Colorado Creek Hiking Trail

The 49th most popular hiking trail in Alaska.

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Northeast of Fairbanks in the White Mountains National Recreation Area, the Colorado Creek Trail is a 23 mile hiking route. The Colorado Creek Trail begins at the Tolovana River bridge at milepost 57 on the Elliott Highway. It follows the Duncan Creek drainage eastward approximately 13 trail miles to the boundary of the White Mountains National Recreation Area. This part of the trail goes through areas of open meadows, mixed with spruce and birch trees. From the trailhead (612 feet elevation), the trail climbs gently for about ten miles, increasing in steepness for the next three miles to a point where it breaks out on top of the ridgeline (1,625 feet). This is an old burn area that overlooks a large, open meadow with the Beaver Creek drainage and the White Mountains visible in the distance. About a half-mile past the ridgeline, the trail forks with the right trail (Big Bend Trail) leading 0.5 miles to the cabin and the left leading 9 miles to Beaver Creek.

This hiking trail leaves the Colorado Creek Trailhead at mile 57 Elliott Highway and parallels the Tolovana River and Duncan Creek drainages before crossing the ridge and entering the White Mountains NRA.

In the winter there is usually enough snow to travel this trail from November through early April. Not recommended for summer use due to wet and boggy trail conditions. Note: Moderate to heavy use by snowmobiles with moderate dog sledding and skier use. This area is open to summer use of motorized vehicles weighing less than 1,500 lbs. G.V.W..

Overall, Colorado Creek Hiking Trail is the 49th most popular hiking trail of all 54 hikes in Alaska. Several of the better hiking trails are nearby Colorado Creek Hiking Trail including Ester Dome Trails, Four Mile Ridge Trail, Upper Fossil Creek Trail, Wickersham Creek Trail, Pinnell Mountain Trail and White Mountains Summit TrailO Brien Creek Trail.


Local Contact(s):  BLM (907) 474-2200; Alaska Tourism (907) 465-2010

Recommended Book:  "Alaska Hiking Adventures" from Dean Littlepage

Best Season:  May - Sep.

Average Difficulty:  Moderate

Base Camp:  NFS Ophir Creek Campground; NFS Cripple Creek Campground; NFS Mount Prindle Campground

Luxury Loding:  Chena Hot Springs Resort (907) 452-7867; Lodge At Black Rapids, Fairbanks

Reference Source:  click here

GPS:  65.4712, -148.2623

Date Published:  5/18/2016

Date Updated:  7/26/2016

ID:  18618


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