NOTE: For the more popular west trailhead for Horse Crossing Trail #20 please see this page. The east access described here is much more difficult to get to and leads to the same destination, just from the other side of East Clear Creek canyon.
The east trailhead begins at the junction of Forest Road 137 and Forest Road 9726S (now closed to vehicle traffic). It follows 9726S for .15 miles to FR 9032M (also closed to vehicles) where it heads north for .10 miles to the original start of the single-track trail before the roads were closed under the new Motor Vehicle Use Maps released in 2013. All of the intersections are signed and easy to find and follow. The single-track heads steeply down to East Clear Creek in less than 1/2 mile dropping 500 feet in elevation. At the bottom, the trail turns to the right and follows the east bank of the creek for .20 miles to the marked crossing. The trail continues on the west side of the canyon another .15 miles to several established camp sites at the bottom of the western half of the trail as described in the official description for Horse Crossing Trail #20.
Stats are for the full trail #20 from East to West. The one-way hike from the TH to the creek is .8 miles. To the start of the western climb is 1.1 miles. The creek is 512 feet below the trailhead.
This hike is listed as One-Way.
When hiking several trails on a single "hike", log it with a generic name that describes the hike. Then link the trails traveled, check out the example.
WARNING! Hiking and outdoor related sports can be dangerous. Be responsible and prepare for the trip. Study the area you are entering and plan accordingly. Dress for the current and unexpected weather changes. Take plenty of water. Never go alone. Make an itinerary with your plan(s), route(s), destination(s) and expected return time. Give your itinerary to trusted family and/or friends.