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Spring Creek Trail

Intermediate
 4.5 (90) RECOMMENDED ROUTE

A fantastic ride, right from town!


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Map Key

10.4

Miles

16.7

KM

85%

Singletrack

8,275' 2,522 m

High

6,842' 2,085 m

Low

1,435' 437 m

Up

1,435' 437 m

Down

5%

Avg Grade (3°)

25%

Max Grade (14°)

Dogs Unknown

E-Bikes Allowed

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!

Shared By:

Nick Wilder with improvements by linda asuma-weinstein

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  4.5 from 90 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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Check-Ins

Oct 4, 2020
Wyatt Smeltzer
Sep 10, 2020
Brian Alsberg
Trail covered in down trees from early snow
Aug 20, 2020
Eric Bishop
From downtown to top and back. Rode the downhill only section back. Some technical parts. Rocky and dusty. 12.2mi
Aug 7, 2020
Don Blake
Did this trail one-way (downhill) - took the new downhill trail, lots of fun 5.2mi
Aug 1, 2020
Schuyler Peck
Jul 31, 2020
Andrew Storer
18mi — 2h 00m
Jul 18, 2020
Matt Stamerjohn
awesome flowing trail
Jul 15, 2020
Holly Anthony
Added Fiddlehead and Panorama at Dry Lake and it was perfect! Took lots of pics and checked out the Dry Lake campground so ride was around 2.5 hrs. 15mi