Willow Creek Trail

MODERATE 5 reviews

Willow Creek Trail is a 8.2 mile lightly trafficked out and back trail located near Clark, Colorado that features a lake and is rated as moderate. The trail is primarily used for hiking, trail running, and camping and is best used from May until October. Dogs are also able to use this trail.

DISTANCE
8.2 miles
ELEVATION GAIN
393 feet
ROUTE TYPE
Out & Back

dog friendly

camping

hiking

trail running

lake

views

wildlife

hiking
1 month ago

Completed this hike over Labor Day weekend and it was hot, but lovely. The trail begins in the parking lot of marina of steamboat lake. The trail is quite easy (don't think it should be rated as moderate) although it is a longer journey. The trail doesn't provide any cover so make sure to bring sunscreen, hat, long sleeves, all the essentials for a day in the high altitude sun. The trail winds around the lake makes its way toward 129. Cows were grazing along side of the road which piqued the curiosity of our dog. While the trail follows the road for a bit, it doesn't take away from the surrounding beauty too much. You will cross another small road the goes near the visitor center which provided a nice break in some air conditioning after some time in the hot sun. A fork in the road by the cabin indicates the way. This will also lead you to Tombstone loop, a short and easy easy loop gains a small of elevation and provides some good views. The whole trip took us about 5 hours with breaks.

trail running
5 months ago

Hiked out .7 miles from trailhead with family, ran the rest. The trail past the visitors center is currently closed 1/2 mile out. I got 5 miles all told.

Tuesday, September 06, 2016

hiking
Monday, August 01, 2016

It's not a bad hike. The scenery is beautiful. We hiked ~1.5m out and back from the visitor center to the campground. There is about 1/2 mile just on the side of the road which wasn't great. We had limited time so we had to head back. I think a better hike given our time constraint might have been starting at the campground and walking around the lake a bit.

hiking
Friday, August 28, 2015