A beautiful day, this morning I got out for a nice leisurely bike ride on Mad Creek Trail. For those who have not had the opportunity to enjoy this trail, it is one of my favorites in Steamboat. And with the changing of the seasons it is a trail I would highly recommend everyone take time to re-visit it some point in the coming weeks to take in the beautiful changing of the seasons.
The beginning of the trail is a bit of a climb on the bike. While it is a bit difficult, once you’ve made it about a mile and a half up the trail, the rest of the ride is flat with small rolling hills. Taking you through a valley, Mad Creek continues about 3 more miles until reaching the Zirkel Wilderness. Continuing through here can only be accomplished on foot or with horses. Wilderness areas do not allow you to ride a bike or use any other type of vehicle.
With the leaves beginning to change and the unmistakable scent of fall in the air, it was a cool and refreshing ride – a great way to bring in the beginning of fall.
To get to the Mad Creek trailhead go west on 40 and you will make a right hand turn onto Elk River Road just after the 7/11. Continue on Elk River Rd for about 5 mi and there will be a small sign and a parking area for Mad Creek Trail on your right. Enjoy yourself!