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Coal Creek Trail #581 Map: <click here>
Length: 8.3 miles end-to-end
Elevation Stats: From East Fork side to summit, elevation gain is 2,974 ft., then descends 2,829 ft.to Fawn Gulch terminus.
Trailhead Facilities: None
Trail Summary: This hike description is a point-to-point hike.
Don’t let the name fool you – the creek will be difficult to find except for a few instances on each side of the ridge.
This is an up and over hike with a lot of terrain personality. There are numerous geological features to decipher between stands of aspen and falling spruce-fir forest. Expect to be hurdling trees near the ridge. From the Fawn Gulch side, the trail is difficult to follow once hikers reach the meadow. Simply continue directly up the meadow and just before the trees turn south following the tree line to a clear path. At the wilderness boundary views extend to the lower slopes of the Quartz Ridge and Range.
From the East Fork side, the trail can be difficult to follow shortly after the wilderness boundary. Cross the creek which is the less used of the forked path and the trail becomes clear again with long views into the East Fork drainage.
Fawn Gulch Trailhead Driving Directions: From US 160/US 84 junction, continue east for 4-miles. Turn south onto Fawn Gulch Road (FS 662). Continue for 4.8-miles to the trailhead on the east side of the road. Ample parking. For map: <click here>
East Fork Trailhead Driving Directions:From US 160/US 84 junction, continue east for 9.7-miles. Turn south onto East Fork Road (FS 667). Continue for 3.5-miles to the trailhead on the south side of the road. This is a shared trailhead with the Quartz Ridge Trail No. 570. A 4WD vehicle is recommended but the road is usually in good condition for 2WD vehicles to this trailhead. For map: <click here>