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.

Length10.1 miElevation gain1,692 ftRoute typeOut & back
HikingNature tripsWalkingBird watchingDog friendlyForestViews
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As of June 08, 2020, users have reported that the gate is still CLOSED so it’s 2.3 miles walk to trailhead.

Colorado Tourism Office, 1625 Broadway, Suite 1700 , Denver, CO, 80202, Phone: 800-COLORADO

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.

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Bonner Gilmore
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G Woz
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HikingGreat!

awesome hike with fall colors

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Rachel W
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Trail is clear to the top. Some water is running in lower creeks.

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Rachel Penney
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HikingBlowdown

Trees are down everywhere starting at 1.5 mile in from the 9/8 storm. Became impassable by mile 2.

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Mary Wendel
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Beautiful and quiet hike away from the more popular trails in the area. We didn’t hike the whole out and back due to traveling with kids but the part we did was peaceful and scenic. There are trailheads at both ends of the trail (read other reviews for details). Heed the warnings of others about high clearance vehicles, as the dirt/gravel road is rather hard to pass in certain places due to other vehicles bottoming out and making deep tracks. Note: we saw a black bear on this trail. Travel in groups and review wildlife safety guidelines before hiking.

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Heather Byron
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HikingGreat!

All Trails map is only half of this trail. It's USFS #1105 and has an east trail head in the Buffalo Park area. The total trail length is approx 11.5 miles. Completed this hike from east to west as an overnight adventure. The first half had no people and lots of wildlife signs. The second half (as seen on All Trails) had a few people but was still really beautiful.

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Caitlin Zematis
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Nature tripsGreat!Over grown

Great hike, a bit steep at points but well worth it. A lot of wildflowers. A little overgrown in sections but trail is still very visible. Very few people as well. We made it about 3.5 miles then had to turn around which is unfortunate as I would have loved to see it all the way to the end.

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Sarah Polich
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Can drive all the way to trailhead but warning that the last 2.5 miles on the dirt road to get there is a bumpy ride. Hiked to the bridge - approx 5 miles round trip. Fairly steady uphill climb for first ~2 miles (with a slight decline, then more incline). Lots of butterflies and wildflowers in the beginning of the trail, and then fairly wooded with some downed trees across the path (easy to navigate around/over). Some nice views on the way down. No real vistas for most of the hike. Narrow path in the beginning until the wooded section.

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Kim Venuta
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HikingMuddy

We hiked this in a fall day in 2016. It was rainy so we wore our rain ponchos. It was quite muddy. We hiked to the bridge and back. About 4 miles. Easy hike.

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Brianne Orten
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It is a pretty steep climb. I had 3 kids so we only made it about 1.5 miles, so not sure if it levels out or has down hills on the other side.

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David Brod
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the gate is open! and there were a only a few trees down between the trailhead and the bridge. ripe for the hiking!

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Miranda Clemenson
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HikingBlowdown

Lots of blown down trees to scramble over, but really beautiful with little springs along the way. Tons of wildflowers to view this time of year

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Scott Haft
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Nice easy hike. No snow but some mud. Gate is still closed so it’s 2.3 miles walk to trailhead. Easier then mad Creek and Red rock.

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Diana Yu
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Kelsey Lane
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Great trail! Got to see some fresh moose tracks and only ran into one couple and they said Nisse and bears really need to be watched for on this trail. Very muddy and a bit snowy. We did have to walk all the way front when state park the road need a lot of fixing to get back to the trailhead. It’s 2.5 miles in the the trailhead mostly downhill but that means you are doing uphill on the way out.

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Matt Goodwin
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Beautiful varied terrain, moderate climbing

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Matthew Hron
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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.

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

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Mike Berg
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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!

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James Lamar
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HikingMuddy

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

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Deidra Moss
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HikingBlowdownMuddy

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.

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Chris Kopel
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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.

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Nate Vogel
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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.

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Niki Scott
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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!

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Holli Watts
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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.

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