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The hike is moderate to difficult. The thing that makes it hard is the length. You also climb the last two miles back to the trailhead at the end and that was tough for me. The hoodoos were very cool and no one else around!

hiking
1 month ago

I highly recommend doing ellingwood before Blanca and taking the southwest ridge. Most fun I have had yet on a 14er!

hiking
1 month ago

The frigid water made it painful to go to the falls. A local said it's best done in winter when frozen. Very popular and busy trail. Worth the short hike, and wading the river made it a memorable experience.

We went on Oct 5 when snow had covered the trail. It was cold and windy in parts, but much of our route was well shielded. The views from the continental divide trail were spectacular.
Note: the coldest and most windy part was on the overlook itself. The trail is actually more friendly, from a wind perspective.

2 months ago

Rated 5 stars because of the amazingly rewarding view from the falls. You have to scale the steep rock on all 4s to get there (most fun part of the climb), but from that vantage point, you can see everything and it is awesome.

hiking
2 months ago

beautiful and quiet!

Great views and amazing flowers. My son and I hiked back about three miles before the clouds (and thunder) started rolling in. It's mostly downhill, so prepare for the uphill trek back to the microwave station. It's a quad burner back up for sure....But well worth it.

backpacking
3 months ago

The lake is amazing. It is peaceful and unbelievably beautiful. The water from it tastes sweeter than any water I've ever tasted.
The trail is sometimes difficult to follow and isn't very well maintained. Watch closely for small cairns and be cautious you don't follow a false trail.

backpacking
3 months ago

This is a fun trail with about 2500 ft of elevation gain at the front. It's beautiful and Ruybalid lake is well worth the hike. However, if you're looking to follow the trail past the lake and hook up with "No Name Lake" trail be prepared. The trail after the lake is non-existent. Even with a good map, compass, and GPS we weren't able to find the trail. We ended up bush wacking our way through marshes and thick forest to get to No Name Lake.

bonus: less than a mile up there is a detour to some of the most amazing falls I've ever seen. Definitely take it.

Really nice short day hike with lots of different scenery. Best to have a high clearance vehicle to reach the trail head.

Super easy hike (for Colorado standards) to an amazing waterfall! Definitely walk through the water to see the fall

hiking
4 months ago

It's so good for people who love hiking and it have beautiful views around that place

on Zapata Falls Trail

hiking
4 months ago

This is the second time I've been to the Falls. The hike wasn't bad. I was in my low healed, open toed sandals and thought it was doable! I went barefoot into the water to get to the falls. My first time going, the "cave" walls were covered in thick ice and the stream was more shallow. This time, no ice and deeper, faster water.

hiking
4 months ago

Incredible hike, very rocky though

hiking
4 months ago

We only made it to tobacco lake. With the threat of a thunderstorm and some rain and hail, we decided to turn around. The views the whole way up were beautiful!

backpacking
4 months ago

It was super fun for my very first 14er! I recorded a video please check it out. If you are an Elton John fan you are gonna love it!

https://youtu.be/1DBu-EfItCE
With love,
"Apollo" Creede Wylie

It is worth driving the rough road. Easy and quick trail to get to the falls. You have to get wet to get to the best part but it is worth it.

Very easy hike. good with kids.