The Jim Creek Trail is a out-and-back hike that can be as short as you want or as long as a 10+ mile full-day summit. The first two to three miles is under the shade of the pine forest, with great wildflower viewing opportunities, but if you keep going, you can even reach the top of James Peak (over 13,000 feet).
The trailhead for the Jim Creek Trail is reached by first starting out on the Discovery Trail. The Discovery Trail is accessed from the Bonfils Station Outdoor Center parking lot directly across from the main entrance to Winter Park Resort on Hwy 40. Start out on the Discovery trail and follow the boardwalk to the right, passing several picnic areas.
After about 1/2 mile into the Discovery Loop, approximately the mid-point, you’ll see another trail paralleling you on the right (it is a little confusing at this point since there is no sign). Jump on this unmarked trail and follow for about 1/2 mile until you reach the waterboard road. You will see a little green building across the road, and the trailhead for the Jim Creek Trail to the right.
This hike is a moderate hike, with an elevation gain of about 1000 feet in 2 miles. For more details and maps, contact the Visitor Center at 970-726-4118 or [email protected].