Mad Creek / Red Dirt
One of the early season trails out of Steamboat Springs also happens to be a “century” wildflower hike. Approximately 100 species may be spotted along Mad Creek Loop. Add to that achievement, habitat diversity, pleasant scenery, and an easygoing route, and the loop is a great way to kick off the wildflower hiking season. The Mad Creek/Swamp Park segment of the loop angles up an exposed hillside before reaching more verdant locales, where it takes a left and climbs up to connect with Red Dirt Trail. Descending along a cool north slope before wrapping around to a south exposure once more, the loop drops to a trailhead adjacent to Elk River Road. From there, it is 1.2 miles of shoulder-walking alongside pavement. Wildflower Alert: This delightful path is an early-blooming “century” trail in the foothills zone.
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Trail Statistics & Information
|Nearby City||Steamboat Springs|
|Skill Level||Easy to moderate|
|Season||Bloom is June to August|
|Top Elevation||7,640 ft|
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