Three Mile Creek Trail

MODERATE 84 reviews
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Three Mile Creek Trail is a 3 mile moderately trafficked out and back trail located near Bailey, Colorado that features beautiful wild flowers and is rated as moderate. The trail is primarily used for hiking, walking, and trail running and is best used from June until November. Dogs are also able to use this trail but must be kept on leash.

3.0 miles
557 feet
Out & Back

dogs on leash


trail running



wild flowers


Directions from Bailey: Drive west 10.8 miles from Bailey on Highway 285 to Grant. Turn right (north) on Park County Road 62 (sometimes called the Guanella Pass Road). Drive 2.8 miles to the trailhead on the right (east) side of the road. There is a limited amount of parking at the trailhead.

4 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.

6 months ago

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

7 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!!

7 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.

8 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

9 months ago

Absolutely beautiful.

9 months ago

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

9 months ago

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

9 months ago

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.

10 months ago

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

11 months ago

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.

Monday, July 04, 2016

Very nice hike with lots of wildflowers, especially columbines and bluebells.

Most of the stream crossings were well maintained, but a couple had been washed out and were a little more difficult to navigate.

We saw no obvious turn-around point, so we continued up the narrow and rocky trail until it opened into some willows, which was about 4.2 miles. I believe it runs into another trail at about 6.5 miles.

One other important note - there is a new, obvious trail-head on the *left* side of the road, before the old one. There is a small parking lot. The trail starts there at a small bridge, flanks the road for maybe half a mile, then crosses the road to reach the old trail-head. You could still just walk up the road, but it's safer to take the new trail section.

Sunday, July 03, 2016

a nice gentle hike following a nice mountain stream. recommend for anyone. It's quite an easy trail.

Monday, June 20, 2016

This was a good hike. I would say it's moderate as there is lots of rocks, boards to cross streams and some muddy parts. And it has quite the elevation. It meets up with a longer hike but this one is about 1.5 mile in and back to make 3 miles. It's is generally shaded but has some area of sun. The creek runs by the trail which is a nice back ground. It was not a crowded trail as we went on a Sunday at noon.

Thursday, June 16, 2016

This trail is amazing! I went through n a Thursday morning around 10:30 and only ran into one group of three the whole way. I brought my dogs and they loved the water the whole way up and back. The trail criss crosses back and forth over the creek and winds in and out of rocks and trees. This is my favorite kind of trail!!

Tuesday, October 20, 2015

Can't say enough about how wonderful it was to have the creek running beside the trail. I think I lost count of the crossings at 15. Yes, it was still muddy in places with plenty of rock and roots to negotiate. I'm sure that the middle of September would have been the peak of color, although I did see a small stand of aspens. I only saw 4 other hikers

Sunday, October 11, 2015

Lots of stream crossings, mossy areas and an overall beautiful hike

Thursday, October 01, 2015

Very nice hike for September leaf-peeking! We went 2nd to last weekend in September and most of the aspens were either at peak or a bit after. Looks like it might be muddy in low spots in wet conditions. Note that they've been doing road work and it looks like they moved parking for the trailhead. Trailhead is well-marked in the same spot - on the East side of the road at the 2.8 mile mark after the turn onto 62, but I think they want you to park around Mile 2.6 on the west side of road and walk up the road? We parked on west side of road across from trailhead without problems.

Saturday, July 11, 2015

Really great hike not too many people out and with all the rain the plant life is going crazy. The creek is a bit high right now in some areas so be prepared to get your feet wet.

trail running
Monday, June 08, 2015

Great trail and away from the crowds! Still some snow up high as of this writing but totaly worth it. Fairly uneven footing in spots, so if you're a trail runner like myself, watch you step. Creek was running really high and the trail was washed out in spots as well, but if you don't care about getting your feet wet and a little chilly, not a big deal.

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