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 North Ten Mile Trail

Length: 4 miles roundtrip to Eagles Nest Wilderness Boundary, 7 miles roundtrip to Gore Trail Junction
Pristine mountain stream, open meadows, beaver ponds,
wildflowers, Gore Range views, dense forest.
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Elevation Gain: About 700' to Eagles Nest Wilderness boundary, Approx. 1100' to Gore Range Trail Junction

Take I-70 west to Frisco and exit 201. Turn right into the parking lot as you exit where you will see the clearly marked trailhead.

This is a great hike for anyone looking for the sense of
isolation, serenity and wonder that comes from a true wilderness experience.

As you begin your hike, the trail branches off on several occasions - generally the lower branches lead

Above: An SCE explorer stands at the trail head and sign.

 Below: A view of the trail as it weaves through the aspen -pine forest after the first quarter mile.

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down to the creek that parallels the trail. If you wish to stay on the main trail follow the old adage "when in doubt, go higher" and you will discover that after a fairly steep and rocky first mile, the trail levels off.
Near the end of the first mile look for beaver ponds hat appear in the meadows on your left. The trail provides many opportunities to explore the sometime raging, eventually meandering, North Ten Mile Creek. With most of the elevation gain behind  you, the trail levels off to provide a pleasant stroll through a lush aspen-pine forest. Off to the southwest you'll see glimpses of the Gore Range. Is that snow capped Uneva Peak in the distance ?? - National Geographic's Trail Illustrated Map of "Vail Frisco and Dillon" will help identify this and other landmarks.
Above: This shot was taken about one-half mile after crossing into the Eagles Nest Wilderness Area. Note the closer view of Uneva Peak in the background. SCE recommends picking up the map at Weber's Book Store on Main St. in Breckenridge if you do not already have it.

Below: This photo shows the boundary of Eagles Nest Wilderness about 2 miles from the trailhead. As you cross the boundary, the trail narrows and the forest becomes more dense..


At two miles you will cross the Eagles Nest Wilderness Boundary. You may turn around at this point or continue on a narrow footpath through a damp, dense, wet forest characterized by numerous stream crossings to the Gore Range Junction one and a half miles ahead.

Often boggy, this section of the trail rewards the diligent hiker with great views of the  Gore Range  and colorful,  flower laden meadows

Above: A shot of the meandering stream, beaver ponds and a glimpse of the Gore Range you encounter at about the one mile mark.
Whatever your decision, we are certain you will enjoy the tranquility and splendor of this unique Summit County experience!




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