Even though Bighorn Creek Trail has a steep start, don't be deterred, as it will smooth out after the first difficult half mile and meander over more mild terrain highlighted by beautiful aspen groves and shady pine stands. The out-and-back trail begins at a trailhead within a residential area in East Vail and is mostly moderate. It's open to hikers and horseback riders and offers spectacular views of Gore Range peaks, beaver ponds, Bighorn Falls and remnants of old mining camps. Follow the obvious, well-kept trail for about 3.25 miles to its end destination, where you'll find an old homesteader's cabin on private property. Return by retracing your steps back to the trailhead. One-way distance for this trail from the trailhead to the homesteader's cabin is approximately 3.25 miles, for a round-trip distance of approximately 6.5 miles.
Bighorn Creek Trail
East Vail on Columbine Drive, near Bighorn Road, Vail