Miller Creek

Empire, Colorado (ClearCreek County)

Last Updated: 11/10/2020
3 / 5 ( 1 review )
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Status: Impassable
Typically Open: Year Round
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.



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1. Trailhead (0 mi)
Take the lower road at the Y.

Directions to Trailhead

Trailhead Coordinates: 39.782980, -105.676014

Starting Point: Empire, Colorado



Trail Reviews (5)

Author: Official Crew
Status: Open
Offroaded on:
Stage 3 fire restrictions have been lifted as of 6am, 11/10/20. The forest is no longer fully closed. Areas within fire perimeters remain closed. See closure maps here: Expect winter conditions on trails. Some trails may be impassable due to snow.

Author: Official Crew
Status: Temporary Closure
Offroaded on:
Due to dangerous fire conditions, Arapahoe National Forest has closed the forest to all visitors. This decision will be re-evaluated daily as conditions change. See the order here:

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.

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Writer Information

Ryan Boudreau

Mapping Crew - Colorado

Hi, I'm Ryan! I am a Colorado native and I've been wheeling since I was 16 years old. I grew up with a relentless passion for all things Jeep and off road related, and that passion has never died out. I am a member of the Mile-Hi Jeep Club, Patrol 16 Sasquatch Jeepers and currently own an '06 Jeep Wrangler Rubicon Unlimited (LJ) nicknamed "Minion". I am a huge supporter of Stay the Trail and Tread Lightly, and have participated and even been in charge of many trail restoration projects. I have been a trail leader several times for events such as All-4-Fun, ColoradoFest, Set Them Free, 14er Fest, and other. I am also the creator of the Unlimited LJ Adventure. My rig is built for extreme offroading, but I love to get my tires dirty on any kind of trail whether it's rock crawling or just scenic high Alpine drives. I've wheeled all over the country including Colorado, Utah, Kansas, the Carolinas, AZ, and California. I love a great adventure, and love even more to share those adventures with others. If you see the "minion" out on the trail, make sure to stop and say hello.
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