very rough and should not be attempted unless you have a 4WD with a winch.
 
Trail Highlights : From the North Trailhead, the trail climbs gradually to Lake Constantine. After crossing Fall Creek, the trail climbs abruptly to the alpine meadows below Fall Creek Pass. Over the pass, the trail drops down to the Seven Sisters Lakes and then to Hunky Dory Lake before intersecting the Holy Cross City Jeep Road. It’s another 2 miles down to Homestake Road #703.
 
Comments : The middle portion of the trial, from Lake Constantine to Hunky Dory Lake, is less traveled. The stair step arrangement of the Seven Sisters Lakes and the towering rock cliffs around them offers rugged alpine scenery for hikers who venture farther. Many side trips can be taken from this trail such as Notch Mountain, Tuhare Lakes and the Holy Cross City site.
 

 

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