Miller Creek

Empire, Colorado (ClearCreek County)
Last Updated: 11/25/2018
3/5 (1 review)
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Status: Impassable
Typically Open: Year Round
Difficulty: 3-3
Length: 1.34 miles
Highest Elevation: 1090 feet
Duration: About 1 hour
Shape of Trail: Out & Back
Best Direction to Travel: N/A
Nearest Town: Empire
Nearest Town w/ Services: Idaho Springs
Official Road Name: 171.2A
Management Agency: Arapaho National Forest
District: Clear Creek Ranger District
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Highlight: Miller Creek

With its grassy hillsides, this off-road trail offers a different type of scenery than most of the trails within the Empire Loop. The Empire Loop is a network of trails just above the historic town of Empire. The area offers amazing alpine scenery and all types of off-road trails. This particular trail is good to combine when doing Bill Moore, Red Elephant, and Mill Creek.


Route Information

Technical Rating: (3-3)

Dirt road. Rutted, washes, or gulches. Water crossings up to 6" depth. Passable mud. Grades up to 10 degrees. Small rocks or holes. 4WD recommended but 2WD possible under good conditions and with adequate ground clearance and skill. No width problems for any normal vehicle. Vehicle passing spots frequently available if less than two vehicles wide.

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This follows Forest Service Road 171.2A which is dirt and rock with some slight off-camber spots that simply dead ends. The road stops in a small area along a sloped hillside. Any aggressive high clearance SUV can do this road.

Seasonal Information

Spring:Usually it is late spring before this trail is accessable.
Summer:Prime time for this trail and the entire area.
Fall:There are some aspen groves along the way for fall foliage, typically around the middle of September.


1. Trailhead

Take the lower road at the Y.

2. Wreckage (0.1 mi)

Continue straight past the carcass of an old pick up truck.

3. Fork (0.2 mi)

Take the lower fork to the right/east.

4. Grassy Area (0.8 mi)

Follow the well-worn road through the grassy area.

5. Grassy Area (1.2 mi)

Follow the well-worn road through the grassy area.

6. End (1.4 mi)

Turn around and go back the way you came in. This area is on a sloped hillside and does not allow for more than just a few rigs.

Directions to Trailhead

Trailhead Coordinates: 39.782980, -105.676014

Starting Point: Empire, Colorado


There were a few dispersed locations visible along this trail. There is plenty of dispersed camping throughout the Empire Loop. Please Pack Out More Than you Packed In.
Camping: Miller Creek

Writer Information


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Todd is an avid wheeler who loves to explore new trails whenever and wherever he can. They say necessity is the mother of all invention and that holds true for Todd. His want and desire to find passable trails and new nooks and crannies of the Great American West to explore were his reasons behind starting On any given weekend you can find Todd on some obscure 4x4 trail or using his legs to hike to an alpine lake.


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Trail Reviews (3)

Author: Official Crew
Status: Open
Offroaded on:
This trail has become inaccessible due to snow. Depending on the winter, plan for an early to mid-July to where it feasible to drive again.

Author: Official Crew
Status: Partially Open
Offroaded on:
Snow has fallen in the high country and making this trail impassable.

Author: Official Crew
Status: Open
Offroaded on:
Miller Creek is open and clear. The campsites are also clear of snow. It was a beautiful day.