Explore the most popular dog friendly trails in Medicine Bow-Routt National Forest with hand-curated trail maps and driving directions as well as detailed reviews and photos from hikers, campers and nature lovers like you.

on Spring Creek Trail

3 days ago

Nice trail with only one drawback — loose dogs and lots of poo on trail. Many dogs off leash in the first mile. Most trail users on the early weekday I went were MTB’rs but plenty of room to get out of their way.

Great trail for new hikers. My family loves hiking, but we don’t go often and we are definitely not very good. This trail was super easy. There is an off leash dog area where my boys got to pet and play with several friendly dogs. A great pond for dogs to swim. A little further is a second pond we walked around and threw rocks. The trail goes on for a long ways but we just went to the second pond and came back. Perfect for 5 and 6 year old new hikers.

Great hike and the lake is so beautiful!

Not a bad hike. The barn is less than 2 miles in, so not quite halfway. We made it past the bridge, about 2.6. the trail narrows and is slightly overgrown.

11 days ago

Hiked July 29th 2017, lots of wildflowers in the basin. Great views nice lake at the end. Highly recommend, I would say the difficult level is bit on the high end I'd say a blue +

Fun and manageable hike (6 year old did most of it) out to barn and back. Early steepness is a great warm up for some moderately shaded higher trails with great views of creek and canyon below. And the payoff at the creek by the barn is refreshing and relaxing. Butterflies all over up there today. Enjoy

Fun hike. Cool barn.

Fairly short hike but challenging. The views on the top are spectacular!

20 days ago

Mid June, 2 pm. Challenging trail, variety of terrain and scenery. Tall grasses, wild flowers, running water, rocky areas. Bring lots of water, use spf and bug spray. Was told by a local who runs it daily with to watch out for bear, mountain lion and moose (who do not like dogs). Know what to do in each of these situations if you come across one of them. Went up to bridge at creek and returned, about 4-5 miles round trip. On way down sun was going down. Saw large range of markings, prints and paths from larger animals- a bit freaked out especially with no one else on trail and sun going down, was watching out for listed above most of the hike which took away from some enjoyment. Regardless of that a beautiful highly recommended hike in a gorgeous park and area of the state.

20 days ago

Completed this hike for a second time in early June 2018. Got to the trailhead at 8 a.m. on a Monday and was the only car there. There was still some snow in shaded spots along the trail below treeline. We had to navagate around some snow above treeline, but it wasn't too bad, since at that point you're mainly scrambling. That view from the top across Steamboat Lake State Park past Sand Mountain is the best.

24 days ago

Great hike easy-moderate. Just made it up to the barn and back but beautiful views, easy grade hike. Would have liked to go farther but not used to altitude, being a flat lander.

Great trail with spectacular views and beautiful wildflowers! Not too hard and not too easy. Really enjoyed the morning!

One of the most beautiful trails I’ve ever hiked.

Gorgeous 360 view at the top. Final stretch to summit challenging exposed loose rocks so be prepared for sun and unsteady footing. Accidentally parked prematurely, added ~1 mile to walk albeit beautiful. Biggest parking area is a basketball court-sized clearing after second split left in road--first area is ~3 spots with sign toward hahn peak trail. There is a third area at the trailhead but only 3 spots and jeep-trail quality road

1 month ago

Moderate is accurate for level. The first part does get your heart pumping. Lots of wildflowers blooming now. Family of woodchucks by the homesite near the barn. I turned back after going past the barn to the bridge over the Creek, inspecting the old cabin ruins there. About 1.8 Miles up and then back in 3 hours while taking lots of photos.

1 month ago

Great hike with excellent views. Still a bit of snow on the trail in places. Took my two dogs and made it up in an hour, down in 45 minutes. Top is very exposed.

1 month ago

Did this hike June 1st. Very manageable incline the whole way and pretty much next to the river the whole time. It was still trying to get it’s green on, but it’s getting there! Trail was mostly dry and snow free until the very last section to the lake. There was no way to find a trail, but the snow was packed enough that we made our own trail over the ridge and found the lake. Most hikers were turning around though. The lake was partially snow covered and trees were bare around it. Pretty hike but definitely more of a late June/July hike.

Great views from the top

Really enjoyed this one. Did any easy couple miles in to the bridge just past the barn and back out again earlier this week. Incline at the beginning is totally manageable. Great views and varied landscapes.

Did this trail on Mother’s Day. Easy and manageable with beautiful landscapes. Parallels the creek the whole way. We came a bit too close for comfort with a moose.

Well maintained. Great dog walking with shade and water.

Great trail to take your dogs....beautiful scenery.

Good hike

2 months ago

I recommend waiting until late-May to hike the trail...recently did an overnight backpacking trip here and could only get about 2.5 miles in (due to snow that was 1 - 2 feet in places) before I had to make camp. You could see the snow was rapidly melting, but it will take a while. Also, you will have to park about 1.5 miles from the trailhead and walk a dirt road to the Sarvis Creek trailhead...this will be the case until a downed tree is cleaned up on the access road.

I look forward to coming back this summer and hiking the entire trail. The scenery was great, and I did see a bald eagle and herd of elk on my short hike.

Great time, still pretty deep snow near the end.

Icy in parts. Definitely need yak tracks In parts

off road driving
8 months ago

I was originaly Struck by Lightning while in the Womb on this Volcano in 1989 in July, 22nd I think?? My father died in the Lookout tower and My uncle Aunt and pregnant mother had to come down a different route which is now private.

However I attempted this trail in Aug 17, My first time back to the valcano, however due to incoming storm I did not go all the way to the top, will attempt again next year.

However this was an amazing trip and very rouged and rough, just like a like it. over the last 15 years or so the road has degraded and is more treacherous then it used to be, so make sure you have a lift, but nothing a jeep cant handle.

I want to note that in various spots we encountered frees bear deposits, so do be warned, if you are taking this in the summer and have your doors off on you jeep, might be a good idea to have a some self defence

8 months ago

Completed this trail over Labor Day weekend. There's a dirt road up to the trailhead that gets a little rough as you climbed. We have a CRV and stopped a little short of the trailhead, although we probably could have kept pushing to the top. The trail begin as a continuation of the dirt road you drive in on. Keep an eye out for the trail that will split off to the right after about a quarter mile or so. The trail winds through open forest and proves a healthy mix of sun and shade. The final hump to the summit offers a series of more obscured trails over varying grades of rock and gravel. Enjoy the lookout station from the top. 360 views abound. Entire journey lasted about 2.5 hours.

9 months ago


10 months ago

Although the hike isn't as hard as I thought it would be, it is all up hill. An SUV or truck is recommended to drive to the trailhead.

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