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greenBlue Mad Creek Trail

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3.8 mile 6.1 kilometer point to point
Singletrack
Easy/Intermediate

Elevation

Ascent: 694' 212 m
Descent: -80' -25 m
High: 7,392' 2,253 m
Low: 6,778' 2,066 m

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Avg Grade: 4% (2°)
Max Grade: 12% (7°)

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An incredibly scenic trail that gets better the higher you go.

Tom Robson

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

Description

Immediately start hiking up a wide singletrack high above the creek. It can be tough since you've had no warm-up and it's pretty consistent for over a mile and fully exposed to the sun. You'll pass a gate on the left (which heads over to Red Dirt Trail), and shortly thereafter to a historic (and photogenic) barn.

Pass that, head downhill to a bridge which connects to the Madhouse Trail, which would take you back to the trailhead.

For maximum fun though, continue up the Mad Creek Trail on the left side of the creek for another mile or so through superb aspens and meadows. There are a couple stopping points next to the creek which are great for a snack. It's a smooth, skinny singletrack in this area.

If you're looking to continue your adventure into the Mount Zirkel Wilderness (why not?), this track becomes the Swamp Park Trail.

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May 12, 2018
Katie Ashley
May 27, 2017
Peder Horner
To barn it's about 1.9 miles. 3.8mi
Sep 5, 2016
kyschreuder Schreuder
Jul 9, 2016
Tom Michaels
Beautiful hike outside of Steamboat; parallels stream and climbs steadily, but not too steep. Old barn at 3 mi mark. Great flowers in July! 3.4mi — 3h 00m

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