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Hiking & Walking: Colorado > Medicine Bow and Routt National Forests > Yampa Ranger District

Quick Facts

Service Creek Trail

Beginning Elevation: 7,004 Feet (2183.3 Meters) at the west trailhead, on County Road 18
Difficulty: Moderate
Elevation Gain: 2,236 Feet (697.0 Meters)
Ending Elevation: 9,240 Feet (2880.3 Meters) east trailhead, Buffalo Park
High Point: 9,240 Feet (2880.3 Meters)
Length, One-way: 12.2 Miles (20.33 Kilometers)
Other Maps: Routt National Forest Map
TI Topo Maps: #118 Steamboat Springs, Rabbit Ears Pass; #119 Yampa, Gore Pass
Trail Number: 1105
Usage: Heavy
USGS Maps: Blacktail Mtn; Walton Peak; Lake Agnes

Satellite and Topo Map

General Description

The Service Creek Trail provides hiking and horse access, east-west through the middle of the Sarvice Creek Wilderness. It can be accessed from either the west or east end of the trail. Those hiking can expect to meet horses especially on heavy use weekends and during big game hunting season. The Sarvice Creek Trail can be used with the Silver Creek Trail as a loop system.


As humans, we must minimize our impacts to help preserve this resource for present and future generations.

Directions from Yampa: West Trailhead (County Road 18 ): Follow State Hwy 131, 8 miles north from Yampa to County Road 14. Go east on 14, 4 miles to County Road 18A. Follow 18A east 0.6 mile to County Road 18. Follow 18, 3.2 miles to the trailhead.

Directions from Yampa: East Trailhead (Buffalo Pass): Follow State Hwy 131, 9.3 miles south to State Hwy 134. Follow 134 east 11 miles to Forest Road 250. Follow 250 north, 9 miles to Forest Road 100. Follow 100 north, 8.5 miles to trailhead.

Seasonal Information:
Normally Accessible: Summer through Fall (NOTE: Seasons vary depending on snow depth and weather.) .

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Recreation Opportunities
Activity Remarks On Site
ICON Backpacking Service Creek Trail
ICON Hiking & Walking Service Creek Trail
ICON Horseback Riding Service Creek Trail

Related Activities
Dumont Lake Campground - Dumont Lake Campground is located 22 miles southeast of Steamboat Springs on Rabbit Ears Pass at an elevation of 9,500 feet.

Lynx Pass Campground - Lynx Pass Campground is located near Lagunita Lake, southeast of Yampa, at an elevation of 8,900 feet.

Walton Creek Campground - Walton Creek is a small campground located 18 miles southeast of Steamboat Springs on Rabbit Ears Pass, at an elevation of 9,400 feet.

More Information

Visitor Information:

Hahns Peak/Bears Ears Ranger District, 925 Weiss Drive , Steamboat Springs, CO, 80487, Phone: 970-879-1870, Fax: 970-879-2147


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