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Spring Creek Trail

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Trail

10.4 mile 16.7 kilometer loop
Easy/Intermediate

Elevation

Ascent: 1,435' 437 m
Descent: -1,435' -437 m
High: 8,275' 2,522 m
Low: 6,842' 2,085 m

Grade

Avg Grade: 5% (3°)
Max Grade: 25% (14°)

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A fantastic hike, right near town!

Tom Robson

Features Birding · Fall Colors · River/Creek · Views · Wildflowers · Wildlife

This trail is closed December through April for Elk calving.

Overview

This trail has it all, and it's easily accessible from town!

Need to Know

Because it's easy to get to and beautiful, you're likely to see other hikers, cyclists, dogs, etc.

Description

Let's review:
  • Beautiful singletrack
  • Wildflowers galore, including enormous Rocky Mountain Columbines (the state flower)
  • Old-growth aspen groves
  • A dozen bridges
  • Cool rock formations
  • A beautiful creek
  • Accessible from downtown

Yes, this trail is amazing! And it's no secret, so you'll undoubtedly see other trail users.

From the bottom, this trail cruises up an easy dirt road for half a mile to a pond and picnic area. Continue up the dirt road another couple tenths, cross the creek, then ascend a steep rocky section of road. From here, the singletrack begins and gets better and better for the next 3+ miles.

The first bit is a bit steep, but not unmanageable. Pass cool rock formations, huge aspens, and a beautiful creek all the way up to the top.

The hike down is super fun and fast. Be careful of a few loose sections, though.

A trail of this quality, leaving right from downtown, is indeed a special thing. Enjoy!

Flora & Fauna

Rocky Mountain Columbines (the state flower), and tons of old-growth Aspens. Keep your eyes peeled for deer and moose in the area, as they like to roam the peaceful meadows along the trail. Be sure to read the instructions at the trailhead regarding how to handle a moose encounter, as improper precautions could spell trouble.

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Aug 14, 2019
Greg Wozniak
Kids made it up and down! 10.4mi — 5h 30m
Aug 10, 2019
Catherine Fontneau
Mostly mountain bikers 10.4mi
May 14, 2018
Katie Ashley
Oct 17, 2017
Matt Stoub
10.4mi
Jun 9, 2017
Matt Stoub
10.4mi
Mar 20, 2017
Krystyna Zatorski
3.6mi — 1h 37m
Aug 13, 2016
Chris Teske
1h 45m

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