Solitude Creek

Estes Park, Colorado (Larimer County)

Last Updated: 12/01/2021
5 / 5 ( 11 reviews )
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Highlight: Solitude Creek
Solitude Creek is situated in Roosevelt National Forest just east of Estes Park. It is a loop off of the popular out-and-back, Pole Hill. This loop offers some truly epic camping opportunities and provides some of the most stunning views the Pole Hill area has to offer. There is one notable obstacle along Solitude Creek, which is called The Notch. Like the other trails in this area, any skill level or vehicle build will have a fun day out on this trail. The obstacles you will encounter will give the lesser built vehicles a challenge and will give the more built vehicles a chance to flex out. If you are into camping, definitely bring the tent out for this one. If you are more of a day tripper, make sure you bring a lunch as this trail provides some extremely scenic places to enjoy a bite to eat while enjoying gorgeous views of the surrounding environment. For a fantastic day of offroading, combine this trail with Panorama Peak and Pole Hill. Run all three trails for a great time close to the Front Range.


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1. Solitude Creek Trailhead (0 mi)
Solitude Creek begins near the end of Pole Hill. Much of the first section of the trail is through a narrow aspen grove. A brown colored US Forest Service road marker, "122A", is the only marking for the start of the trail.

Directions to Trailhead

Starting Point: Estes Park, CO

Take Highway 36 east out of Estes Park approximately 2.5 miles. Turn left onto CR 122, Pole Hill Road. Follow the winding Pole Hill Road uphill for 1 mile to the trailhead for Pole Hill. Continue on Pole Hill to Waypoint 9 (1.51 miles). Solitude Creek is on the left.



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Tim Palmer

Mapping Crew - Colorado

Tim lives and works in Northern Colorado. He has owned and driven 4X4 vehicles his entire adult life including Jeeps, pick ups, ATVs and UTVs. After high school, Tim's first 4X4 was a 47 Willy's CJ-2A with a flat 4 and a 6-volt electrical system. Typically wheeling in Northern Colorado or Southern Wyoming, Tim loves being in the mountains and the back country. Because of a desire to enjoy and promote responsible off-roading and to keep it available for the future, he belongs to a local 4X4 off-road club. Being part of the community furthers that goal as well. A love for off-road adventures, camping, fishing, and hunting keeps Tim away from pavement and always exploring. While his wife likes the comfort of a Jeep Grand Cherokee, Tim prefers the ruggedness of the Jeep Wrangler. Although most off-road time is spent in Colorado and Wyoming, an occasional trip to the Moab area is common. Tim will spend the summer going topless and enjoying the value of the great outdoors. Amateur Radio Technician license call sign: ke0npg
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