hiking

views

forest

nature trips

wild flowers

birding

walking

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dog friendly

trail running

river

snowshoeing

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waterfall

horseback riding

kid friendly

camping

off road driving

skiing

snowboarding

rock climbing

lake

fly fishing

scenic driving

backpacking

hiking
17 days ago

Incredible hike. Not just for the fantastic payoff at the end (we stuck to the lower lake for our destination because the clouds were rolling in), but it seems like every 15 minutes we'd come across a new meadow, mountain view, or waterfall. It's got a good mix of shade and sun. The first third was really tough for us; you are climbing at about a 10% grade for what feels like forever. We camped near the trailhead and started the hike around 9:30am and it took us a few hours with plenty of rest stops along the way, with maybe an hour to get back (we started jogging once the rain looked imminent because we forgot to put the fly on our tent when we set out. Good thing because it started hailing within minutes of getting the fly on).

Fun trail very steep had a 1 year old and a 4 year old tagging along. Some areas have no shade so be prepared for that

Great views once you hit the top. Went on a hot summer day and there are a few areas with NO tree coverage/shade so come prepared.

snowshoeing
1 month ago

Rode it August 2013, absolutely love it. Going back July 2017!!

World Class hike and Beauty. We took 4WD road to trail head.

hiking
2 months ago

camping
2 months ago

Fantastic, had the entire place to ourselves besides one couple. Worth hauling a pack up. 10/22/16-10/23/16. Great weather, just a bit windy at night!

You can even go behind the falls. Be careful. Spring is the best time. Lots of water during that time of year.

hiking
3 months ago

Good hike. Great views after mile 3 In the talus field. Then great views of Wilson Peak and Sunshine Mountain. Pay attention to the map because it's easy to get sidetracked if you follow the bike tracks. (I ended up over a mile SW because I didn't prepare)

Views are impressive. I live at sea level but feel like I am in good shape. I took 90 minutes to get to the peak including rest breaks. It took 60 minutes to get down.

nature trips
3 months ago

Family friendly, hike either above (bridge) or into (stairs down) the canyon. $4 access fee.

Outstanding but steep hike. Not for the faint of heart - I did get butterflies in a few spots. Gorgeous views all the way to the top. Stopped and made hot coffee with the jetboil just past the first building and simply enjoyed the wonderful view of Ouray and the mountains. Garmin logged 5.13 miles roundtrip and 2,663 elevation gain.

hiking
3 months ago

Beautiful view at the end and throughout! Spectacular! Had a horrible time finding trailhead. These directions are wrong. Need to take county road 7 out of Ridgeway and take it for a long time. Also this hike is Blue Lakes, there is a Blues Lake hike right out of telluride so it can be confusing. Once you find it it is a great hike!

Definitely touristy- but, it's a cool place to visit. Walking down the stairway is a must-do.