Salt Creek Trail (#618) is a 25 mile moderately trafficked out and back trail located near Fairplay, Colorado that features a river and is rated as difficult. The trail offers a number of activity options and is best used from June until September. Dogs and horses are also able to use this trail.

Distance: 25.0 miles Elevation Gain: 5,114 feet Route Type: Out & Back

dog friendly



horseback riding

mountain biking

nature trips

bird watching





wild flowers


over grown

South Park Ranger District (719) 836-2031

1 month ago

11 months ago

Fire block has been lifted at trailhead. Updated map posting at trailhead shows barred areas. Some flooding at N Fork crossing. Were able to jump across about 150' N of crossing. You could walk through at crossing if you removed your boots. This trail offers forest, meadows, vistas, and heights. Couple areas get your blood moving, but overall pretty chill/steady. Recommend starting earlier in day. Trees in forest aren't the type to offer much shade to the trail by mid-day. We started 730, took a couple nice breaks and lunch, and wrapped by before 1330.

Fri Sep 07 2018

Due to the recent fire, the road leading to the trail is currently closed.

Sun Jul 23 2017

Nice trail. Lots of water access. Crossings were easy late July. Dogs got a bit muddy but well defined trail. A few steeps, but not tough. I only did 3.5 miles in and back.

Tue Sep 27 2016

Came into the middle of the trail and really enjoyed the forest especially with the fall colors

Mon Aug 17 2015

I really want to come back and do this hike when the Aspens turn in the fall. It was a very serene hike - beautiful, lush forest that reminded me of New England. Plan to walk most of the road to the trailhead unless you want to do some serious off-roading. The trail was obvious, but overgrown in spots (see attached photo).

Sat Nov 11 2017