Threemile Creek Trail is a woodland wonder. It is a delightful trek in the forest with dense pine forests, aspen trees, rushing waters, numerous creek crossings, and beaver dams. A happy place!
The air smells so good as fall is approaching. Sprinkles of yellows and oranges begin. Leaves periodically fall to the ground beneath our boots – Threemile Creek would be a perfect trail in the heat of summer with all the shade.
So many water crossings I lost count! But always, the creek is alongside us as we make our way on a slight incline among rocks and roots.
The beavers have been busy with some of the most extensive beaver ponds I have ever seen. In some areas making the water crossings more tricky. But doable.
Aspens! A small gathering of aspen trees with fallen leaves on the trail is exciting. It’s such a short season that it’s a treat to be among them when they change colors and hear the gentle whispers they make in the breeze.
Four 1/2 miles into the trail and we are in views, meadows and it is beautiful. However, storm clouds are appearing and we headed back.
The trail is rated moderate but it’s gentle up to 4 miles. Lovely beginner hike.
NOTE: We did 9 miles out and back but you can go 12 miles out and back which gains 2,780 ft in elevation. A steep climb up switchbacks to treeline where views of Mt. Evans, Mt Kataka, and Bierstadt are amazing. This trail is meant for serious hikers too!
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