Storm King Mountain Memorial Trail is a 2.9 mile moderately trafficked loop trail located near Glenwood Springs, CO that features a river and is rated as difficult. The trail is primarily used for hiking, walking, nature trips, and birding and is accessible from April until November. Dogs are also able to use this trail but must be kept on leash.
dogs on leash
So glad I watched the YouTube video before tackling this trail. Every time I started feeling tired, I thought about the fact that I was only carrying a backpack that weighed about 5 lbs. compared to the 30-60 lbs. of equipment the firefighters were carrying. It definitely reinforced my respect for firefighters.
It was quite difficult to find the place. We drove all the way to Silt (from Glenwood springs) and had to drive back. The beginning of the trail is very steep. The views are great. An ok trail overall.
It's longer than described. If you do the full lollipop loop expect about 4 miles. That's a big difference considering that the trail is completely exposed. You'll be baking under the sun longer than you prepared for. Otherwise, a nice tribute to fallen firefighters.
This was an amazing hike. Not an easy one but, well worth it.
This was an awesome hike and a fitting tribute to the 14 firefighters who lost their lives. Definitely recommend watching the documentary on YouTube before you hike. Really puts it all into perspective.
This is a fantastic hike that offers some challenging terrain and great views.
It's a very fitting tribute to the firefighters who lost their lives fighting the South Canyon fire.
so beautiful and peaceful! definitely a great hike, be prepared to feel the burn. bring lots of water. the memorial was beautiful.
Love this trail great workout but I can't emphasize water water water enough.
Beautiful hike, pretty steep inclines throughout the hike. The views at the top are especially breathtaking. Bring plenty of water! Of the two times I've completed this hike I've run out of water. My three dogs loved this hike!
Nice incline with some nice shade the first mile. After mile 1 you descend some where around 200 ft and climb to a point on the other ridge higher then the 1 mile point with mostly full sun exposure. Great early spring hike or early in the day departure from the TH. Take water for yourself and your 4 legged buddy!
Hard, but worth the effort. It is one of my favorite, and now a favorite of my three year old.
Great hike with historic context. Definitely watch the YouTube documentary before you go.
Start early in day in summer. Gets very hot. We didn't bring enough water and all three of us ran out. Luckily we were hiking on the way down.
Great, this is a frequent and favorite with beautiful views and a really good workout. Holds meaning and significance as it is a memorial and a tribute to the fourteen firefighters who lost their lives fighting the Storm King fire in 1994❤️. You can keep going past the memorials up to the top for an awesome view of the river running through the South Canyon, Take water and go early as it is dry and can get pretty hot in the middle of the day.
This was a very pretty hike. The views are remarkable and the tough sections make it worth it. The memorials to the lives lost fighting a rampant fire here in 1994 are a good reminder of how volatile and fierce nature can be.
An absolutly breath taking hike. Its difficult with a steep incline, but the views are incredible and the story is such a sombering experience as well.
If you're looking for a challenging hike, this is it! It's not so much the elevation change or the distance when you look at the numbers, but the degree in which you decline and incline I what throw you for a loop. After steady incline, you top off for a while before you must ascend into a valley and climb back up in order to reach the memorial tree on the trail. Both dogs were exhausted when we got done, but it was a great hike.