Mad Creek

4.5/5 (17 reviews)
Empire, Colorado (Clear Creek County)
Last Updated: 06/30/2022
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A short drive from the town of Empire, and just down the road from the popular Bill Moore Lake Trail, Mad Creek is a great off-road trail that gets passed up by many offroaders. Whether you are seeking quiet summer seclusion or deep tire-swallowing winter snow, don't let this trail fall off your radar. Along this road you will pass through the trees, the open meadows, and take in the picturesque views of the high mountains all around you, including 13,164ft Mt. Flora. You will also find a handful of great hiking trails at the conclusion of this trail.

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Trail Reviews

4.5/5 (17 reviews)
Status: Open
Rated 4/5
Visited: 11/21/2022
Difficulty Accuracy: Spot On

Decent easy trail with a family of six today, only moderately sketchy parts were descending where it was icy. Snow covered half of the length of it in the typical Colorado sun vs no sun sections. We hiked the spur that went up hill, that looked like fun and I will drive it next time. That seemed to approach a level 3 in a few spots.
Status: Open
Visited: 10/02/2022
Difficulty Accuracy: Spot On

Fun and highly recommended for fall leaf peeping! Nothing hard but worth checking out for a fun bonus trail, some smaller campsites, and no trail traffic, super bonus! There's a lot of trails nearby so this and the spur were are great place to call home for the weekend, very convenient location. Close to Empire and easy to find.
Trail Review: Mad Creek - Lisa Downey
Trail Review: Mad Creek - Lisa Downey
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Status: Open
Rated 4/5
Visited: 08/06/2022
Difficulty Accuracy: Spot On

I've driven through Empire many times and didn't know this trail existed until I subscribed to Trails Off Road. Nice little trail. One rocky stretch. A couple stretches with no turnouts. Luckily we didn't meet anyone on the trail. There weren't any great views on this trail, but it was fun.
Trail Review: Mad Creek - Roger P.
Status: Open
Rated 5/5
Visited: 07/30/2022
Difficulty Accuracy: Spot On

Great little beginner drive.
Status: Open
Rated 5/5
Visited: 06/13/2022
Difficulty Accuracy: Spot On

Neat trail for views and exploration. Checked out some camping spots near WP3

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