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Clear Creek County Colorado Hiking Trails

Meridian Trail #604

Mount Evans Wilderness

The 3.3 mile Meridian Trail is rated as Moderate. The Meridian Trailhead is at an elevation of 9,070' with it's highest point (10,720) at end of the trail at it's junction with Cub Creek Trail.

Meridian Trail leads to a saddle, which marks the boundary between Pike and Arapahoe National Forests, as well as the boundary of the Mount Evans Wilderness. The trail remains below treeline the entire distance, and it is well maintained and easy to follow.

There are possible sites for overnight camping at the saddle, however water is not available in the immediate area so campers will need to supply their own. Southerly exposure makes this a good early or late season hike, and fall colors can be beautiful along this trail. The trail is almost entirely outside of the Mount Evans Wilderness, but does enter at the top.

The Meridian Trail travels north as it rises out of the Elk Creek drainage, then begins to bear in a northeasterly direction. This portion of the trail passes through several aspen groves, and offers some interesting vistas looking east and south. The saddle is marked by Wilderness boundary signs. Just beyond the saddle, the trail ends at its intersection with the Cub Creek Trail.

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