Best Trails in Gunnison National Forest

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on Judd Falls via Copper Cre...
15 days ago

hiking

There are two parking lots, one at the bottom near the road and another that would definitely require a sturdy 4x4 to reach about 1/2 mile up. This is where the trailheads are for 401 on one side and Judd Falls/Copper Lake on the other. There was light traffic yesterday afternoon on the trail. We saw a fox in the woods but thankfully he went away easily (I have big dogs). Plenty of gorgeous views along the way! Will be back next year for the wildflowers. The parking lots are small so prob only hold 20 cars max. So come early on busy days!! Took me a leisurely 1.5h to do the hike, with a lot of stopping to take pics.

on Judd Falls via Copper Cre...
17 days ago

hiking

Gorgeous. If you park right on the main road, you'll walk about half-a-mile to another parking lot. You can drive too (obviously) but the road is fairly rough. The walk to that point is mostly uphill but not too difficult. After that it's another half mile to the falls. That part is a mixture of up and downhill; fairly easy. The falls are pretty but the surrounding vistas are the true beauty of the hike.

on Judd Falls via Copper Cre...
17 days ago

hiking

Easy Hike ! Great for kids !

on Grizzly Lake
18 days ago

Fantastic hike. Very steep but rewarded with magnificent alpine beauty.

on Fossil Ridge Wilderness T...
19 days ago

camping

The trail to Lamphier Lake is just 3 miles up a wide rocky trail. The lake is beautiful. We camped at a smaller lake nearby. From our campsite we hiked to Gunsight Pass for some fabulous mountain vistas. All along the trail was a vast array of flowers and interesting rocks and fossils.
Finding the trail to SquareTop Mt. was a little tricky. We bushwhacked through willows and small streams to the trail. The other route to the summit was along a knife edge ridge...scary looking. The trail is a strenuous climb but worth it. Lots of flowers ...and bugs.

on Beckwith Pass
20 days ago

hiking

Very nice trail through aspen, huge pines (?) and wildflowers (we went in early August) with big, wide mountain views. We parked across from Horse Ranch Park on Kebler Pass and went up 2 miles to "Beckwith Pass" and back down. 1.5 miles up you can take a right and go 3 miles to Lost Lake Slough. At Beckwith Pass there are 2 trails that continue on. One to "Beckwith Bench" and one to "Soap Basin" and "Swampy Pass". Very little information about these posted. A little bit of water on the trail for dogs. Lots of sun exposure. Hike took us about 3 hours with a nice lunch at the top.

on Teocalli Ridge Loop Trail
20 days ago

hiking

You need a lifted four wheel drive to get to the trailhead. The bikes, motorcycles, and biting flies make this a trail to skip

on Trail 403
22 days ago

One of the best flower/total panorama combos anywhere.

on Trail 403
22 days ago

hiking

Great place to get scenic wildflower photos.

on Rustler Gulch
24 days ago

hiking

Beautiful!!!!!!! The most beautiful hike I have been on for wildflowers. We bushwhacked up to the snow fields and the view was amazing. Nature at its finest !!!

on Trail 403
24 days ago

This is a moderately easy tail to hike. There are amazing Vistas and wildflowers.

on Lamphier Lake
30 days ago

beautiful the whole way!

on Brush Creek
1 month ago

hiking

It was a pretty walk with constant views of the valley below. Pretty wildflowers. Path was muddy but this did not affect rating. Gave 3 stars because the end of the trail was pretty uneventful - no place to stop and enjoy the view and the biting flys didn't seem to mind our bug spray. The app says it is 3 miles but it is 4.25. Easy trail. Took us about 2 hours with kids.

on Washington Gulch Trail
1 month ago

hiking

An amazing hike with the most beautiful wild flowers. The view at the top is worth the hike.

on Rustler Gulch
1 month ago

hiking

Beautiful! Flowers were at their peak. There were a few water crossings. Beautiful panoramic vistas - breath taking scenery. This hike was recommended by a local and what a gem it is!

on Kebler Pass / Irwin Lake
1 month ago

trail running