ATTRACTIONS AND CONSIDERATIONS:
This is a long trail which can be joined in several locations. It is a great cross country ski trail at the lower elevations which has a longer season of use than most high country trails. This is one of the few trails that cross three major drainages coming from the Continental Divide (Elk River, Big Creek, and Mad Creek). The trail has some boggy areas in it. The trail also serves as a trunk trail to the Red Dirt trail #1171, Luna Lake trail #1168, and Roaring Fork trail #1166. Portions of the trail are located within the Mt Zirkel Wilderness.
NARRATIVE: From the north end, the Swamp Park Trail leaves the South Fork Road #443 and follows the South Fork of the Elk River downstream before turning up Burn Creek and on to Burn Ridge. The trail then switchbacks into and out of Big Creek, then on to Swamp Park. Two miles south of Swamp Park the user has the choice of taking Red Dirt trail #1171 dead-ending into Elk River Road (Road 129) or continuing on #1100. If the user continues on #1100, the trail will again split. If continuing on #1100, the user will travel down into the Mad Creek trailhead. If the user turns left onto Elk Park trail #1118, this trail will end at the 4 WD road #314 in Elk Park (see access #2 above).
LEAVE NO TRACE
As humans, we must minimize our impacts to help preserve this resource for present and future generations.
Directions from Steamboat Springs: ACCESS #1: DUE TO THE BLOWDOWN, THIS END OF THE TRAIL IS PRESENTLY INACCESSIBLE BY VEHICLES! Go west on US HWY 40 to County Road 129, Elk River Road. Go north on Elk River Road about 15 miles. Just past Clark, turn right onto Seedhouse Road (Forest Road 400) and travel 12 miles. Turn right at the fork on to South Fork Road (Forest Road 443) & travel about 2.5 miles to the trailhead, on the right
Directions from Steamboat Springs: ACCESS #2: Go north of Steamboat Springs on Strawberry Park Road for about 4.5 miles to the Elk Park Road, #314 (may be unmarked). Turn right on this 4WD road and travel 4 miles to its end where you will find the Elk Park trail #1118. This trail connects with the Swamp Park Trail #1100.
Normal Summer Season:
Summer through Fall
(NOTE: Accessibility depends on snow depth and weather.)