Mad Creek Trail

MODERATE 67 reviews

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.

10 days ago

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11 days ago

Awesome

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12 days ago

28 days ago

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1 month ago

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1 month ago

Great family hike. About 2.5 miles to the bridge and creek. Took the kids and the dog. Beautiful views that are super easy to get to.

trail running
1 month ago

After about the first mile and 350' of elevation, the trail flattens out into fields and tall ferns with lots of birch trees. I was amazed at how runable this trek was. we continued on making a loop of 16 miles using Elk Park Trail (downed trees, elevation, the path lass traveled) connecting that to Bear Creek Trail, a two-track road which were runable as well then through the Strawberry Hot Springs then a quick jaunt down the paved Rd back to the Mad Creek trail head. unfortunately AllTrails does not show the Elk Park Trail here because it was an interesting loop! For runability + exploration I found this loop exciting!

1 month ago

Nice walk. kids liked the barn, playing in stream and the cows on the trail. we did not go all the way to the end. turned back a little after barn.

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2 months ago

Awesome hiking. Well marked and beautiful.

2 months ago

Great trail, did the whole loop. Roughly 6 miles around

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3 months 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
3 months 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
3 months 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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4 months ago