FALL CREEK TRAIL #2001
8.7 miles (one way)
Trail Use: Moderate to High
Open To: Hiking, Horseback
Ending Elevation: 11,170 ft.
USGS Map(s): Minturn,
Access from Vail
Take Exit 171 off I-70 for Minturn and Hwy. 24. Turn right onto Hwy.24:
, 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.
, proceed 12 miles on Hwy. 24 to
Homestake Road #703. Turn right and travel 8 miles on
Homestake Road to the
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.
From the North Trailhead, the trail climbs gradually to
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
Lakes and then to
Lake before intersecting the
Holy Cross City Jeep Road. It’s another 2 miles down to
Homestake Road #703.
The middle portion of the trial, from
Lake, is less traveled. The stair step arrangement of the
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
Lakes and the