Three Mile Creek Trail

MODERATE 112 reviews
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Three Mile Creek Trail is a 7.5 mile moderately trafficked out and back trail located near Bailey, Colorado that features a river and is rated as moderate. The trail is primarily used for hiking, trail running, and horses and is best used from April until October. Dogs are also able to use this trail but must be kept on leash.

7.5 miles
1,847 feet
Out & Back

dogs on leash


horseback riding

trail running




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

20 minutes ago

Average hike. River and stream. Hot in July.

16 hours ago

This trail was great. Lots of shade, you walk along the water, great for dogs. The wildflowers are in full bloom. Make sure to get there early as parking fills up. There is no trash service at the trailhead. Lots of backcountry spots along the trail.

7 days ago

Great trail lots of shade, sod ground, good for the pups. Get there early short on parking fills up fast

15 days ago

What a fantastic trail! We only made 6 of the 7.5 miles for it started clouding up and we decided to head back down the mountain; good thing for it started storming about 5 minutes after we got to our car.
If you like to take pictures, allow A LOT of time for there are so many pretty views. The aspens are abundant and beautiful! We plan on going back very soon starting a little earlier so we can get the whole trail in.
There is one spot that ya t real easy to determine exactly where the trail goes, but thanks to the GOS on the map on All Trails, we were able to figure it out pretty easily.
There’s not a ton of parking and today there were quite a few people on the trail, but it wasn’t packed..

17 days ago

Fun amazing hike...loved walking along the creek the whole way up

21 days ago

Very nice hike. I started around 10:00am on Saturday. Not at all crowded. Gradual incline with a good amount of heart pumping exercise. The dog loved the continual creek access. Shade is a major plus.

1 month ago

great trail and my dog loved the constant water access. nice and shaded most of the way.

1 month ago

This trail was the perfect pick for today! Temps in Denver were hot - 90 degrees, but about 70 degrees for a high at the parking lot at the end of the hike (about 2:15). The trail climbs through a beautiful forest with lots of shade and a stream along the entire way. We were day hiking, so went up 3.5 miles (it’s all uphill) and back the same way - a total of 7 miles. But you can keep in trekking as far as you want - connecting into the Rosalie Trail or the Abyss Trail. The stream crossings - about 10 of them going up - are well established with double hewn logs to walk across. I get nervous on these crossings, but the logs are large and very well secured. Heartleaf arnica is about to bloom all along the trail. Also saw wild strawberries blooming and lots of elk or moose scat.

1 month ago

Wonderful hike. We hiked about 3 miles in and crossed the stream 12 times - about 1,250' elevation gain. Changing terrain takes you through dark pine forest, amidst bright aspen stands, under fascinating rock cliffs, past a beaver pond, and across open meadows. We met someone who said there are a total of 18 creek crossings if you go all the way to the intersection.

Note that there is now a fairly large parking lot on the left (at about mile 2.4 from Grant). The trail starts across the bridge and heads north. The map the parking lot shows the trail as being east of Guanella Pass Road -- this is inaccurate.

7 months ago

Great scenery and mild grade. The trail goes farther than shown on this map so you can simply go out and back or connect to Rosalie and Abyss and make it a several day outing.

9 months ago

Great easy trail! Most of the time you're next to water. Super peaceful!

10 months ago

Hiking along the creek most of the way. Crossed the creek multiple times on "timber" bridges. Elevation gain is gradual. Aspen trees are plentiful--will be gorgeous in September!!

10 months ago

Liked the trail, tree cover and cooler in the summer due to altitude. Billmurray loved it because he could drink from the creek whenever he wanted.

11 months ago

Shady, very pleasant, cool hike on a hot day. Beautiful waterfalls. Surprised to see just a few people on a Sunday. Will definitely be back

Saturday, July 01, 2017

Absolutely beautiful.

Friday, June 30, 2017

Only hiked in for 45 minutes and turned around due to time constraint.

Friday, June 30, 2017

Only hiked in for 45 minutes and turned around due to time constraint.

Monday, June 26, 2017

Three mile trail is much longer than depicted. and is easy until about 3 to 3.5 mile mark when it gets more rocky and steeper.
On a Sunday In late June and there were considerable wildflowers including Columbines and just a few other parties along the trail. Well maintained trail and several creek crossings beyond the 1.5 mile mark. Downside is there is really no destination you just go until you either hit the intersecting trails or until you get tired.

Monday, June 12, 2017

Great hike and not busy...went Friday morning.

Sunday, April 23, 2017

What a magical hike in this morning's weather! Trail is in good shape until around 10k'. We turned around at that point due to snowpack and loss of trail. Nice few hours in the woods, and even enjoyed lunch in the warm sun. Dogs loved all the water.

Tuesday, April 18, 2017

Beautiful trail, quiet for being close to the road

Monday, October 24, 2016

I have not been up the path for two years. I forget how nice it is hiking by the stream. could not go the whole way 12th bridge was down we did not want to get wet.

Saturday, October 22, 2016

Beautiful creek hike with tons of aspens!!

horseback riding
Monday, September 12, 2016

The county Road 62 has been paved ALL the way from Grant to I70. Parking has been expanded by combining trailheads like Whiteside and Threemile Creek. This means the OLD trailhead parking referred to above is not correct. Loads more parking for cars AND oversized vehicles like RVs and horse trailers. Park in the new lot and cross the bridge. Take the trail on the RIGHT until it crosses the road and the old trailhead will be obvious.

Sunday, September 04, 2016

Did a 14.5 mile hike from Deer Creek Trailhead, via Rosalie Trail to Three Mile Trail. Lots of cityfolks in the predictable spots (that being within a mile or two from the parking area) taking pictures and breathers at every corner. Like most hikes however, once you get beyond the three mile turn-around spot, it turns into the sort of solitude and peaceful place it's meant to be. Follow Threemile up for about 4.5-5 miles and you'll run into Rosalie Trail, either on it's way to the Abyss Lake turn off or back to Deer Creek Trailhead, 6.5 miles away. You just cant go wrong here.

Sunday, August 21, 2016

Nice easy hike with lush greenery and the sounds of the creek flowing by as you hike along.

Sunday, July 31, 2016

LOVE. We went early on a Saturday and only saw 5 groups of people. The trail is beautiful and there's so many spots to photograph. We are not seasoned hikers by any means but I did not feel strained, just short of breath. I live about ten minutes away and will now be going all the time! It's very shaded as well so it's a good summer hike.

Saturday, July 23, 2016

It was a good trail but there is way too much horse poop on the trail. It's really disgusting how much horse poop was there. It smelled like a stable. They really need to clean up after the horses.

Monday, July 18, 2016

Mellow hike along the creek.

Sunday, July 17, 2016

Hiked this trail in mid-July and there were wildflowers everywhere! Gentle incline along the beautiful Three Mile Creek.

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