Deer Creek Trailhead


Harris Park area overview map

Section from the Pike National Forest map showing an overview of the Harris Park area north of Bailey, Colorado.


Path to the Deer Creek Trail on left; an interpretive sign and registration form box on right.

From the Deer Creek Trailhead, the Tanglewood Trail (#636) and Rosalie Trail (#603) go west and north up the Tanglewood Creek drainage to a junction just outside the Wilderness boundary.  Here the two trails split and the Rosalie Trail bears left up an old logging road, while the Tanglewood Trail continues north along Tanglewood Creek.  The latter route climbs along Tanglewood Creek, and then begins to ascend toward the saddle above.  The trail becomes more steep and strenuous, particularly after leaving the trees.  The top of the saddle marks the boundary between Pike and Arapaho national forests.

At a Glance

Operational Hours: Although open year-round, access during the winter may be limited due to snow.
Permit Info:

There is a mandatory self-issuing permit system in the Mount Evans and Lost Creek Wilderness areas to enable us to better manage visitation. The same type of system is also in place in other Wildernesses. The intent is to use the data obtained through the permit system to more accurately assess the amounts and types of existing Wilderness use. This enables us to better preserve their natural condition for future generations, balanced against the pressures of growing populations and increased use. These permits have no quotas associated with them nor are there any fees required to obtain them. They are available free at each trailhead. As you enter the Wilderness, fill out the provided permit and deposit the stub in the slot in the lower front of the register box. Keep the permit in your possession and please follow the Wilderness regulations found on the back.

Best Season: Summer - early Fall
Restrictions: The following regulations / restrictions apply to the Mount Evans Wilderness:
  • No motorized equipment (chainsaws, drills, etc.) or mechanized transportation (bicycles, wagons, etc.)
  • No landing or dropping of supplies by aircraft (including parasails)
  • Groups size is limited to 15 persons and/or 10 pack or saddle animals in any one party.
  • Dogs must be leashed.
  • Camp at least 100 feet from lakes, streams, or trails.
  • Campfires must be at least 100 feet from lakes, streams or trails.
  • Hobble, tie, or tether any pack or saddle animals at least 100 feet from lakes, streams or trails.
  • All livestock feed must be processed and weed free.
  • Do not cut switchbacks.
  • Pack it in; pack it out.
  • Practice Leave No Trace principles.
Closest Towns: Bailey
Water: No
Restroom: No
Operated By: Forest Service
Information Center: Appears on the following maps:
  • USGS Quad Mt. Evans
  • Pike National Forest
  • National Geographic Trails Illustrated #104 (Idaho Springs / Georgetown/ Loveland Pass)
Contact the South Platte Ranger District at 303.275.5610 for more information.

General Information


Drive west from Denver on US 285 approximately 28 miles to the traffic light before the top of Crow Hill. Turn right (northwest) on to Park County 43 and drive in a northwesterly direction for 6.8 miles to a "Y" in the road. Bear left and drive 2.1 miles, staying right at the campground, to the parking area at the trailhead.

General Notes:

The Tanglewood Trail begins in the southeast corner of the Mt. Evans Wilderness, and climbs north into a saddle on the boundary between the Pike and Arapaho national forests. From that point, the trail continues north as the Roosevelt Lakes Trail and eventually ties into the trails on the east side of the Wilderness. Immediately east of the saddle (towards Rosedale Peak), area a series of pointed rock outcroppings called “Pegmatite Points.” The upper portions of the trail are above treeline. The parking area at the trailhead has room for loading horses.

Overnight camping is not permitted at the trailhead. This location is also the treailhead for the southeast (lower) terminus of the Rosalie Trail. You should be alert to the possible development of summer afternoon storms with their accompanying lightening, particularly above treeline. Because the trail is almost entirely in designated wilderness, Wilderness regulations apply.

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