Mad Creek Trail

MODERATE 68 reviews

Mad Creek Trail is a 8.8 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
8.8 miles
ELEVATION GAIN
1322 feet
ROUTE TYPE
Out & Back

dog friendly

kid friendly

hiking

horseback riding

mountain biking

trail running

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.

21 days ago

Great time, still pretty deep snow near the end.

hiking
6 months ago

Awesome

hiking
7 months 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
7 months 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!

7 months 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.

8 months ago

Awesome hiking. Well marked and beautiful.

8 months ago

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

9 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
9 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
9 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.

10 months ago

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

11 months ago

Great hike and the trail is in great shape

hiking
11 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.

Thursday, February 23, 2017

Great trail! Very very busy!

hiking
Thursday, October 20, 2016

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.

Sunday, October 16, 2016

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

hiking
Friday, September 23, 2016

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

hiking
Monday, September 05, 2016

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

hiking
Sunday, September 04, 2016

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

hiking
Tuesday, August 23, 2016

Beautiful! We hiked up to the intersection of the Mtn Zirkle Wilderness entrance. The trail was easy and dog friendly.

Saturday, August 20, 2016

Pretty hike with mad creek below. Hike doesn't seem like 4 miles from TH to old cabin to TH. Once i get a bike i would love to go back

hiking
Wednesday, August 10, 2016

Dang that's so gorgeous! One of the most beautiful hikes. We went up to the barn and back. 4miles. So nice.

hiking
Sunday, August 07, 2016

The hike to mad creek barn is not too challenging and offers wonderful views. Would definitely travel this trail again in the future.

hiking
Tuesday, July 19, 2016

A great trail for nearly all hiking abilities. This is what we call a, "Do Again" hike, and so it is the second time we hiked Mad Creek, as it was our second time in Steamboat. We tracked the mileage closer to 5 miles round trip, not the 8 written in the description. We have yet to experience horses and bikers on the trail, but certainly a decent number of hikers...and we went relatively early. We also experienced one mad mama cow. She would not let us pass on the trail. If we tried to cut through vegetation, she tried to head us off. Finally, a calf popped up through the tall vegetation and we understood what was going on. We waited for the calf to get caught up to mama, and all was good. We renamed the trail, Mad Cow Creek! Be well.

Wednesday, June 29, 2016

Excellent! Did it in the early morning just after dawn, in late June, great time to take it!

hiking
Sunday, June 19, 2016

Wildflowers and golden dirt and beautiful views and opportunities to dip feet in the creek. Water was high mid June.

Sunday, June 05, 2016

Great day hike. Different types of terrain throughout the hike. Short, quick, and close to steamboat!

hiking
Thursday, May 05, 2016

Very beautiful, would recommend traveling light. Great place to get away for the day and so close to town!

Sunday, November 08, 2015

Beautiful trail with outstanding views, all leading to an historic barn.. Excellent photo opportunities! Trail was snow covered and very manageable.. Love this hike

hiking
Monday, September 07, 2015

Great varied views with cool old cabins and creek sounds most of the way. Toddler walked 2 of 7 miles. Easy trail!

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