Marvine Loop Trail

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Marvine Loop Trail is a 21.4 mile moderately trafficked loop trail located near Meeker, Colorado that features a lake and is only recommended for very experienced adventurers. The trail offers a number of activity options and is best used from June until October. Dogs and horses are also able to use this trail.

DISTANCE
21.4 miles
ELEVATION GAIN
3589 feet
ROUTE TYPE
Loop

dog friendly

backpacking

camping

fly fishing

hiking

trail running

horseback riding

forest

lake

views

wildlife

blowdown

bridge out

muddy

Directions from Meeker: East Marvine Trail is located 35 miles east of Meeker. Take State Highway 13 east out of Meeker for one mile; turn right on County Road 8 for 28 miles; turn right, cross the bridge and turn left on the Marvine Creek Road (County Road 12) for 6 miles to the Marvine trailhead parking area.

backpacking
2 months ago

This trail was very beautiful, the scenery was literally breathtaking! Both Marvine Trails (East and west) were very well travelled and easy to follow but once you get to the "trail" that connects the two you better have a good sense of direction, a map to follow, and altimeter, and something that keeps track of mileage. The trail literally disappears at the top of the plateau and you have to figure out which way to go and for how long. My group got so lost going from West Marvine to East Marvine that we ended up in the middle of the plateau, cliffs all around us, and 6 miles out of the way of the trail. We were forced to go through some tretortous terrain just to finally find the trail so far from where we realized we were lost at and we had a map of the area and a Garmin watch that kept track of all our mileage and stuff. Our 21.8 mile hike quite rapidly became a 29 mile hike and I was to the point of calling search and rescue to come help us. My advice: get a fishing license before you go so if you have to call search and rescue it's at no charge to you, buy a handheld and topographic map of the region, and hope that you can make your way from one Marvine trail to the other without getting as lost as we did. Oh and bring a water purifier because I know we ran out of water on top of the plateau and had to stop at a stream to fill up.

backpacking
3 months ago

Some of the most beautiful scenery in CO! We backpacked the full loop over three days in August hiking about 7 miles per day. Weather was perfect. We started the loop going counterclockwise and returned on East Marvine Trail.

There was plenty of the water on the trail, including streams, ponds and lakes, but we made sure to fill up at each opportunity. The trail is not well marked with sign posts except for a few locations, but is fairly easy to follow. Few horse trails branch off. There are also a good amount of stream/river crossings.

About half way out where you reach the top of the flat tops, the trail disappears completely in places and is only marked with cairns and post (but some have fallen down). Best to have a compass for this section to avoid walking the wrong direction. It helped immensely to have the AllTrails map too. Make sure you have plenty of water BEFORE you reach the flat tops as there is no water available for this section (in August) until you're back down the other side of the mountain - a good 4-5 miles.

trail running
Monday, June 06, 2016

this is beautiful country and there was not a soul in sight either. This is more of a horse trailer but hiking would also be good. Running was a bit rough because the trail is not in the best condition. There are a lot of fallen trees but overall this a great trail with gorgeous views as the trail runs a couple hundred feet above a river. The trailhead starts right at the first campground at the end of county road 12, super easy to find.