The Gore Creek Trail trail begins at Bighorn Road in East Vail and ends at the Gore Range Trail #60 on the Dillon Ranger District: 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; straight ahead goes over Red Buffalo Pass to Summit County, the left fork goes to Gore Lake. From the fork, the trail climbs though spruce and fir forest into the alpine tundra to Gore Lake. The trail is steeper in this section.
* There is a printable Recreation Quicksheet for this trail which is complete with directions, a map, details, and other information about this trail. Or to see quicksheets for other recreation areas across the Forest, click on the "Recreation Quicksheets" link in the right column and select the appropriate Ranger District.
Directions: Take Exit 180 from I-70 for East Vail. If traveling eastbound, turn right at the bottom of off-ramp. If traveling westbound, turn left at the bottom of the off ramp. Continue east down Bighorn Road almost to the end, approximately 2.5 miles. The trailhead is on the left before you reach the Gore Creek campground. Parking is limited. Please park at the trailhead, not at the campground.