NORTH TENMILE CREEK TRAIL

Trail name: North Tenmile Creek

Trail length: 6.5 miles, round trip

Trail difficulty: Moderate

Elevation gain: 1,668 ft.

Best time to hike: November to May for snowshoeing/cross-country skiing, June to October for hiking

Good for: Hikers of all skill levels

Dog friendly: Yes, but must be on leash

Starting trailhead: North Tenmile Creek Trailhead

Visiting the mountains or have family and friends in town? Looking to enjoy the beautiful outdoors and scenic views that Colorado has to offer? North Tenmile Creek is the perfect hike to start your adventures. This 6.5-mile round-trip hike with an elevation gain of almost 1,700 ft is the perfect entry-level route for hikers of any skill level.

To get to this beautiful scenic hike, take Exit 201 (Frisco Main Street) from I-70. Turn right (west) and park in the dirt parking lot, just north of the interstate interchange. From Breckenridge, get onto North CO-9 and follow that for about nine miles. Make a left onto Main Street and follow this for about one mile and cross under the I-70 bridge, right where the dirt parking lot is located. Summit County also provides the Free Ride public bus service that you can take to Main Street Frisco and walk about a mile to get to the trailhead, as well. It’s recommended to carpool or take the free bus service, as parking is limited (especially on busy weekends).

Make sure to wear your hiking boots as you cross creeks and streams as well as an initial steep grade that levels out after about one mile. At the beginning of the trail you will see Chief Mountain, elevation 11,363 ft., and Wichita Mountain, elevation 10,855 ft. Don’t be discouraged when you come across many forks in the road; every trail is interconnected, so you can’t pick a wrong way to go. Along the trail you will also see many small side trails that will lead you closer to the creek. These are great spots to see beaver ponds, and if you are lucky you might even see a beaver! After two miles there will be a portal sign saying you are entering the Eagles Nest Wilderness Area. This is a great spot to have a snack or set up a hammock.

After hiking another 1.4 miles you will come to the intersection of the Gore Range Trail, which is the ending point of the North Tenmile Creek Trail. Turning right (north) will eventually take you into Meadow Creek and turning left (south) will eventually take you up and over Uneva Pass to I-70 and Copper Mountain Resort. From this point you can turn around and hike back down the trail. If you aren’t quite ready for your time in nature to come to an end, take the Gore Range Trail towards Copper Mountain to set up your hammocks under a shaded tree and soak in those mountain views.

Want to help contribute to our National Forest? Visit FDRD.org/calendar for a list of all volunteer opportunities. You can also visit www.dillonrangerdistrict.com to download free individual guides for all the trails.

More Hikes

, , ,

Meadow Creek Trail

To get to the Meadow Creek trailhead from Breckenridge, take Highway 9 towards Frisco. Drive straight through Frisco and do not turn until you reach the roundabout next to I-70. Drive around the roundabout and take the turn directly before the…
, , ,

North Tenmile Creek Trail

Visiting the mountains or have family and friends in town? Looking to enjoy the beautiful outdoors and scenic views that Colorado has to offer? North Tenmile Creek is the perfect hike to start your adventures. This 6.5-mile round-trip hike with…
, ,

Trail Highlight: Mohawk Lakes

Mohawk Lakes is a stunning hike that will take you through the trees, up an incline and end at mountain lakes. This hike is suited for all ages, but does have steep inclines that you will need to take your time on. We would not recommend this…
, ,

Trail Highlight: Black Powder Pass

Located at the top of Boreas Pass this is a trail with views for days. While not the best marked, this is a perfect trail for those seeking a little adventure. With wildflowers and tree stumps covering the hillsides, this is a stunning trail. We…
,

Trail Highlight: Sawmill Trail

Located right beside the Snowflake Lift, this short 1.5 mile hike is great for the little ones. This low elevation trail has a running stream winding alongside all the way to the end destination. At the end you will find a small natural reservoir…
, ,

Trail Highlight: Iowa Hill

Looking for a hike that is entertaining for all ages? Check the Iowa Hill Trail. This 1.2 miles trail is full of action from start to finish. If you are lucky, you may even run into a moose friend along the way. Every few feet you will find…
, , ,

Trail Highlight: Peaks Trail

The Peaks Trail is an extremely well known trail in Breckenridge. Located at up Ski Hill Road right beside Grand Lodge on Peak 7 you will find biking and hiking for all. This 15.6 miles trail stretches from Breckenridge to Frisco. There are…