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Trail: East Creek/Gift Creek #1963
Region: Crystal River Valley
Difficulty: strenuous
Description: This is one of the most challenging of our trails in the Maroon Bells/Snowmass Wilderness. It follows East Creek and much of the Gift Creek and rises to a spectacular pass of over twelve thousand feet. Because of its difficulty this is a seldom used trail increasing the hiker's chance of seeing a large variety of wildfife. Water is readily available but should be treated before drinking. This makes an excellent, but challenging way of returning from a hike to Avalanche or Capitol Lakes. The trail ends at the junction with the Avalanche Creek trail.
Directions: From Carbondale, drive south on Hwy 133 for 17 miles to Redstone. Drive through Redstone to north edge of town and take 4WD road to the east beside the last house on the right. Without 4WD, park here and walk .5 mile to trailhead.
Map: USGS Redstone


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