Greens Creek Trail

MODERATE 35 reviews
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Greens Creek Trail is a 13.5 mile lightly trafficked out and back trail located near Salida, Colorado that features a river and is rated as moderate. The trail offers a number of activity options and is best used from May until September. Dogs are also able to use this trail but must be kept on leash.

DISTANCE
13.5 miles
ELEVATION GAIN
2,923 feet
ROUTE TYPE
Out & Back

dogs on leash

hiking

horseback riding

mountain biking

nature trips

trail running

forest

river

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This trail offers a variety of scenery in its passage to the Continental Divide. The trail follows the creek with several beaver ponds located along the way. A small shelterhouse is located 6 miles up the trail. This multi-use trail (hiking, biking, and horseback riding) is also open to motorized traffic.

hiking
2 months ago

Lovely trail that follows rushing water up a canyon with nice aspen stands. There were a few mountain bikers on the trail when we were hiking it, but it seems a little dicey to hike if there are dirt bikers riding it. The listing has since been updated, but it used to say it was under 4 miles out and back. The trail actually goes almost 8 miles until it hits the continental divide/monarch pass trail. Wrote All Trails support after bumping into a lady at the trail head who looked concerned and said her kids were hiking on it way longer than she had expected. All trails quickly updated it to the full 13.5mi total out and back that it should be if you take it all the way to the CDT. Thanks AllTrails support! :)

hiking
3 months ago

only the interference with motorized bikes and mtn bikes - they FLY down - forces this hiker to give the trail a less-than-5-star rating. it's gorgeous. and it goes and goes - the 3.6 mile length posted here seems arbitrary. we went to the point where the trail crosses the creek (5 miles?) and saw no marker along the way. did see plenty of beaver ponds, aspen stands and wildflowers. in this season of extreme drought, this trail feels like Eden.

hiking
6 months ago

Trail not too bad for early April...a few water crossings & ice/snow cover towards the start but dry for the most part. A few trees over the trail but easy to detour or climb over.

hiking
Sunday, October 08, 2017

Beautiful alongside creek entire hike. At a very slow pace we did 2 hours up and back but did not make it to end.

Leaves gorgeous! Beware of some fast bike downhillers (not cross country) barreling it down

hiking
Friday, October 06, 2017

The river is beautiful and since we were here in October, the Aspens were beautiful too. Trailhead was super easy to find with these directions! 

off road driving
Wednesday, September 13, 2017

To those that don't like the motos on this trail... it was built by dirtbikers and is maintained by dirtbikers. It does not allow ATVs.

Monday, July 24, 2017

We had a great hike on Greens Creek. It does appear to be a popular downhill mtn bike trail so as long as you are aware of possible bikers coming down, you will be fine. It's a beautiful trail with variety of landscapes and terrain. It does appear to go much further than 3.6 miles however. We only went that far but you can take it all the way to where it meets the Monarch Crest Trail.

hiking
Monday, July 17, 2017

I'm a native of Colorado and just recently moved to Salida. I have NEVER seen a trail that allows hikers and Moto (dirt bikes, atvs) allowed on the same trail!! This trail allows; hikers, Mtn bikers, horses, and Dirt bikes! Insane. My dog and I almost got hit by 8 dirt bikes flying down the trail. Not cool. I'm all for sharing the trail with horses and Mtn bikers, but nothing motorized.

Thursday, July 06, 2017

Not the easiest to get to (driving) but the hiking was nice. Lots of water along the trail for the pooch to hike along!

hiking
Wednesday, July 05, 2017

Beautiful trail, switching between tree cover and open semi-arid terrain. Great for dogs, with plenty of opportunities for them to grab a drink from the creek. Hiked this trail on July 4th - even then, ran into very few people.

hiking
Thursday, May 25, 2017

We took our 2 dogs on this trail. We loved it. There was no trail marker indicating when you hit the end of the 3.6 miles. We went 5 miles out and then back. Trail was clearly marked. We only saw one other group The whole 10 miles. We turned around when we hit consistant snow covering the trail. It was slushy and we all kept sinking in the snow. Great day! I love the sound the trees make when the wind blows and the cool wind felt great! We saw absolutely no wildlife. Okay maybe some birds, but that was it.

Friday, April 28, 2017

Stopped at the beaver dam

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Monday, October 31, 2016

hiking
Monday, July 18, 2016

beautiful wildflowers, great for small children.

hiking
Tuesday, August 25, 2015

Beautiful scenery with the sounds of the stream nearby. Mostly shaded and the terrain has good variations of nature.

Monday, June 30, 2014

Had a great time. The trail is easy (at least the first half - which is all we did) and it has a lot of variety; Aspens, Beaver ponds, etc.

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