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Mad Creek Trail

Intermediate
 4.6 (10)

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


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Map Key

3.8

Miles

6.1

KM

Point to Point

7,392' 2,253 m

High

6,778' 2,066 m

Low

694' 212 m

Up

80' 25 m

Down

4%

Avg Grade (2°)

12%

Max Grade (7°)

Dogs Unknown

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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Shared By:

Tom Robson

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  4.6 from 10 votes

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Enjoyable hike that's easy enough for all levels with a variety of views. Old homestead, creek, prairie and valley view through trail.
Nov 11, 2019 near Steambo…, CO
Incredible views from the trail down to Mad Creek below.  Watch for shifting pebbles and sand.  Bring a good hiking stick.
Aug 4, 2020 near Steambo…, CO
Rushing June waters. Broken homestead from long ago caught in the pine trees on the banks
Nov 11, 2019 near Steambo…, CO

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