cross country skiing
I am a local, and absolutely love this trail. Once you are able to get off the road and onto the trail there are so many fun twisty areas. It is possible to ride up to Dry Lake Campground and back in just under 2 hours for decent mountain bikers. The scenery is great. The only section that is unable to be ridden up is call The Wall. It is a rocky 18% grade. It gets busy in the summer, but the early and late seasons are very enjoyable. There is no better feeling than having it all to yourself!
here is a short video of Spring Creek Trail: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nEOvz4uZ63s
WOW!! What a beautiful trail! It snowed last night and during the hike which made it even more spectacular. This is a colorful, gradual ascent along Mad Creek past the Mad Creek barn (historical relic from an early 1900's dude ranch) and Mad Creek Falls to the meadow at the end. I highly recommend this hike to anyone wanting a moderately challenging hike with varied scenery not too far from the town of Steamboat.
I question the directions listed. F.S. 291 is a deep rutted, rocky & no maintenance road. I turned around, even w/4WD. Steamboat Chamber has better directions: "Take East U.S. 40 to Dumont Lake Campground turn off (251/Buffalo Park Trail). Follow road past the campground and picnic area, turn left at Rabbit Ears Pass monument and follow signs to NFSR 311 (rough road; 4-wheel drive suggested). Continue approx. ¼ mile to NFSR 291 on right. Park and hike on road, which bears to the right."
The description on this hike is incorrect. The map and elevation profile are for the hike from the parking lot to upper Fish Creek Falls, NOT to Longs Lake. As other reviewers said, the hike to Longs Lake is much further. The sign at the parking lot says it is 5 miles each way (10 miles round trip) to Longs Lake.
Even so, this is a spectacular hike. We went on a chilly October day so there were only a few hikers. The aspen trees were dropping leaves and were a beautiful golden.
Bob B. on Mad Creek Trail
We have kicked this trail on several occasions and have really enjoyed the view above mad Creek.
We will be hiking it tomorrow.
Bob B. on West Summit Loop 1A
This trail should not be hiked by novices. The scenery was beautiful and the hiking was fairly easy for the first 2 miles. After that the trail was so overgrown that we lost the trail and after leaving the wooded area we no longer saw the blue diamond markers that marked the trail. Thanks to the satellite map of this App we were able to find our way back to the highway. This 3.5 mile hike turned out to be a 4 mile hike with a couple of very steep climbs and untraveled wilderness. We made it back safely and we were very happy to see the main road back to our vehicle.
Thanks for the great App