Mad Creek Trail is a 8.8 mile heavily trafficked out and back trail located near Steamboat Springs, Colorado that features a river and is rated as moderate. The trail offers a number of activity options and is best used from March until November. Dogs and horses are also able to use this trail.

Distance: 8.8 miles Elevation Gain: 1,322 feet Route Type: Out & Back

dog friendly

kid friendly

hiking

horseback riding

mountain biking

bird watching

running

forest

river

views

wild flowers

wildlife

Please note: As of Feb 23, 2020, users have reported that there are temporary closures in this area. Please consult the park's website before visiting. 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.

hiking
4 days ago

Really enjoyed this hike. The cabin is about 2 miles from the trailhead. Beautiful views and a great place to have lunch or a snack. We hiked the other 2 1/2 miles to where the creek crossed the trail. Some were crossing and continuing. We loved that the landscape changed during the hike. Areas where it was flat and others that were a little steep. A great variety!

hiking
5 days ago

Great, but crowded, hiking trail. Walk by the river for some great views and wonderful sounds of the water.

hiking
13 days ago

Trail was mostly dry, didn't run into any snow. You can make it to the river crossing ~4.5 miles from the trailhead but water was too high to easily cross.

hiking
18 days ago

Other than the occasional dog shit, the trail was in great shape. Thank you

hiking
snow
3 months ago

This trail is closed until April 15.

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snow
6 months ago

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icy
muddy
snow
6 months ago

Great trail. Trail starts off with an incline for the first half mile to mile then levels out. Trail is challenging with the mix of ice, snow, and mud. The barn is the halfway point to the end.

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icy
muddy
snow
6 months ago

Great trail. Trail starts off with an incline for the first half mile to mile then levels out. Trail is challenging with the mix of ice, snow, and mud. The barn is the halfway point to the end.

hiking
7 months ago

Decent hike on a day we didn’t feel like going too hard. The creek is out of view for most of the hike.

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rocky
7 months ago

We hiked 2 miles to the barn. Beautiful day with Fall colors. Will go back to hike the whole thing.

hiking
7 months ago

Pleasant and gradual climb for first 2 miles in to the restored ‘barn’. Wide enough trail for horses and lots of evidence- although we didn’t see any; go early because the foot traffic picks up mid day due to ease of access from Steamboat Springs.

hiking
7 months ago

I thought this was an interesting hike for the first 3 miles, then it was pretty boring after that. Lots of chipmunks around so dogs who chase after things might want to leave at home.

hiking
8 months ago

Great trail. I made it 3.5miles out before turning around. The beginning of the trail is uphill but still easy enough to push through it with no breaks. Lots of horse poop on the trail which is probably the worst part of it. Other than that, it’s a nice easy hike.

hiking
9 months ago

Sweet trail! Nice sound of creek below. Rebuilt barn at 2 mi. Nice creekside rest spot thereafter. Steep first ascent, then mostly level or gentle uphill. Hiked to 2.7 mi point.

hiking
9 months ago

It was a hot and sunny day. Started a lil late ~ 11:30. Started off with the best cinnamon roll and almond croissant from #smellthatbreadbakery then on to our hike. A lil elevation was perfect training for our flatland legs. Most of the trail is sun exposed with little tree cover. Stopped along the creek to cool off. There was a lot of brush towards the end of the trail. Our return was better because it was downhill and also overcast. Made it to the barn before it started to rain. Last 2 miles went by quickly. Did not see any fresh horse

hiking
9 months ago

Beautiful hike. Sound of the creek/river along the way, with great cliffs and views

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bugs
muddy
off trail
over grown
9 months ago

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off trail
9 months ago

horseback riding
9 months ago

Left at 8:45 on a Tuesday. Moderate traffic of hikers and dogs. Saw bikers in parking lot but not on trail. Wasn’t too steep for horses but first mile up the trail goes next to steep drop offs. Trail was wide enough for hikers to stand to side and horses pass easily enough.. Trail flattened out and was able to long trot horses. We did a little different from this map because I was with a local. Added a loop that goes back behind the cabin. Beautiful scenery and shaded in parts. The rushing river was cool to hear. Lots of chipmunks. Heard and saw 2 rattlesnakes just off trail. Enjoy and be safe out there.

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no shade
9 months ago

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9 months ago

go-to trail for an easy after-work hike. if you go on the weekends get there early, the lot fills up fast. heavily trafficked. out n back to the barn is around 4mi, or do the loop by crossing the bridge for a full 6 mi.

hiking
9 months ago

Good trail. Some climbing at the start and a steeper section for the final mile before the turnaround point. Nice flowers and rushing creek down in the canyon.

hiking
10 months ago

Great trail! Steep to start, but levels off. Saw tons of dogs who looked happy as could be. Would recommend going earlier in the morning. We started at 9ish and it was perfect. Coming back down the trail was getting very busy. Beautiful views and great scenery!

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