Greens Creek Trail is a 13.5 mile moderately 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

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horseback riding

mountain biking

nature trips

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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.

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snow
26 days ago

I hit snow around 3 moles in. otherwise it's almost totally clear and dry!

hiking
9 months ago

This trail is a MUST MUST!! It is lush, it is shady, and it is anything but monotonous. Gradual and totally doable incline. There were quite a few dirt bikes but they are SIQQ (edge lord’s dream come true)! The road to the trailhead is fun and rocky; I would definitely recommend 4WD. Perfect day hike especially if you get started a little later in the day. But don’t take my word for it

hiking
10 months ago

The trail follows the creek through a lush forest. It’s uphill all the way, but not brutally so.

hiking
10 months ago

This trail is a wonderful moderate hike. It does not have a ton to offer in the way of spectacular views, but the creek was very high and so serene. This is a wonderful hike for dogs. The trail is a very gradual incline so it’s never too strenuous of a hike. We made it about 4.5 miles in before downed trees and a too high water crossing made us turn back around. Plenty of shade along the way too. Definitely recommended!

hiking
rocky
11 months ago

beautiful changes in landscape, you're along greens creek alot of the way, very high water this time of year! beautiful! will come back!

hiking
11 months ago

It a long trail. And the climb is very gradual...Had to turn around because of snow about 9300. There is so much snow! And an avalanch remains acrosd the trail.

running
11 months ago

Great trail. Lots of aspens and water access. Usually not that many wheeled machine on this trail, but they are present more some days than other days, and you should know that. For pedestrians and equestrians, please don't let the motorcycles and mountain bikers push you around. They need to respect other users and the more you jump our of their way, the more you encourage their entitlement to push their way through. Don't get hurt by some idiot who doesn't have the courtesy to slow down, but try to hold your ground to some degree and let them know they are NOT entitled to blow throw pushing everything out of their way. There is a fine line between a hiker getting out of the way after maintaining their ground to let the other users know they should slow their speed, and just jumping out of the way to let them fly by. It's nice to make space and let the m-bikers and motos get by, but only once they have shown respect and willingness to slow down considerably. It makes sense to let motos through so they don't end up getting off the trail and destroying vegetation, but m-bikers really need to do speed checks and remember they ALWAYS share the space... it's not about them going fast - it's about everybody having safe access to the public trails.

hiking
Mon Aug 13 2018

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
Mon Jul 09 2018

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
Sat Apr 07 2018

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
Sun Oct 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
Fri Oct 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! 

ohv/off road driving
Wed Sep 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.

Mon Jul 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
Mon Jul 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.

Thu Jul 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
Wed Jul 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
Thu 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.

Fri Apr 28 2017

Stopped at the beaver dam

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Mon Jul 18 2016

beautiful wildflowers, great for small children.

hiking
Tue Aug 25 2015

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

Mon Jun 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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