Attractions and Considerations: Park in the plowed areas. This loop trail connects the Morgan Creek Trail with Turnaround Loop. These trail descriptions for the Hinman Park Trail System, received from the Hahns Peak Ranger District, are difficult to follow. It is suggested that the skier travel with a good map and compass.
Narrative: From the parking area next to Seedhouse Road, follow the road leading southwest across the Elk River. Shortly after crossing, turn off the road to the southeast up a short incline, following the fence railing to the gate. Continue southeast across the open meadow, through a small grove of aspen onto an old forest road near the wilderness regulations sign. Head easterly on this road until you meet up with a trail junction approximately 1 mile from the parking area. The east fork following up the road takes you to the South Fork Trail. The Connection Trail heads south, up a lightly forested draw, then east through a heavily timbered area, traversing the side of a hill. The trail curves to the southwest, coming out on to an old logging road. Approximately 1 mile on the road is the trail junction for the northern loop of the Morgan Creek Trail to the east, and the northern loop of the Connection Trail to the west. Straight ahead, the trail continues on the road for 1/2 mile where it forks to the east and west. The east fork is the southern loop of the Morgan Creek Trail. The west fork is the southern loop of the Connection Trail. Follow the trail and road west where it curves around to the north. Just before the road goes through an open meadow, the trail cuts off to the northeast to a trail junction. Turnaround Loop goes off to the northwest and Connection Trail goes off to the northeast. Follow the trail up over and down a small hill to an open area with a power line going across from northwest to southeast. The trail follows this line southeast up a hill, then cuts northeast and hits the trail junction to the northern loop of Connection Trail. From there follow the trail back to the parking lot.
Directions from Steamboat Springs: Travel west of town to County Road 129, Elk River Road. Go approximately 18 miles north, just beyond Clark, to Forest Road 400, Seedhouse Road. Head east approximately 5.5 miles to the Hinman parking area.
Normal Winter Season:
Winter through Early Spring
(NOTE: Early and Late season conditions depend on weather.)