Newlin Creek Trail

MODERATE 141 reviews
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Newlin Creek Trail is a 5.8 mile lightly 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, trail running, and camping and is best used from May until October. Dogs are also able to use this trail but must be kept on leash.

DISTANCE
5.8 miles
ELEVATION GAIN
1614 feet
ROUTE TYPE
Out & Back

dogs on leash

kid friendly

camping

hiking

trail running

forest

river

views

waterfall

rocky

snow

Newlin Creek Trail is used primarily for hiking, but is also open to mountain bikes and horses. Primitive camping is available, but PLEASE 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.

hiking
24 days ago

Great hiking trail! There were some fallen trees and some patches of loose rock. Went to this trail on Memorial Day- and still it wasn't too busy. The road to the trail head is a bit difficult after passing the amphitheater. Recommend having a higher clearance vehicle unless you are adept at driving on that type of condition.

backpacking
30 days ago

Our family of four hiked up to the boiler as our first backpacking trip with the kids. Our boys are 8 and 9 and the trail was just about at their max difficulty point on the way up. The uphill sections are broken up with some nice level sections, so it's not too sustained. The stream crossings were a big hit and a mini-adventure each time we got to one. None of the crossings were too hard for the kids to do - just balance on the logs and walk across. The scenery was nice, with a good mix of boulders and trees. There are a good number of fallen trees, some quite recent, but they don't affect hiking on the trail. We saw lots of cool beetles and heard lots of birds.

We made it to the boiler in about 2.5 hours. In that same area are multiple (non-official) campsites. We picked one with some young aspen trees and stream access behind it. It wasn't very far off the trail, but it didn't matter, since no hikers came through after we arrived.

Minor note for those staying overnight: this location must be on a major cross-country airline route. Once the sun went down, we heard airliners going by every few minutes. This definitely took away from feeling you were out in the wilderness. We also heard lots of happy bird noises and a mouse who found some granola in one of the kid's packs.

In the morning we had breakfast, broke down camp, and hiked out in 1.5 hours. It was a pleasant walk out, with a different perspective.

The road in is fine for SUVs and probably most cars. It is only really bumpy after you leave the mountain park (0.9 miles to the trailhead). We passed a road grader smoothing out the road in the mountain park and then hit the somewhat rutted road to the trailhead. I wouldn't hesitate to drive it unless I had a car with low clearance.

hiking
1 month ago

Love this hike, but I’ll write a second review to note that the trail that continues past the sawmill gets very difficult to follow! Soon we hope to go mark it better for ours and everyone’s sakes, wouldn’t want anyone getting lost out there. It’s worth the extra mile to the top of the ridge, the path is marked by rock piles (inuksuk) and trail tape VERY SPARSELY! Please be safe and enjoy the beautiful views!

camping
1 month ago

Absolutely beautiful hike! Moderate rating on the maintained trail is accurate, though the trail continuing past the sawmill is harder by far and I would urge anyone going further than the sawmill to bring your own trail markers! The trail is sparsely marked after about a half mile. The extra mile is worth it though! Beautiful view of pikes peak.

hiking
2 months ago

On April 18, 2018, the trail was in excellent shape. No snow or mud. Creek crossings were easy, except one place about a mile and a half in from the trailhead where a large tree has fallen across the south side.
The Alltrails map depicts the trail ending just beyond the sawmill. But actually the trail continues north up the hill another mile or so to the top of the ridge where you can enjoy some breathtaking views of Pikes Peak and the Arkansas Valley. It makes the total round trip almost eight miles (about four hours), but it's worth the extra effort and time.

hiking
3 months ago

Went 3/21/2018. There was still a little ice on the ground and some of the creek was frozen. Quit a lot of rock and roots in the trail make it easy to trip. It is very easy at time then other times you have knee high rocks to climb over, with a 20foot cliff on one side of you, so I feel averaging it out, moderate was a fair rating Trail seems well maintained and the road had no major issues for my jeep. Took the dog, he got tired halfway up like we did, but still worth getting to the sawmill, and then to top. At a modest pace with a few breaks on the way there and back we did it in about 3.5 hours. Would go again, but most likely just to hike halfway and camp.

3 months ago

Awesome trail. Hiked it today 3/4/18.

The road: no problem till the last 1/2 mike where it became muddy, snowy, bumpy. If you were really careful you MIGHT be able to get a regular passenger car all the way to the trail head. I would recommend a high clearance 4wd for the road conditions at this time, or you could just park on the side of the road before you get to the bad spot.

The trail: about 40% mud/ice/snow covered but manageable if you’re fairly sure-footed. Just wear boots/shoes with good traction and be mindful while on the ice. Snow is not deep at all- maybe an inch or two in a few spots.

The time: if you’re a quick hiker- you can make it to the old sawmill (steam engine) in about an hour and fifteen minutes, and back down in an hour or less even with the ice.

