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Mad Creek Trail

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Length

3.8 Miles 6.1 Kilometers

95%

Runnable

Elevation

694' 212 m

Ascent

-80' -25 m

Descent

4%

Avg Grade (2°)

12%

Max Grade (7°)

7,392' 2,253 m

High

6,778' 2,066 m

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An incredibly scenic trail that gets better the higher you go.

Tom Robson

Overview

Features: Birding — Fall Colors — River/Creek — Views — Wildflowers — Wildlife

Description

Immediately start running up a wide singletrack high above the creek. It can be tough since you've had no warm-up and it's pretty consistent for over a mile and fully exposed to the sun. You'll pass a gate on the left (which heads over to Red Dirt Trail), and shortly thereafter to a historic (and photogenic) barn.

Pass that, head downhill to a bridge which connects to the Madhouse Trail, which would take you back to the trailhead.

For maximum fun though, continue up the Mad Creek Trail on the left side of the creek for another mile or so through superb aspens and meadows. There are a couple stopping points next to the creek which are great for a snack. It's a smooth, skinny singletrack in this area.

If you're looking to continue your adventure into the Mount Zirkel Wilderness (why not?), this track becomes the Swamp Park Trail.

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  4.8 from 4 votes

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