Cub Creek Trail (#40)


A visitor information sign. Information includes Leave No Trace, Safety, and Regulations.

Length: 18 miles ONE-WAY

Elevation: 8,369 feet - 11,404 feet

Trail Description: The Cub Creek Trail, in combination with intersecting trails, provides a number of loop hikes of varying lengths in the Upper Bear Creek basin. The trail traverses varied terrain, crossing glacial moraines, through open country of old burns and into dense, quiet forest.  

At the west end, the trail begins in Resthouse Meadows at the junction of the Beaver Meadows and Resthouse Trails. After crossing Bear Creek, the trail climbs south through the 1,050 acre Resthouse Meadows burn (1962). Soon after leaving the burn, the trail joins the Beartracks Trail, which takes off to the southwest to Beartrack Lakes.

0.2 miles beyond this junction, the trail leaves the Beartracks Trail, which runs northeasterly down the ridge toward the trailhead at Camp Rock. The Cub Creek Trail continues southeasterly to Truesdell Creek, then over a ridge to Lost Creek and a junction with the Lost Creek Trail.

Continuing southeasterly, the trail climbs over a high saddle and descends to a junction with the Meridian Trail rising from the south. From here, the trail descends into the Indian Creek Drainage to a junction with the Indian Creek Trail. From this point, the trail continues easterly on the easternmost section of trail which sees little use.

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At a Glance

Permit Info: A mandatory free self-issuing permit is required for the Mount Evans Wilderness. Free permits are available at each trailhead or entry point into the wilderness.
Usage: Light
Best Season: Hiking conditions are best from July through September.
Restrictions: Wilderness regulations apply in the Mount Evans Wilderness.
  • Dogs must be on a hand held leash.
  • No motorized or mechanized equipment.
  • Camps, campfires and stock, where allowed, at least 100 feet from water and trails.
  • Group size limited to 15 people and/or 10 pack/stock animals per party.
  • Certified weed-free hay is required for stock.
Unless seasonal restrictions are in effect, campfires must be attended at all times and cold to the touch with the bare hand before being abandoned. Collection of dead and down wood is allowed; do not break branches from standing trees for firewood.   
Closest Towns: Evergreen
Water: Lakes and streams; treat water before drinking.
Restroom: Practice Leave No Trace principles.
Operated By: U.S. Forest Service
Information Center: Clear Creek Ranger District Visitor Services and Idaho Springs Visitor Center; 303-567-4382; Contact Us

General Information

Directions: From Denver, take I-70 W to Evergreen Parkway exit, go 6 miles S on Hwy.74 to the junction with Hwy. 73 in Evergreen, just below the Evergreen Lake Dam. Turn south on Highway 73 and drive almost a mile to Brook Forest Road, then right on Brook Forest Road for approximately 5 miles to Brook Forest. From Brook Forest, continue south on Black Mountain Road almost another mile to the Cub Creek Trailhead.



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