High Dune Trail is a 2.5 mile lightly trafficked loop trail located near Mosca, Colorado that features a river and is rated as difficult. The trail offers a number of activity options and is accessible year-round.
High Dune trail a 3.4 mile out and back trac at the Great Sand Dunes National monument. It isn't a marked trail, you just spot it, the "high dune", and make your way there the best you can by following the ridges of the dunes on the way.
BEAUTIFUL. If it's windy, make sure you have covering for all your body parts. Sand is difficult to hike in, so be prepared to spend longer than usual out there.
Love the Sand Dunes! There's really no "trail" to speak of, just miles of sand and dunes. It's a lot of work getting to the tops of the high dunes, and the expanse of the area makes distances rather deceiving. In summertime, it's good to start out early, before sunrise. The dunes are much less crowded then, and the sand won't burn your feet.
Tough hike, really no trail, your kinda at the mercy of the dunes, walking in sand is always "2 steps forward, 1 step back" bring your "A" game for this, even if it isn't a real long hike
I didn't make it all the way to the top because it got too windy, but it was fun! Be careful when it gets super windy though... that sand can be painful.
Hard to get good footing but super rewarding at the top! Plus running back down to the bottom is a blast too!
Strenuous hike up to the top of the 2nd highest dune at the Great Sand Dunes. Be careful of the sand being extremely hot as the day progresses, and as such this can be dangerous to dogs as their footpads can be easily burnt. No real set route, but it's advisable to follow ridges as opposed to just walking straight up the face.
Up the ante and go on an especially windy day. Felt like being on Everest!!!
Hard but extremely rewarding
The absolute coolest place I've been to in Colorado. Until you're standing at the base of the dune field, it's hard to put into perspective how tall High Dune really is. We hiked from the nearby campsites, and our round trip distance was a little over 4 miles. Obviously not the most efficient route up the sand, but we took our time to explore and walk the dune crests. A difficult climb mostly due to the nature of the sand. You take a 2 foot step and sink back at least half of that. The trot back down the sand was the best part, we were taking long bounding steps that felt like running on the moon. Our border collie couldn't get enough. Our trip was in late October so the sand was cool, it got below freezing at night while we were camping.