Cub Creek Trail (#40)


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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. Shortly after leaving the junction, you pass the stone chimney, all that remains of the Resthouse that gave the meadow its name. After crossing Bear Creek, the trail climbs south through the 1,050 acre Resthouse Meadows burn (1962). Soon after leaving the burn, you join the Beartracks Trail, which takes off to the southwest to Beartrack Lakes.

0.2 miles beyond this junction, you leave 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. In the winter of 2011/2012 a major wind event knocked down 400-600 acres of timber along the trail in this section, rendering it impassable. As of the end of the 2015, clearing of the trail was completed, all cut out by hand using crosscut saws.

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.

At a Glance

Usage: Light
Restrictions: Mount Evans Wilderness area * 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
Closest Towns: Evergreen, CO
Water: None
Restroom: Practice Leave No Trace principles.
Operated By: U.S. Forest Service

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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Trailhead: 8,360'