The Salt Creek trail begins on an old road which goes through private land so be sure to stay on the trail. You will go through two gates. The trail is well maintained as it runs along the drainage of Salt Creek with a mixture of spruce, fir, aspen, and brush. The trail climbs moderately crossing the creek several times. After the fifth creek crossing the trail opens up to a meadowy area called Elbow Park. The trail is a bit difficult to find here, but walk straight through the meadow with the creek to your left and the trail will pick up again. You will go through another gate, and cross the creek again. Now be sure to keep the creek to your right for the rest of the trail. You will pass Willow Park and the trail will continue up on an old jeep road. Follow the road to the southeast (your right) when it intersects with another jeep road. This road will take you to Dubach Meadows.
DUBACH MEADOWS - This large marshy meadow area was once logged but has recovered well. It supports a variety of wildlife, and the view is breathtaking. The small ponds are home to ducks, and there looks to be signs of beaver. This area is a good place to spot deer and elk, and it looks like coyote and porcupine are also present. New York Mountain rises up not too far in the distance along with other peaks in the Sawatch Range
Directions: From Beaver Creek, Travel west on I-70 to Eagle (exit #147). Turn left and drive into Eagle. Turn left on Capitol Street and follow to Brush Creek Road. Follow Brush Creek Road south of Eagle for about 6 miles. Take a left onto Bruce Creek Road and then an immediate left, following the sign for Salt Creek. Stay on this dirt road for 4.5 miles until you see the sign before the cattle guard saying "Public Access Through Private Land, Stay On Trail". Park here and walk .1 mile down the road until you see the trail marker on the right leading into a small open area with Salt Creek on the right.
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