Sarvis Creek

Steamboat Springs, Colorado

Sarvis Creek

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Detailed Trail Description from our Guidebook

"Spanning the width of the Sarvis Creek Wilderness Area, the Sarvis Creek Trail offers an excellent introduction to the northern portion of the Gore Range. Gentle in comparison to the southern half, this end of the Gores manifests as rolling mountains covered with timberlands.

The Sarvis Creek Trail begins by following the right side of its namesake through an interesting little canyon. Spruce and fir trees are common, as are lodgepole pines. Some aspens are also encountered as the trail gains about 800 feet in the first 1.5 miles along easy-to-moderate grades."

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Denver, CO
Trailblazer | 641 pts
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If you are looking for solitude this is the hike for you. No other cars in the parking lot and did a day hike out and back without seeing another person. Trail is in good condition with several stream crossings. Some of which were a bit tricky with the early part of the season and are probably better to do later in the season. Was treated to a viewing of a small herd of elk. Trailhead was a bit of a drive to get to but was nice to not see anybody. Felt remote and was fun.
Edwardsville, IL
Pathfinder | 60 pts
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One night overnight back-pack hike starting from Upper elevation (east to west)ending up near Stagecoach. Easy to follow trail in good condition. Upper half frequent fallen trees to climb over or around -- usually not a big deal because forest is quite open. About 3 creek crossings -- less than 2 ft deep. Wild-flowers were great! I was suprised (on a weekend)we didn't see anyone else on the trail for the first approx 10 miles. Trail became very busy as we finished early Sunday afternoon -- starting at the bridge, 2 miles from western trail head. Yes, I'd hike it again!
Monument, CO
Pathfinder | 110 pts
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A beautiful trail, though access was more complicated than the guidebook suggests. As of 6/2005 the gate was still closed on Hwy 18 to access the lower trailhead, adding 2 miles [there's another way around via back roads, which I didn't use]; the upper trailhead at Buffalo Park is also inaccessible via FR 100 from Rabbit Ears Pass due to road damage, so I had to drive from the southern end near Kremmling, 16 miles down the dirt road. After getting to the trail and arranging a shuttle, however, the hike was marvelous, mostly level with a few ups and downs, lovely meadows, some old mining ruins. Four separate creek crossings (one up to my chest); this might be a good hike to bring water socks in the backpack.

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Detailed Trail Descriptions from Our Guidebooks

Andy Lightbody and Kathy Mattoon
"In the old days it was known as Sarvis Creek. Then in more contemporary times, the area’s name was changed to Service Creek. Early in 2000 the name reverted back to its historical roots and was renamed again to Sarvis Creek and the Sarvis Creek State Wildlife Area (SWA). In the winter months the SWA is closed to vehicles because it is a major wintering area for herds of Rocky Mountain elk and deer. However, it is open to cross-country skiers or snowshoers looking for a pristine and uncrowded wilderness area that provides some great winter wildlife viewing."

Trail Information

Steamboat Springs
Nearby City
Trail Type
Moderate to Difficult
Skill Level
8 hours
June to October
7,000 feet
Trailhead Elevation
9,240 feet
Top Elevation
Routt National Forest; Sarvis Creek Wilderness Area
Local Contacts
USGS Blacktail Mountain, Walton Peak, Lake Agnes
Local Maps