Three Mile Creek Trail

MODERATE 140 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.

DISTANCE
7.5 miles
ELEVATION GAIN
1,847 feet
ROUTE TYPE
Out & Back

dogs on leash

hiking

horseback riding

trail running

forest

river

views

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

9 days ago

Trail starts off pretty grim with lots of downed trees and hiking along the road for a bit. i almost turned around after the first mile mile but glad I didnt. The aspens are nearing peak colors and you'll know when you get to the end as it's really beautiful and colorful. Loved all the water crossings. Take a picnic and lots of water. Dip your feet in once you're done! My milage counter was around 9 miles round trip.

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21 days ago

Great warmup along the creek and road, then pleasant up and down hike in dense forest interspersed with Mountain meadows. Water the whole way!

30 days ago

Beautiful hike and perfect for dogs. With parking about 2 miles from the trailhead, the hike is over 9 miles. So nice to hike along the creek and you cross over about 10 times.

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1 month ago

Really loved this trail. It was 60 and breezy and beautiful. We went on August 19, 2018. Saw a few people but very peaceful and lovely. Loved walking next to the creek the whole way!!

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1 month ago

Great Hike , close to Denver .
loved hiking next to creek all throughout the time.

great cascades, beaver ponds, flowers, birds, meadows

1 month ago

Nice quiet hike along a creek. Opens into a meadow with nice views. Then the trail continues through a large aspen grove. We went about 2.5 miles and had to turn around due to the time.

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1 month ago

Lots of shade, which was perfect for our pug who we brought along. We went just about 2 miles then turned around. The sound of water below was awesome and the view when you get to the open field is beautiful. We arrived at 830am in a Sunday and there were only 2 other cars in the lot. By the time we made our way back we ran into a few small groups of people and the parking lot was full (it is a small parking lot though). I’d suggest getting there early at or before 8 on a weekend if you are looking to be one of the only ones on the trail. But it did not feel overly crowded like some other hikes in the state. It was perfect!

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1 month ago

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1 month ago

Nice peaceful trail. Hiked on a Thursday morning. Plenty of parking and very few people on trail.
Pros:
-easy access from Hwy 285
-gradual elevation gain
-river and creek crossings
-shade
-aspen groves
-wild flowers
Cons:
-limited vistas

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2 months ago

Average hike. River and stream. Hot in July.

2 months 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.

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2 months ago

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

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2 months 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..

2 months ago

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

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2 months 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.

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3 months ago

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

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3 months 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.

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3 months 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.

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9 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.

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11 months ago

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

Monday, August 28, 2017

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!!

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Saturday, August 26, 2017

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.

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Monday, July 24, 2017

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

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Saturday, July 01, 2017

Absolutely beautiful.

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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.

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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.

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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

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