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Mad Creek Trail - Routt County
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Description: The Mad Creek Trail is a hiking/biking/horseback trail connecting to the Zirkel Wilderness. The first portion (1.5 miles) follows high above Mad Creek; it is quite steep on the trail side. The trail is often 80 feet above Mad Creek, giving a nice view but not a "hard rock" experience. Most of the hillside is mixed oak brush (Gambel's Oak) and serviceberry. The trail, popular for non-motorized activities, is closed in winter to protect critical elk wintering habitat. Occasionally rattlesnakes are encountered on the trail. You may see Green-tailed Towhee, Steller's Jay, Mountain Bluebird, American Dipper, and Red-tailed Hawk.

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.
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