Spring Creek Trail

EASY 55 reviews

Spring Creek Trail is a 9.7 mile moderately trafficked out and back trail located near Steamboat Springs, Colorado that features beautiful wild flowers and is good for all skill levels. The trail offers a number of activity options and is accessible year-round. Dogs are also able to use this trail.

DISTANCE
9.7 miles
ELEVATION GAIN
1594 feet
ROUTE TYPE
Out & Back

dog friendly

kid friendly

birding

hiking

mountain biking

nature trips

trail running

walking

forest

views

wild flowers

snow

Parking is located at the intersection of East Maple Street and Amethyst Street. The trail ends at the parking area across from the Dry Lake Campground on Buffalo Pass Road. Either return back down the trail or head down the Buffalo Pass Road to Strawberry Park.

23 days ago

Icy in parts. Definitely need yak tracks In parts

mountain biking
3 months ago

Great ride with a hard climb and fast down hill. Beautiful views of the trees and mountains.

4 months ago

Was a nice, easy hike. Was a beautiful day to enjoy with our 2 Boxer dogs. And bonus of a leash free lake that they got to enjoy.

trail running
4 months ago

Great trail to run, something for everyone. I wouldn't classify this as an easy trail though. It is an easy climb for the first mile which is fireroad, then turns into nice single track with some good climbs. I really enjoyed this trail on my vacation to Steamboat. Even saw a moose in the trail. Shared with Lots of walkers with dogs and a couple mountain bikers.

5 months ago

nice hike. not busy on a weekday. beware, it's hot in the sun and there are a number of exposed areas. bring h2o.

7 months ago

Love it, lots of water

hiking
10 months ago

Contrary to the months listed in the description, the trail gets a lot of traffic in the winter months as well. Because of the heavy use, the times I've been on it this winter I haven't needed any equipment besides my hiking boots, but I've passed a lot of snowshoers and cross country skiers (and a lot of dogs). The later part of the trail reads closed due to elk habitation (although it's clear many have ignored that signage and continued on) but even the shortened hike is fabulous, with great views. Hiking through the snowy pines is a magical experience as well. Not challenging.

hiking
10 months ago

Contrary to the months listed in the description, the trail gets a lot of traffic in the winter months as well. Because of the heavy use, the times I've been on it this winter I haven't needed any equipment besides my hiking boots, but I've passed a lot of snowshoers and cross country skirts (and a lot of dogs). The later part of the trail reads closed due to elk habitation (although it's clear many have ignored that signage and continued on) but even the shortened hike is fabulous, with great views. Hiking through the snowy pines is a magical experience as well. Not challenging.

mountain biking
Monday, October 24, 2016

I am a local, and absolutely love this trail. Once you are able to get off the road and onto the trail there are so many fun twisty areas. It is possible to ride up to Dry Lake Campground and back in just under 2 hours for decent mountain bikers. The scenery is great. The only section that is unable to be ridden up is call The Wall. It is a rocky 18% grade. It gets busy in the summer, but the early and late seasons are very enjoyable. There is no better feeling than having it all to yourself!

here is a short video of Spring Creek Trail: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nEOvz4uZ63s

Saturday, August 06, 2016

Would have given it 5 had we not planned for an off-road trail. We got chased out by a homeowner on a 4wheeler because there are no 4x4 off-road trails; nonetheless, he said hiking and views were very nice.

mountain biking
Monday, June 27, 2016

easy trail, great views, and you can ride there from downtown.

hiking
Tuesday, June 07, 2016

Beautiful and relatively easy.

hiking
Tuesday, June 07, 2016

Easy. Beautiful.

hiking
Monday, September 14, 2015

Good. Met up with another hiker for a few miles of the hike. We also encountered a moose (twice) at bridge 10.

Sunday, September 13, 2015

Not a lot to see. Creek was almost dry on September 13.

Monday, August 24, 2015

We really enjoyed the hike. Started to go up past the lake but our group retraced and went around the lake and enjoyed the views, water, but and hike.

Thursday, June 18, 2015

Nice relaxing trail full of aspen. There is a walking path around a small lake at the beginning, and the trail itself follows the creek. This was a really nice end of the day wind down hike!

mountain biking
Saturday, October 18, 2014

Pretty calm, but really worth doing. Cool views and there are some bumps that can get you some air. The ride can be both road bike or mountain bike. There is a windy dirt road and a skinny single track that winds on and off of the dirt road that's right next to the creek.

Monday, August 04, 2014

Great for hiking biking or horseback riding – this gradual uphill climb crosses over about 10 bridges with the beautiful creek that runs and meanders the full length of the trail- beautiful ferns aspens wildflowers, an easy to access trail very close to town that feels remote and is utterly beautiful.

Thursday, September 13, 2012

This trail is beautiful! Unfortunately the creek was very low but the leaves had just begun to turn and it was AWESOME. There were an equal amount of hikers and mountain bikers.
My only difficulty on the trail was the elevation (you gain over 1,000 feet!). Coming from Denver, the Steamboat elevation WORKED me and I ended up walking a lot of the trail due to lightheadedness and nausea. This is an out-and-back trail with parking lots on either end. It would be a quick and fun downhill ride or if you are hiking you could shuttle it if you're not into a 9-miler. There is only one extremely difficult part; I believe locals call it Hells Wall. My boyfriend, an advanced mountain biker, was only able to clear half of it and some hikers we saw (and myself) were winded after climbing it.
This trail was recommended by locals and visitors alike so expect to see several hikers, runners and riders on the way up and down. The trail begins in town and has easy, free parking, which adds to the high traffic.

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