Spring Creek Trail

EASY 12 reviews
#6 of 43 trails in

Spring Creek Trail is a 9.7 mile moderately trafficked out and back trail located near Steamboat Springs, CO that features beautiful wild flowers and is good for all skill levels. The trail offers a number of activity options and is accessible from March until October.

9.7 miles 1942 feet Out & Back

kid friendly

birding

hiking

mountain biking

nature trips

trail running

walking

forest

views

wild flowers

Parking is located at the intersection of East Maple Street and Amethyst Street. The trail ends at the parking area across from the Dry Lake Campground on Buffalo Pass Road. Either return back down the trail or head down the Buffalo Pass Road to Strawberry Park.

mountain biking
1 month ago

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

4 months ago

Would have given it 5 had we not planned for an off-road trail. We got chased out by a homeowner on a 4wheeler because there are no 4x4 off-road trails; nonetheless, he said hiking and views were very nice.

mountain biking
5 months ago

easy trail, great views, and you can ride there from downtown.

hiking
6 months ago

Beautiful and relatively easy.

hiking
6 months ago

Easy. Beautiful.

hiking
1 year ago

Good. Met up with another hiker for a few miles of the hike. We also encountered a moose (twice) at bridge 10.

1 year ago

Not a lot to see. Creek was almost dry on September 13.

1 year ago

We really enjoyed the hike. Started to go up past the lake but our group retraced and went around the lake and enjoyed the views, water, but and hike.

1 year ago

Nice relaxing trail full of aspen. There is a walking path around a small lake at the beginning, and the trail itself follows the creek. This was a really nice end of the day wind down hike!

mountain biking
2 years ago

Pretty calm, but really worth doing. Cool views and there are some bumps that can get you some air. The ride can be both road bike or mountain bike. There is a windy dirt road and a skinny single track that winds on and off of the dirt road that's right next to the creek.

2 years ago

Great for hiking biking or horseback riding – this gradual uphill climb crosses over about 10 bridges with the beautiful creek that runs and meanders the full length of the trail- beautiful ferns aspens wildflowers, an easy to access trail very close to town that feels remote and is utterly beautiful.

4 years ago

This trail is beautiful! Unfortunately the creek was very low but the leaves had just begun to turn and it was AWESOME. There were an equal amount of hikers and mountain bikers.
My only difficulty on the trail was the elevation (you gain over 1,000 feet!). Coming from Denver, the Steamboat elevation WORKED me and I ended up walking a lot of the trail due to lightheadedness and nausea. This is an out-and-back trail with parking lots on either end. It would be a quick and fun downhill ride or if you are hiking you could shuttle it if you're not into a 9-miler. There is only one extremely difficult part; I believe locals call it Hells Wall. My boyfriend, an advanced mountain biker, was only able to clear half of it and some hikers we saw (and myself) were winded after climbing it.
This trail was recommended by locals and visitors alike so expect to see several hikers, runners and riders on the way up and down. The trail begins in town and has easy, free parking, which adds to the high traffic.