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Spring Creek Trail

 32 votes


10.4 Miles 16.7 Kilometers




1,435' 437 m


-1,435' -437 m



Avg Grade (3°)


Max Grade (14°)

8,275' 2,522 m


6,842' 2,085 m




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A fantastic ride, right from town!

Nick Wilder


Closed Dec 1st - Apr 15th for elk herding
This trail has it all, and you can ride it right from town!
Family Friendly: The popular, well-mantained trail is great for all.

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.


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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Oct 20, 2017
Mike Wilcox
Fun ride! Trail was clear and well maintained. A little wet in spots but not bad at all.
Sep 20, 2017
Alex Mcnair
Sep 17, 2017
jim Feehan
Sep 12, 2017
Pat Tapp
Sep 9, 2017
Aaron Hardy
Sep 4, 2017
Newel Linford
Aug 19, 2017
Betsy Williford
Spring Creek plus Flash of Gold 21.7mi
Aug 13, 2017
Jatin Dey

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  4.3 from 32 votes


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A classic ride from the heart of Steamboat Springs. Now links to several new trails on Buffalo Pass. Worth exploring! Jul 9, 2017
Kerry Norman
Republic of Boulder
Kerry Norman   Republic of Boulder
Not sure why this is well rated. It's an okay way to get to Buffalo Mountain and the new Flash of Gold trail but otherwise more of a byway than an go-to trail. Jul 19, 2017
Colorado Mtb
Steamboat Springs, CO
Colorado Mtb   Steamboat Springs, CO
This trail is a great climb and descent. It is the one trail that rides well on wet days because of the rocky terrain. I recommend doing it early or late on busier days, or be prepared to share it with a lot of users. There are plans in the works for a downhill only trail to run parallel to this one. Wildlife, plant life, and a sense of serenity is easy access from town without driving. Enjoy! Oct 18, 2017

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