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Gore Creek Trail

Town of Vail Hiking Information for Gore Creek Trail

Gore Creek Trail

Length: 7.0 miles (one way)  Difficulty: More Difficult

The first 4 miles of the trail climbs alongside Gore Creek. There are some short steep sections along the way. The trail winds through meadows and aspen groves which change to conifer stands as the elevation increases. At mile 4, the trail forks; crossing Gore Creek leads you over Red Buffalo Pass to Summit County (7 miles from the trailhead to Red Buffalo Pass), the left fork goes to Gore Lake (6 miles from the trailhead to Gore Lake). From the fork, both forks climb steeply though spruce and fir forest into the alpine tundra.

To avoid trampling sensitive vegetation and to prevent soil erosion, please stay on the trail at all times. Dogs are permitted, but must be kept on a leash in order to protect wildlife and the hiking experience of other trail users. This trail enters the Eagles Nest Wilderness – regulations are posted at the trailhead. For a map of the trail, please visit Hiking Project.


 Crowds: This is a very popular trail at certain times of the season and parking can be very limited. Please consider other hiking trails listed on this page if this trail is likely to be very busy.


 Access: Parking is very limited at the trailhead; do not park in undesignated areas. We strongly encourage taking the free East Vail blue line shuttle, which runs every 30 minutes, from the Vail Transportation Center to the Main Gore / Bighorn stop. Walk east 1/3 of a mile up Bighorn Road (under the overpass) and you will see the Deluge Lake Trailhead first, then Gore Creek Trailhead farther down the road.  



 Details: Including directions, a map, and other information can be found on this printable Recreation Quicksheet from the Forest Service.





Trail Adopted By: Eagle River Water & Sand District

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