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Spring Creek Trail

Intermediate

Trail

10.4 mile 16.7 kilometer loop
85% Singletrack
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 ride, right from town!

Nick Wilder

Electric Mountain Bikes Allowed

Features -none-

Family Friendly The popular, well-mantained trail is great for all.

Closed Dec 1st - Apr 15th for elk herding

Overview

This trail has it all, and you can ride it right from town!

Need to Know

Because it's easy to get to and beautiful, you're likely to see other riders, hikers, dogs, etc. on the way down. It's a fast and flowy descent, so it's easy to get a ton of speed. Be careful and be courteous.

Description

Let's review:
  • Fast, flowing singletrack
  • Wildflowers galore, including enormous Rocky Mountain Columbines (the state flower)
  • Old-growth aspen groves
  • A dozen bridges
  • Cool rock formations
  • A beautiful creek
  • A downhill-only shuttle option
  • Departs from downtown


Yes, this trail is amazing! And it's no secret, so be careful and courteous as you rip down it. You can do it as an out and back, or it's very easy to set up a shuttle and just enjoy the down.

From the bottom, you cruise 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 easy for intermediate riders. Pass cool rock formations, huge aspens, and a beautiful creek all the way up to the top.

The ride down is super fun and fast. Be careful of a few loose sections, especially given the sudden corners and high likelihood of other trail users.

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

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May 8, 2020
Paul Nebel
Still snowy. Didn't get far
May 2, 2020
Celeste Cannon
Not ready to go yet...made it to the third bridge then got turned around by snowfields. Top is socked in as well with very soft snow. 3mi — 0h 33m
Sep 15, 2019
Paul Nebel
Awwwwsooome 9mi
Sep 1, 2019
Chad Adair
One of the best trails I've ever been on, ate shit hard at the end — 3h 30m
Aug 17, 2019
John Whelan
Aug 4, 2019
G Wilson
Jul 28, 2019
James Carillo
10mi
Jul 14, 2019
Kacy Carmichael

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  4.4 from 69 votes

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  4.4 from 69 votes
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Photos

Pedaling past beautiful columbines on Spring Creek.
Jun 26, 2014 near Steambo…, CO
Make sure to ride up Panorama trail before riding downhill Spring Creek
Oct 11, 2017 near Steambo…, CO
Golden ferns along Flash of Gold trail
Oct 11, 2017 near Steambo…, CO
Big views at Panorama trail
Oct 11, 2017 near Steambo…, CO
First big turn descending Spring Creek
Jun 26, 2014 near Steambo…, CO
When you see this means you're almost there at the top
Oct 11, 2017 near Steambo…, CO

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