Mad Creek Trail

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This trail not far outside of Steamboat is a good place to experience the montane shrubland that dominates the lower slopes in the area. Following Mad Creek, but usually high above it, the trail provides opportunities to see species like Green-tailed Towhee, Virginia’s Warbler, Steller’s Jay, and Mountain Bluebird in the Gambel Oak woodland, and American Dippers on the creek below. Garter snakes are sometimes seen here.

County: Routt
Habitat: Scrub Oak Forest, Stream

Directions: From Steamboat Springs, go west on US 40 to CO 129 and turn right (north) toward Clark; at about 5.5 miles look for the marked parking lot on the right.

Delorme: 16 D2-D3
Roads of Colorado: 37 D2-D3

Dates of Access: Closed during the winter
Hours: Any
Ownership: US Forest Service
Admission: Free

Restrictions: Watch for mountain bikers and horses on the trail
Parking: Gravel parking area
Lodging: None

Handicapped: No
Handicapped Access: None

Elevation: 7135
Latitude: 40.56701814
Longitude: -106.887542

Amenities

RestroomsNo
Drinking FountainNo
Gravel TrailsYes
Paved TrailsNo
Platform/BlindNo
BoardwalkNo
ConcessionNo
Visitor CenterNo
Gift ShopNo
PrimitiveYes
Camping
Picnic
HuntingNo
FishingNo