Sweetwater Trail is a 4.4 mile heavily trafficked out and back trail located near Glenwood Springs, Colorado that offers scenic views and is rated as difficult. The trail offers a number of activity options and is best used from May until November.
Directions from Vail: Go 43 miles west on I-70 to the Dotsero exit. Follow signs for Sweetwater turning north onto the Colorado River road. Go 7 miles, turn left onto the Sweetwater Creek road. Stay on this road for 11.2 miles. Limited parking for vehicles is available near the cabins of the Sweetwater Wilderness Ranch. Another small parking lot, accessible by 4-wheel drive only, is located another 1/4 mile up at Hilltop Ranch. From Hilltop Ranch, go through the gate and hike up 1/4 mile on this connecting trail to the beginning of the Sweetwater Trail. There are no facilities at the trailhead.