Winter Park's Best Trails For Fall Colors & Leaf Peeping!
Creekside/ Flume Loop Trail
Located in Fraser, approximately 10 minutes from Downtown Winter Park, the Creekside/ Flume Loop trail is a local’s favorite! The trail has a variety of terrain, including bridges crossing over St. Louis Creek, open meadows with great views and golden aspen groves. This trail is enjoyed by bikers and hikers alike. The loop is approximately 5 miles distance and considered easy difficulty level. There is small lookout bench that allows for beautiful views of Byers Peak. With the creek below, willows all around and Byers Peak in the distance it is truly a spot worth sitting for a moment and soaking in the surroundings.
YMCA/Snow Mountain Ranch Waterfall Trail
With over 60 miles of trails to explore you are sure to find a trail to fit every level of experience so be sure to pick up a trail map at the program building in order to build the best experience for you and yours. This waterfall ride is fitted more for families or true beginners in search of a short sweet ride or hike. The trail starts across from Pole Creek and climbs steadily through the forest. Along the way you will spot the remains of old cabins near the edge of the trail and a variety of trees, the trail will end at a 25 foot waterfall. From here you decide if you would like to head back to the car or if your up for more pull out your trail map and pick your adventure!
Sunken Bridges Loop from Chainsaw Parking Lot
From the intersection of Chainsaw and Elk Creek Road, ride Elk Creek Road for just over 1 mile until you see the sign for Sunken Bridge on your right. Turn right onto the two track, this is a prime place to spot moose. Continue through the meadow over the bridge and begin a two track climb. At the top of the climb you will intersect Forest Service Road 159, a dirt road.
If you want to stick with a less demanding ride you can bypass Upper Elk Creek and The Hump by turning right onto FS 159 and following the road until you see Zoom on the right and a gate for the Experimental Forest on the road itself.
Turn right on Zoom a trail named for a reason it’s a blast to ride! After dashing and diving through groves of colorful pine and aspen trees you will enter the Chainsaw trail at the bottom.
Hit the brakes and make a sharp left turn onto Chainsaw. (It’s not uncommon to go flying past this intersection so wear your helmet!) From here you will retrace your previous route on Chainsaw, when you reach Flume stay right at the intersection. The trail will take you to a bridge over St. Louis Creek, follow the road back to the parking area.
This trail is 7.7 miles and considered intermediate/advanced! If you'd like to try the more challenging route, ask one of our Bike Technicians for tips!
Stop by Epic Mountain Sports for free Bike Maps, trail advice Bike Rentals, & even pickup a go-pro to document all the fabulous fall colors!!