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Red Elephant Hill, Mill Creek Loop

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Location Empire, CO
Rating Difficult,
Length 13mi
Time 5hrs

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Great climb from I-70 to loop featuring log cabin.

This is a fun 4-wheel-drive trip with plenty of challenge and great scenery. A unique feature of the route is the Empire Hilton Cabin. It’s open to the public on a first-come, first-serve basis. Make sure to leave it the way you find it, or better. Start of trail is a county road that crosses private property. We’ve never had a problem getting through, but have heard stories that this is not always the case. The 2010 MVUM shows no seasonal closures.


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Red Elephant Hill is narrow, steep and tippy in places. Empire Loop is rocky. Aggressive, high-clearance SUVs can do it.






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(303) 567-3000Arapaho N.F., Clear Creek R.D.

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Submitted by Neil
No problems getting through the private property. Rocky steep climb at the beginning, fun trail. We had 2 Jeeps. 16 JKR on 37’s and 04 TJR on 35’s. Neither of us touched a locker at all, but still a fun challenging trail. We came out through Bill Moore Lake trail down to Empire. The trail is in great shape, left a beer at the Cabin. Enjoy


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