Miller Creek

Empire, Colorado (ClearCreek) Technical Rating: 3

Last Updated: 10-25-2017

P7100045
Status: Partially Open
Difficulty: Easy
Length: 1.34 Miles
Category: Altitude, Forest
Highest Elevation: 1,090 '
Duration: about 1 hour
Shape of Trail: Out & Back
Best Direction to Go: N/A
Connecting Trails:
Bill Moore Lake
Nearest Town:
Empire
Nearest Town w/ Service:
Idaho Springs
Forest Service Road: # 171.2A
Forest Service / Park District:
Arapaho National Forest/Clear Creek

Miller Creek Highlights

Highlights: Miller Creek - Empire, Colorado

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

Follow Bill Moore Trail to Waypoint 10.

 

Trailhead GPS Coordinates:

39° 46' 58.73"N
105° 40' 33.65"W

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Route Description

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.

1: Trailhead (0.0mi)

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Take the lower road at the Y.

2: Wreckage (0.1mi)

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

3: Fork (0.2mi)

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Take the lower fork to the right/east.

4: Grassy Area (0.8mi)

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Follow the well-worn road through the grassy area.

5: Grassy Area (1.2mi)

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Follow the well-worn road through the grassy area.

6: End (1.4mi)

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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.

Camping and Lodging

Camping & Lodging: Miller Creek - 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.

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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...

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Trip Reports

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Todd
Official Crew

Offroaded on 10-25-2017

Status: Partially Open

Conditions: Snow

Snow has fallen in the high country and making this trail impassable.

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Trint Ladd
Official Crew

Offroaded on 05-28-2017

Status: Open

Conditions: Dry

Low Temperature: 40° F

High Temperature: 50° F

Trip Report: Miller Creek - Empire, Colorado

Miller Creek is open and clear. The campsites are also clear of snow. It was a beautiful day.

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