Newlin Creek Trail is a 6.2 mile heavily trafficked out and back trail located near Florence, Colorado that features a waterfall and is rated as moderate. The trail is primarily used for hiking, horses, and backpacking and is best used from May until October. Dogs are also able to use this trail but must be kept on leash.

Distance: 6.2 miles Elevation Gain: 2,125 feet Route Type: Out & Back

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Newlin Creek Trail is used primarily for hiking, but is also open to mountain bikes and horses. Primitive camping is available, but be mindful of fire restrictions as this is a high fire danger area. The trail is easy for approximately the first .5 miles, it becomes moderate after that. There are single track and loose stone areas. You will cross Newlin Creek multiple times so high water should be taken into consideration. This trail was formerly a logging road - although impossible to tell now! An old steam boiler, flywheel, and chimney are all that remain of a sawmill operation at the destination meadow. The road leading to the trailhead might be difficult for 2WD vehicles.

hiking
3 days ago

It's a beautiful trail, with a good balance of sun and shade, follows the creek to the sawmill. There's plenty of water for dogs, and several easy creek crossings. I hiked about a third of a mile up past the sawmill but the trail left the creek and got steeper and was less maintained, with logs fallen over it, and became harder to find. I had no information from this app's description about what it lead to from there and decided I was probably done at the sawmill and headed back down.

hiking
11 days ago

Great hike with a lot of picturesque waterfalls! It gets pretty cold at the top so bring a light jacket to keep the weather out.

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rocky
12 days ago

I would rate the first couple miles as moderate, until you reach the old saw mill. I think many people turn around at the mill, because the trail narrows and becomes slightly overgrown shortly after. It also turns nearly straight up the mountain for the next mile with few breaks to catch your breath. So that part was accurately rated as hard. The views are great at the top. It’s a surprisingly healthy forest considering all the droughts in Colorado. You can see the Sangre de Cristos to the west, and Pikes Peak to the north. The trail is located in the Florence Mountain Park. There are no fees, but the road is rough asphalt, then dirt, then in the park it narrows to nearly one lane and rough. There were several cars in the lot, so you don’t need a high clearance vehicle, but it probably makes it easier.

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rocky
scramble
16 days ago

Great trail, very loose in many areas, trekking poles might be a good idea. Plenty of shade and breeze, extremely quiet except for the birds. Bring plenty of water or a filter, plenty of water nearby on the trail. There are no distance markers, so if you have someone in the group that keeps asking “how much further?!” bring a GPS….

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rocky
22 days ago

Absolutely beautiful trail. Lots of water crossings - bring hiking sticks for balance. Fairly overgrown closer to the end of the trail.

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rocky
1 month ago

First time on this hike, and we'll be back.

hiking
1 month ago

Beautiful trail, we went during the week and we saw very few people. There is an old train and a TP up on the top. It was pretty hot but shaded in many paces with a cool breeze from the creek.

1 month ago

Beautiful trail!

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icy
muddy
1 month ago

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rocky
1 month ago

Very peaceful hike along the creek! It’s easy to lose track of the trail at times however.

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blowdown
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scramble
1 month ago

All I have to say is.Oww

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2 months ago

Great trail with beautiful views. I couldn’t finish it because one of my dogs does not do well with rocks and at a point it got too rocky

hiking
2 months ago

Awesome hike especially if you make it up to the wood mill. Its a ways back but well worth the hike in.

3 months ago

We had to park at the entrance of the park due to road conditions. When we arrived the road was frozen but knew as the day got warmer that it would be a slushie, muddy mess and boy were we correct. So this added 2 miles to our round trip. We started up the road and had to put our crampons on as soon as we passed the private residence on the left. The road up was icy. The trail was icy and snow-packed. We got within a half a mile before we decided we should turn around, the snow was getting over knee-deep and we were postholing it and it just was a struggle to move. CRAMPONS ARE A MUST if you want to get anywhere on this one. Such a beautiful hike, we did this a few years ago in the spring and it was amazing. Happy hiking

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icy
muddy
rocky
snow
3 months ago

We had to park at the entrance of the park due to road conditions. When we arrived the road was frozen but knew as the day got warmer that it would be a slushie, muddy mess and boy were we correct. So this added 2 miles to our round trip. We started up the road and had to put our crampons on as soon as we passed the private residence on the left. The road up was icy. The trail was icy and snow-packed. We got within a half a mile before we decided we should turn around, the snow was getting over knee-deep and we were postholing it and it just was a struggle to move. CRAMPONS ARE A MUST if you want to get anywhere on this one. Such a beautiful hike, we did this a few years ago in the spring and it was amazing. Will be back to complete in the summer. Happy Hiking

hiking
7 months ago

Beautiful hike, especially in the fall! Beginning of October leaves just barely changing

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