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Spring Creek Trail

 4 votes

10.4 Miles 16.7 Kilometers

 

92% 

Runnable

85%

Singletrack

1,435' 437 m

Ascent

-1,435' -437 m

Descent

8,275' 2,522 m

High

6,842' 2,085 m

Low

5%

Avg Grade (3°)

25%

Max Grade (14°)

Unknown

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A fantastic run, right near town!

Tom Robson

Overview

This trail is closed December through April for Elk calving.
This trail has it all, and it's easily accessible from town!
Features: Birding — Fall Colors — River/Creek — Views — Wildflowers — Wildlife
Dogs: Leashed

Need to Know

Because it's easy to get to and beautiful, you're likely to see other runners, cyclists, dogs, etc.

Description

Let's review:
  • Beautiful singletrack
  • Wildflowers galore, including enormous Rocky Mountain Columbines (the state flower)
  • Old-growth aspen groves
  • A dozen bridges
  • Cool rock formations
  • A beautiful creek
  • Accessible from downtown

Yes, this trail is amazing! And it's no secret, so you'll undoubtedly see other trail users.

From the bottom, this trail cruises 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 not unmanageable. Pass cool rock formations, huge aspens, and a beautiful creek all the way up to the top.

The run down is super fun and fast. Be careful of a few loose sections, though.

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

Flora & Fauna

Rocky Mountain Columbines (the state flower), and tons of old-growth Aspens. Keep your eyes peeled for deer and moose in the area, as they like to roam the peaceful meadows along the trail. Be sure to read the instructions at the trailhead regarding how to handle a moose encounter, as improper precautions could spell trouble.

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