- 3.5 miles
- 1.5 hours
This trail travels through lodgepole pine forests, meadows dotted with wildflowers and snow in the early spring, and ends at a ridge overlooking snow capped mountains to the southeast. This well used trail is non-motorized beginning at its signed trailhead. The trail follows the old Clear Creek Road for an easy ascent through spruce bottomlands. Clear Creek Trail leaves the creek at a bridge crossing Rough Creek and begins a moderate climb into Douglas Fir forest interspersed with meadows of bunchgrasses and wildflowers. At 7500 ft. in elevation, the Red Mountain Trail takes off to the north on an open hillside. Continuing up the trail, lodgepole pine stands begin to dominate on the final easy stretch to where the trail ends at the Kirkham Ridge Trail junction. Picnic tables, a stock loading ramp, hitching posts, and several dispersed campsites are located at Red Mountain Transfer Camp near the west trailhead. The Clear Creek Trail #145 is suitable for children because it is short and free of obstacles.
Since many of the creeks may be dry by mid-summer, carry a day’s supply of safe drinking water. The recommended amount is one gallon per person, per day.
Treat stream water - Giardia is a serious water borne disease. Use a water filter that will screen for Giardia or boil all water for three minutes.
Every visitor shares the responsibility to keep the backcountry unspoiled and beautiful. Pack out what you pack in. For more information on minimum impact camping visit lnt.org.
Expect to meet other hikers, stock users, mountain bikers, and motorcyclists at your destination, especially during the weekend periods.
Wildfire is always a concern. Keep campfires well contained and never leave a campfire unattended. Extinguish all smoking materials properly.