Mad Creek Trail located 10 minutes from Steamboat Springs, CO is a favorite among locals and visitors. Hike to Mad Barn a historical landmark, and find marmots scurrying about. Picnic by the river you saw as you hiked to the Barn and take in the sounds of nature.
The first 1/2 mile is a steep start but soon becomes a mild hike for the next 2 miles. Not much shade so recommend sunscreen, a hat, or an umbrella for protection. (In winter the sun will feel great!)
The views are fantastic the entire hike and the river (actually snowmelt that feeds the Elk River) is running high in late June far below us.
Every now and then we are within canyon rocks and pines and back into the sunshine and meadows of wildflowers.
I feel like this area would be a super fall hike for aspen colors and an enjoyable snowshoe trek in winter.
KIDS LIKE HIKING TOO!
MAD CREEK BARN
1906 Mad Barn is in view and I can hear marmots warning of our arrival! We wandered around a bit, explored the inside of the barn, and imagined how it was long ago.
NOTE: a rancher, James Ratcliff bought the property in 1904, began homesteading it, and built the barn in 1906.
Love the marmots, they are truly everywhere. Most were under the barn, peeking out and studying us. I’ve never witnessed so many in one place. Locals tell me they are always here, every summer.
Hiking a little farther we ended up near homestead remnants and the river. Hung out for a bit and simply enjoyed it before heading back.
5 miles out & back
Rated: slightly moderate
800′ elevation gain the first mile
Routt National Forest
Historical 1906 Landmark
Open to dogs & horseback
Popular MTB area
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Can't wait to see you on the trail!
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