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Nice loop through forest and fields with a downhill finish.


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Map Key

7.2

Miles

11.6

KM

Loop

9,798' 2,986 m

High

9,273' 2,827 m

Low

876' 267 m

Up

872' 266 m

Down

5%

Avg Grade (3°)

14%

Max Grade (8°)

Dogs Leashed

Overview

Moderate climb to start through some rock piles and up a forested hill, then flatish and slightly downhill through the forest to a secluded, open, grassy meadow and the Soda Creek homestead. Then climb up the Hay Trail and catch a nice easy downhill straight back to the start.

Need to Know

Porto-potty in the parking lot at the start.

Description

Start up from the parking lot on the Horseshoe Trail. After hiking over the rocky start and up the hill, take your first left onto the Colorado Trail towards Gold Hill. Climb up the path through the woods. Stay straight at the Blair Witch turnoff and continue through the trees until you see a right turn off the Colorado and onto the Hippo Trail. Follow the Hippo Trail through the woods, down a delightfully nice decline.

When the trail opens up you'll continue downhill along the Soda Creek trail to your right. Stay on Soda Creek past Horseshoe Trail. Your next right will be Hay Trail, you'll see the Soda Creek Homestead off in the distance. Turn right onto the Hay Trail (or for more mileage and climbing continue past the homestead to the Red Trail).

After a short and manageable singletrack climb you'll see a little log structure to your left where the Blair Witch connects. Head straight back downhill on the Horseshoe Trail down to the car.

Flora & Fauna

There is a sign to look out for moose but I've unfortunately never seen one.

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Photos

They just reworked the singletrack portion of this trail this past summer, can you spot the border collie?
Mar 13, 2015 near Keystone, CO
Coming past the Hay Trail junction, continuing on to the back ranch before climbing up Soda Ridge Trail.
Mar 13, 2015 near Keystone, CO
Soda Creek Trail - Back Ranch, Keystone
Mar 21, 2015 near Keystone, CO
Old homestead in the Soda Creek meadow
Mar 21, 2015 near Keystone, CO
Tenderfoot Mountain in the distance
Mar 21, 2015 near Keystone, CO

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