Sarvis Creek

MODERATE 19 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 birding and is best used from May until October. Dogs are also able to use this trail.

10.1 miles
1,692 feet
Out & Back

dog friendly



nature trips




As of August 2018, users have reported that the Sarvis Creek Wilderness is closed due to recent fires. Please contact the Forest Service before going.

2 months ago

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.

3 months ago

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.

5 months ago

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.

Thursday, August 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!

Thursday, July 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.

Wednesday, July 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.

Tuesday, July 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.

Friday, June 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!

Wednesday, 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.

Tuesday, August 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.

Monday, July 06, 2015

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

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