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Cottonwood Marsh photo by Peter Burke

Spring Creek Trail - Routt County
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Description: Spring Creek trail is five miles long and goes through many mountain habitats. The lower elevation areas of Spring Creek are shaded by tall cottonwoods. The hillsides are filled with oak brush, serviceberry and chokecherry. As the elevation increases the cottonwood are replaced by tall aspen, with occational large ponderosa pine. In the highest areas it is mixed open mountain meadow and aspen groves. The lower section is accessible year-round, but the upper section is seasonally closed to protect critical elk wintering habitat. This is a very popular trail with hikers, joggers, and mountain bikers. Note: most mountain bikes are moving downhill. Common birds include Steller's Jay; Mountain Chickadee, Lincoln's Sparrow and Green-tailed Towhee. Northern Pygmy-Owl is seen occasionally.

Habitat: Stream, Lowland Riparian, Scrub Oak Forest, Aspen Grove, Ponderosa Forest, Mountain Meadow
Directions: To get to the lower trailhead: In Steamboat Springs, from Lincoln Avenue (US 40) turn northeast on 3rd Street, then right on Fish Creek Falls Road, then left (in 0.3 miles) on Amethyst. Spring Creek Road (CR 34) is on the right in 0.4 miles. Park at the entrance to the road. To get to the upper trailhead: Continue past the lower parking area on Amethyst Drive and bear right at the fork with CR 323 (Strawberry Park Road); turn right on CR 38 toward Buffalo Pass. Park in the designated parking lot on the right at the 5.8 mile mark.
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