Empire, Colorado (ClearCreek) Technical Rating: 3
Last Updated: 10-25-2017
Bill Moore Lake
Mill Creek, Red Elephant Hill, Bill Moore To Mill Creek Cut Off, The Chutes
Arapaho National Forest/Clear Creek
Miller Creek Highlights
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.
Technical rating: (3) Easy
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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Directions to Trailhead
Trailhead GPS Coordinates:
39° 46' 58.73"N
105° 40' 33.65"W
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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.
Camping and Lodging
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.
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Offroaded on 10-25-2017
Status: Partially Open
Snow has fallen in the high country and making this trail impassable.
Offroaded on 05-28-2017
Low Temperature: 40° F
High Temperature: 50° F
Miller Creek is open and clear. The campsites are also clear of snow. It was a beautiful day.