Turret Creek-FDT 1832
Trail Use: High
Length: 7.75 miles
Elevation: Starts at 8009 ft, ends at 11,191 ft, highest point 11,224 ft
Elevation Gain: +3182 feet
Open To: Hiking, horseback riding
Travel 13 miles west of Eagle on I-70 to the Dotsero exit and follow the signs for Sweetwater/Burns by turning north onto the Colorado River Road. Follow the
Trail Highlights : This trail provides good access to the Flat Tops Wilderness, with the 3220 foot elevation gain spread out over the entire course. The trail begins in a dry area with scrub oak, and then follows Turret Creek, passing through stands of aspen and grassy meadows. The trail then enters lodgepole pine and passes through Turret Meadows at 4 1/2 miles; from here the trail steepens as it climbs the ridge of the White River Plateau. The trail ends at the junction with Turret-Crescent-FDT 2269 and Shingle Peak– FDT 2042. Wildlife may be visible along the trail and in Turret Meadows in the morning and evening including mule deer, black bear, elk, coyotes, grouse, beaver, ermine and mink. Turret Meadows offers an incredible array of wildflowers such as lupines, sunflowers, paintbrushes, phlox and penstemon, especially during the early summer months.