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).
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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.
Elevation: 8,390 feet
Ending Elevation: 8,720 feet
Elevation Gain: 2,250 feet
Usage: Light to Moderate
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