Mad Creek Trail

MODERATE 51 reviews
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Mad Creek Trail is a 8.9 mile lightly trafficked out and back trail located near Clark, Colorado and is rated as moderate. The trail is primarily used for hiking, trail running, horses, and mountain biking and is best used from March until November. Dogs and horses are also able to use this trail.

DISTANCE
8.9 miles
ELEVATION GAIN
1568 feet
ROUTE TYPE
Out & Back

dog friendly

kid friendly

hiking

mountain biking

trail running

horseback riding

Deep canyons, old mining cabins, aspen groves and great views! Hike starts out very steep and gains over 800 vertical feet of elevation within the first 1.5 miles. Hike in Spring, Summer and Fall for best trail conditions. After October 15th, expect to use snow shoes and/or crampons as ice and snow will be present above 8,500 feet. Avoid this trail during winter due to the extreme snowfall in Nov-Mar. Mad Creek Trail is beautiful with Aspen groves, bolders and deep canyon views in areas. If you are planning on camping, flat ground is at a premium on this trail. TRy campin at about 2 miles in at or near the old US Forest Service Cabin, or go on up to around 3.8 miles to a small meadow by the creek. Trail is shared with horses and bikes so be careful during summer when the trail is very crowded.

53 minutes ago

awesome views. a bit challenging for me as an unexperienced hiker but in good shape. Hardest part was the last .25 miles which is quite uphill. The start is pretty steep too but you have energy.

hiking
5 days ago

Good hike. Went to the cabin. Had 3 kids in tow, ages 8, 6, and 3. Trail did not have much shade so would recommend doing it early. We started at 11 and finished about 2 after taking a break at the cabin and it was hot in full sun - 82 degrees at this altitude sneaks up on you. The river is not accessible till the top by cabin nor safe for kids as it was raging.

hiking
5 days ago

Beautiful trail, and weather helped a lot. By the time we leave will have competed close to 50 miles of trails. Hiked all the way to the Mount Zirkel Wilderness, was just going to do a loop off of 1100 1100.1 to 1140.1 but missed the switch to 1140.1 oh well got more mileage, but this trail 1100.1 was really over grown, more hikers should take this to Mount Zirkel Wilderness sign.... it is beautiful.

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12 days ago

Nice easy hike with the dogs. Lots of river access for dogs to cool off.

26 days ago

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1 month ago

Great hike and the trail is in great shape

hiking
2 months ago

Light to moderate traffic. Started around 10 am on Sunday (April 23) and saw probably a dozen people total. Amazing scenery and while the first part is a little steep for beginners, it's very much worth it.

2 months ago

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4 months ago

Great trail! Very very busy!

7 months ago

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8 months ago

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.

8 months ago

Nice hike above MAD Creek and up to very cool Barn and beyond

hiking
9 months ago

We have kicked this trail on several occasions and have really enjoyed the view above mad Creek.
We will be hiking it tomorrow.

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9 months ago

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9 months ago

Really great trail. Very cool change of scenery throughout the trail from the hike along the river to the meadows.

hiking
9 months ago

Picturesque and relaxed hike. Great option for a short day hike.