Hike the McGee Creek Natural Scenic Recreation Area Loop

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Distance

10 miles

Elevation Gain

400 ft

Route Type

Loop

Added by Jason Godwin

A little-known, but beautiful scenic area containing over 25 miles of hiking trails and a number of camping areas. This area contains scenic creek beds, rock formations, canyons, and many beautiful overlooks.

There are a number of different routes to be taken throughout the 25-mile plus trail system. The main loop is about 10 miles in length, and is mostly gradual inclines, but does contain a few steep sections that descend into, or ascend out of Little Bugaboo, Bugaboo, and Wildcat Canyons. The creeks at the bottoms of these canyons are intermittent and depend on recent precipitation. The autumn leaves in this area begin to change in the middle of October and last through the end of November. Camping with more amenities is available at nearby McGee Creek State Park (about 30 minutes away). Make sure to stop at the ranger station at the park entrance in order to self register (no fees required).

You could do a portion of the trail system in a single day, depending on your abilities, or you could spend a day or two backpacking through the entire trail system. Note that the campsites within the area have virtually no amenities. The trails were well-maintained and clear of brush, and for the most part, clearly marked with blazes on the trees.

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