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The Eagle Creek Trail is a scenic hike and provides access to Eagle Peak, The trail follows an old jeep trail for the first 1.5 miles. The first section of this trail takes you up a steep Switchbacks. The rest of the trail continues as a moderate climb. The trail runs parallel with Eagle Creek which is surrounded by Jeffrey pines, white firs and quaking aspens. The trail junctions with the old jeep road after about 1 mile; this junction is unmarked. The junction is a few feet before an old wooden bridge and the Eagle Creek Trail heads west taking you off the old jeep trail. If you miss this trail you can still access the trail but you are forced to do a stream crossing. The trail climbs from 7,000 ft to 10,000 feet in 6 miles. The scenery is magnificent and during the summer the high elevation meadows are a great place for wildflower seekers. Livestock may be found in these meadows throughout the summer. The trail ends at the base of Eagle Peak.

If you choose to climb the peak, route climbing skills come in handy. Eagle Peak is 11,845 ft. in elevation; it is a steep climb to the top, but it doesn't require scrambling. From the top you have an incredible view of the Sierra Nevada, Mono Lake, Bridgeport Reservoir, and the canyons of Yosemite. The view of the Sawtooth Range is nice. Climbing Eagle Peak is a very long day hike or a nice over night trip. Make sure to bring a map; the trail may be difficult to follow in some sections.

Directions: From Bridgeport, Follow U.S. Highway 395 to the sign for Twin Lakes; follow Twin Lakes Road to Doc & Al's Resort. Turn right at the Resort, follow the signs for Buckeye Campground till you get to the campground, then follow the road past the campground to the trailhead. Hike the Buckeye Trail for about 125 yards to reach the Eagle Creek Junction. Eagle Creek is marked and heads south.

Elevation: 7,000 feet

Ending Elevation: 1,000 feet

Elevation Gain: 3,000 feet

Usage: Light

Difficulty: Strenuous

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Humboldt-Toiyabe National Forest, Nevada

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