Traffic: I went on a Sunday late afternoon and didn’t see anyone for the entire hike. Amazing place , which is evening more amazing considering there was no one there and the drive is only about an hour from Colorado Springs

hiking
4 months ago

Beautiful area and really nice hike, the creek was frozen in some areas.

Most of the trail had tree cover, sunscreen optional.

Recommend micro spikes or something similar due to the ice/snow on the trail.

Arrived at the trail-head on around 0900 and parking lot was empty.

A few primitive camping areas along the trail, mostly at the beginning and also near the steam engine. My recording shows the camping spots with pictures.

AllTrails does not have a way to communicate with other outdoor enthusiast, I can be reached on Facebook Messenger if you have any questions about this trail.

hiking
6 months ago

hiking the steam engine at the end is awesome

hiking
9 months ago

This is a nice walk among beautiful Forest, creeks, rock formations. It's listed as moderate, but if you were in average health you can make this walk.

10 months ago

beautiful scenery. steep incline at some points, but easily doable.

hiking
10 months ago

Great hike. Very peaceful with lots of little waterfalls to enjoy. Only a few other people on the trail. The trail does get difficult to follow in a few places and a couple crossings were tricky from all of the rain. But overall an enjoyable hike, I will be going back for sure.

10 months ago

It was a total of 5.83 miles from trailhead to the sawmill and back for our hike. Very humid, moderate trail is a fitting description, hard at times. You cross the river many times on makeshift log bridges. Several cool rock formations, a couple caves, the sawmill is interesting.

hiking
10 months ago

It was a total of 5.83 miles from trailhead to the sawmill and back for our hike. Very humid, moderate trail is a fitting description, hard at times. You cross the river many times on makeshift log bridges. Several cool rock formations, a couple caves, the sawmill is interesting.

hiking
11 months ago

this is a great hike. lots of streams and little waterfalls. had a great time with my hiking buddy. definitely going back!

hiking
11 months ago

Great trail! Lots of water falls, creek crossings, and shade for hot days. Found some pretty epic house sized boulders covered in chalk marks, must be popular for climbers. The mill at the end is a little underwhelming, lots of overnight options though.

not much for overlooks if thats what your after

hiking
11 months ago

The first 1.5 miles of the hike is very enjoyable and rather scenic with large rock faces and 2-3 small water falls. The farther into the hike the more the trail narrows and is harder to ascend and follow, towards the end it just stops. The last 1.3 miles are rather difficult. You will cross the creek 18 times over logs and rocks if you do the entire trail. The first 1.5 miles is the more scenic part. But if you are hiking for pure exercise, the entire trail will be for you.

11 months ago

works good

horseback riding
11 months ago

What a beautiful area to see. We tried to ride our horses up the trail, but after fighting with my horse to cross the water 4 times and almost pulling a hind shoe off we turned and went back, fighting again to cross the creek. This trail could use some serious maintenance done to it and the road to get up there. Fallen and leaning trees made the main trail impassable in places. Maybe even some user friendly water crossings for all would be great. The scenery was really beautiful. I would classify this trail as intermediate to hard, no way is it easy even in the beginning.

11 months ago

Beautiful and technically challenging. You will be crossing the creek many times over logs. It is serene and isolated.

hiking
Saturday, June 10, 2017

Great trail with clear path. Hiked this trail 1st in early June and waterfalls were flowing fast. Get there early as parking becomes an issue at trail head.

Monday, May 29, 2017

Pretty trail, could use some work on some of the creek crossings though.

Sunday, May 21, 2017

Good times.

Sunday, May 21, 2017

Total time round trip to the mill and back is approx 4-5 hours. There are 16 stream crossings each way (32 total). The water was high so everyone eventually got wet. We had 2 dogs and two kids and stopped for lunch. The mill is great. Try to find the chimney, it's marked with red tape.

hiking
Monday, May 08, 2017

5-6-17. My wife and I decided to take a hike and we sure chose a nice one. 81 degrees but felt like 65 in the canyon Seemed to be pretty busy. Passing people constantly
Not sure what people don't understand about ( keep your dog on a leash ) but maybe it's difficult for "some" to understand
Your dog may be the friendliest in the world but we don't know that when they come running up to us and your nowhere in sight. Very startling when not expecting it. Thank you so much for those who do keep there dogs on a leash. And for those who don't. Well _________________
Over all it was an excellent hike

Friday, April 28, 2017

Beautiful hike

hiking
Saturday, April 15, 2017

Lots of fun with 16 crossings along the water. Beautiful area.

hiking
Sunday, March 26, 2017

The best trail in the wet mountains so for greenery and for a relaxing hike in a good size canyon. Lots of waterfalls and stream crossings.

Saturday, March 25, 2017

Great trail that crosses a creek multiple times. Great for our dogs to stay cool.

hiking
Saturday, March 18, 2017

beautiful. plan on a day. lots to see.

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