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Trail: Midway Creek #1993
Region: Independence Pass area
Difficulty: difficult
Description: The trail begins to the left of the bulletin board and quickly crosses a wooden bridge. At 1/2 mile, the trail forks, Go left (the right fork goes to the Lost Man Trail) and begin the steep climb up the 18 switchbacks. Near the end of the switchbacks the trail crosses into the Hunter/Fryingpan Wilderness. Soon a path veers off to the left and leads to a scenic overlook. The trail then reaches a plateau and winds through alpine meadows on the right side of the Coleman Creek drainage. After crossing to the other side you reach Midway Pass and follow Midway Creek. Be prepared for route finding after Midway Pass. The trail passes through forest and meadows and crosses Midway Creek a couple of times. Shortly before the Hunter Creek Trail junction the trail crosses Hunter Creek. This crossing can be tricky during high spring run-offs and may even be impassable. In another 1/2 mile the trail reaches the junction with the Hunter Creek Trail. The left fork will take you uphill towards Hunter Flats. 1/4 mile beyond Hunter Flats you will reach another intersection that is signed. The right fork is the Woody Creek Trail and the left fork is the Hunter Creek Trail. In 1/2 mile, you will reach the wilderness boundary gate and a 4 wheel drive road. Follow the road to Hunter Valley and on to Aspen.
Directions: From Aspen, drive 14 miles east on Hwy 82 to parking lot across from Lost Man Campground. Trail begins on left (north) side of road on Lost Man Trail.
Map: USGS Independence Pass, Mt. Champion, Thimble Rock


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