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Pools make for a perfect reward after ride on Hot Springs Trail

The Hot Springs Trail provides a not-so-difficult way to access the the popular Strawberry Park Hot Springs in the mountains above Steamboat Springs.

If you go

What: Hot Springs Trail

Where: The trail is accessed from the Mad Creek trailhead parking lot on Routt County Road 129, Elk River Road. A small trail departs from near the entrance of that parking lot, heading south, and leads to the start of the Hot Springs Trail.

Length: The trail is about three miles each way. It takes about an hour and a half to hike it and less to bike, depending on ability.

Difficulty: The trail isn’t challenging by Routt County standards. It’s no Yampa River Core Trail and the track is often tight, bordered by trees and bushes. But although it’s an uphill climb to the Strawberry Park Hot Springs, the gain in elevation is gradual, and there are plenty of flat or even downhill sections that keep the trip rated between easy and moderate.

What to bring: Using the facilities at the Strawberry Park Hot Springs costs $10 for adults, $5 for teens ages 13 through 17 and $3 for children. Other than some cash, bring bug spray and sunscreen. Large sections of the trail, especially early on, are exposed to the sun.