Cisneros Trail is a 16.4 mile out and back trail located near Rye, CO that offers scenic views and is rated as moderate. The trail is primarily used for hiking and mountain biking and is accessible from June until October.
Directions from Lake Isabel Recreation Area: The trail begins at the Cisneros Trailhead, in Lake Isabel Recreation Area, across from Spruce and Ponderosa Group campgrounds.
Beautiful, well groomed trail. Easy to access. Took the detour to Marions Mine...highly recommend.
A beautiful afternoon hike for mid July! Beautiful wildflowers all along the way. The old goldmine and the nearby waterfall are definitely worth a side trip. The trail, while having some good climbs, is easy to follow and well maintained.
Gorgeous views, easy to follow trail.!!
Due to limited time and information about this trail, we only went in about 3 miles before turning around. The last mile or so that we walked seemed never-endingly steep and offered no views what so ever, that's why we decided to turn around and call it quits. If we thought if there was something to see just a little further up then we might have decided to continue, but again we didn't have all day. Probably not a fair review of a trail that is 16+ miles long but all I can do is rate it based on my own personal experience. We were also passed by a dirt bike which was unexpected and disappointing. My last complaint - Our dog (which was on a leash) was attacked by another hiker's much bigger dog which was not! Not the trail's fault, just a public announcement. Please, people! Keep your dog on a leash!!!
The first mile or so however was very nice. Uphill, yes but not steep and also offered a beautiful view of the valley. We also took the short side-trail (about .5 mile or so) to the silver mine which we're glad we did. All in all no regrets but not our favorite trail by any means!
FYI - The trail head is not across the highway from Lake Isabel as this site's map indicates. It's inside the Lake Isabel park and you have to pay $6 to get in the park to access the trail.
Did this trail in late September, and really enjoyed it. Ended up here when camping at St. Charles campground. Pretty low on traffic that part of season, and really nice vistas, aspen groves, and history (one section had aspen carvings going back decades). Also, there is a spur with an old gold mine, and a waterfall area. Both really neat to see. Overall, a solid hike.
The trail was in ok shape. Hard to follow.