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Glacier Creek Trail

Intermediate/Difficult
 4.0 (6)

A tranquil trail that descends from the Glacier Gorge Trailhead to Glacier Basin Campground.


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Map Key

6.0

Miles

9.6

KM

Point to Point

9,182' 2,799 m

High

7,992' 2,436 m

Low

295' 90 m

Up

1,463' 446 m

Down

6%

Avg Grade (3°)

34%

Max Grade (19°)

Dogs No Dogs

Features Birding · Lake · River/Creek · Views · Waterfall · Wildflowers · Wildlife

Description

If traveling from the Glacier Gorge Trailhead, this trail descends for the vast majority of its overall distance. Start with a quick climb before gradually descending into Prospect Canyon. Along the way, be on the lookout for numerous waterfalls that may or may not be flowing depending on the time of year.

Traveling northeastward, the first junction encountered will be with the Boulder Brook Trail. Shortly thereafter, Storm Pass Trail will enter from the south (right). Finally, the Emerald Mountain Trail will also branch off to the right and climb steeply up the southern flank of Emerald Mountain.

Flora & Fauna

RMNP is a massive park that is mostly characterized by a montane ecosystem. Here are some of the Flora and Fauna that you may encounter along this trail:

Flora: Ponderosa pine, douglas fir, wildflowers, shrubs
Fauna: Elk, mule deer, moose, bighorn sheep, coyotes, black bears, cougars, butterflies.

For more detailed information regarding the park's diverse ecosystems, click HERE.

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Brian Smith

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  4.0 from 6 votes

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in Bear Lake

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Photos

Family of snowshoers enjoying Black Friday
Nov 28, 2015 near Estes Park, CO
Springtime snow on the Glacier Creek Trail.
Apr 18, 2017 near Estes Park, CO
The NPS Boundary signs help with finding the snow-covered trail.
Apr 18, 2017 near Estes Park, CO
Alex hops across a creek
Jan 30, 2015 near Estes Park, CO
Glacier Gorge trailhead
Feb 26, 2015 near Estes Park, CO

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Aug 9, 2019
Brooke S
2.1mi — 1h 00m
Aug 7, 2019
Robert De Rose
2h 30m
Jul 28, 2019
Rob A.
Jul 19, 2019
Dan Stewart
Mar 17, 2019
Greg Collette
Heavy wet snow.
Sep 5, 2018
Elizabeth Falkenberg
We did not just do this trail but a few off shots
Aug 18, 2018
Josh Boyles
2mi
Jul 12, 2017
Joe Coon