Sarvis Creek

MODERATE 39 reviews
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Sarvis Creek is a 10.1 mile moderately trafficked out and back trail located near Steamboat Springs, Colorado that features a great forest setting and is rated as moderate. The trail is primarily used for hiking, walking, nature trips, and bird watching and is best used from May until October. Dogs are also able to use this trail.

Distance: 10.1 miles Elevation Gain: 1,692 feet Route Type: Out & Back

dog friendly

hiking

nature trips

walking

bird watching

forest

views

Directions from Yampa: West Trailhead (County Road 18 ): Follow State Hwy 131, 8 miles north from Yampa to County Road 14. Go east on 14, 4 miles to County Road 18A. Follow 18A east 0.6 mile to County Road 18. Follow 18, 3.2 miles to the trailhead.

hiking
4 months ago

Very nice trail with great aspen viewing - although we were a few days late for peak viewing. Colors got better the further we climbed. The road in was rough, but quite passable. And there is an alternative way in via Stagecoach Reservoir.

hiking
5 months ago

Beautiful varied terrain, moderate climbing

hiking
5 months ago

Note: the road to get to the trailhead is in really bad shape, and I wouldn't recommend it without a vehicle suitable for rugged terrain. There's a trail that starts from the parking lot, but that isn't it. You actually have to go through the gate and across the bridge a ways to get to the trail. We only got a couple miles up the trail, but it was lovely. It was quiet and nicely forested alongside the creek, and there were plenty of wildflowers out. It was a steady uphill climb, but I'd like to try it again and go a bit further.

hiking
6 months ago

Nice trail. Enjoyed the hike. We only went in 45 minutes and back.

backpacking
bugs
6 months ago

Went 7.5 miles up and camped for 2 nights. Only saw a handful of people and was the only one staying the night on the trail. Saw a few bears from a safe distance, and some deer and marmots. Great trip overall!

hiking
muddy
7 months ago

Great for trout fishing. Not many people. Took a great nap in my hammock at the halfway point.

hiking
blowdown
muddy
8 months ago

05/2019 Great hike, very remote, didn't see another person all day. Road to the trailhead was closed so I had to hike in but that in itself made this hike great, I'm sure when it's open there are more people out on the trail. Trail was roughly maintained, looked as if it took a beating this last winter. Snow drifts across trail still 2 feet deep in some places. Greatly enjoyed the hike, I think next time I will make it an overnight. Be aware of your surroundings here, big predator signs litter the trail.

hiking
Sun Aug 12 2018

Closed as of 8/11/18 due to fire in the Sarvis Creek Wilderness. We hiked into the trail after the postings on the trailhead were unclear if this particular trail was closed. About .25 miles into the hike there was a black bear peacefully eating berries off a bush that was overhanging the trail. We were maybe 15 yards from the bear and it quickly scurried off into the bushes when it heard us. Large (probably bear) scat on the trail further ahead. About .7 miles into the hike we found a clear and distinct warning that this trail was closed from a gate that guarded the trail and was locked. Posted warning stated all of the Sarvis Creek Wilderness Area was closed due to the fire. I imagine not much human trail activity for the past few weeks may have invited bears and other wildlife closer to the trail. Otherwise looked like a beautiful hike and I will be back when the fires have run their course.

hiking
Sun Jul 01 2018

Mid June, 2 pm. Challenging trail, variety of terrain and scenery. Tall grasses, wild flowers, running water, rocky areas. Bring lots of water, use spf and bug spray. Was told by a local who runs it daily with to watch out for bear, mountain lion and moose (who do not like dogs). Know what to do in each of these situations if you come across one of them. Went up to bridge at creek and returned, about 4-5 miles round trip. On way down sun was going down. Saw large range of markings, prints and paths from larger animals- a bit freaked out especially with no one else on trail and sun going down, was watching out for listed above most of the hike which took away from some enjoyment. Regardless of that a beautiful highly recommended hike in a gorgeous park and area of the state.

hiking
Sat Apr 21 2018

I recommend waiting until late-May to hike the trail...recently did an overnight backpacking trip here and could only get about 2.5 miles in (due to snow that was 1 - 2 feet in places) before I had to make camp. You could see the snow was rapidly melting, but it will take a while. Also, you will have to park about 1.5 miles from the trailhead and walk a dirt road to the Sarvis Creek trailhead...this will be the case until a downed tree is cleaned up on the access road. I look forward to coming back this summer and hiking the entire trail. The scenery was great, and I did see a bald eagle and herd of elk on my short hike.

Thu Aug 17 2017

Great trail, lots of bear markings so be watchful! Didn't make it quite to the end as weather was turning ominous. Would highly recommend it!

Thu Jul 13 2017

Beautiful trail! Some overgrown grass in areas, so make sure to wear bug spray! We turned around after 3 miles in due to a mountain lion on the trail! He was chilling on a rock in front of us and didn't seem concerned with us, but we weren't comfortable continuing on. There were several small creeks and streams that would be good for dogs.

hiking
Wed Jul 05 2017

Stunning, alpine woods. Alongside a creek for portions of the way. Some wildflowers were out. Most of the outbound trek is uphill on compacted dirt trail. After the bridge, about 2 miles out, the trail is narrower and rockier due to less use, but still beautiful. We went at 8:30am and had the trail to ourselves.

hiking
Tue Jul 04 2017

Went about 6 miles (round trip). The trail is well maintained, with nicely varied uphill and downhill sections of the trail. Trail conditions were dry.

hiking
Fri Jun 30 2017

Mostly uphill. Very narrow with high grass in many spots. Lots of Aspen trees and woods scenery. Go as far as you like and enjoy!

Wed May 31 2017

We were there on May 28th and the gate was locked, but we walked 2 miles to trailhead and it was worth it. Most of trail is beautiful single track with lots of aspen. Very pretty setting along a creek. Moderate and consistent upslope. Sections of trail were pretty sloppy and muddy after prior days rain. Overall, excellent trail.

hiking
Tue Aug 23 2016

Nice easy trail! We turned back at the bridge. Lovely combination of forest, tall grasses, and wildflowers on the hike, and the creek was beautiful. We only saw a couple other people along the way, so it was nice and quiet.

hiking
Mon Jul 06 2015

Challenging but Sarvis Creek is beautiful with so many pools and wildflowers galore

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