Bard Creek (#83)

Length: 9.6 miles ONE-WAY

Elevation: 10,150 feet - 12,048 feet

Trail Description: Visitors can either begin at the Herman Gulch Trailhead or near Empire off Forest Service Road 777.1. Traveling through fields of wildflowers and groves of aspen trees, Bard Creek Trail offers countless photo opportunities. There are also wonderful scenic views of the Continenental Divide. Going west from Empire, the last mile of the trail joins with the Watrous Gulch Trail (#95) near I-70.

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At a Glance

Usage: Light
Restrictions: 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: Empire
Water: Streams; treat water before drinking.
Restroom: Practice Leave No Trace principles.
Operated By: U.S. Forest Service

General Information

Directions: Out of the town of Empire, follow County Road 252 (South Empire Pass Road) for about two miles.The road becomes very rough and you may need a 4-wheel drive vehicle to travel the remaining three miles of National Forest System Road (NFSR) 777.The trail starts at the end of the road.


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