dogs on leash
great hike! We only passed 4 groups of people the entire trail. Beautiful lake. The road is a little sketchy to get there. I have an outback and it did fine, higher clearance would be nice, but I also saw some little non four wheel drive vehicles on the road. Also, if you put the trailhead in googlemaps it should take you right there. The trailhead is not well marked, but googlemaps did a good job.
Spectacular aspen change colors. Blinding yellow. We went a little past the second creek crossing - very easy hike - really more of a walk. Gentle steady uphill but mostly rock free. Very wide trail. Suitable for everyone. Plenty of dogs running around. Will try it again in the winter - will be a nice snowshoe hike
We hiked 4 miles up the trail, the first two were relatively simple although uphill for the most part. The next two miles had a little rougher trail. The sites were absolutely beautiful and the aspen groves were truly magical. We got out on the trail about 7:15 and only saw another group on the trail. Definitely recommend!
The county Road 62 has been paved ALL the way from Grant to I70. Parking has been expanded by combining trailheads like Whiteside and Threemile Creek. This means the OLD trailhead parking referred to above is not correct. Loads more parking for cars AND oversized vehicles like RVs and horse trailers. Park in the new lot and cross the bridge. Take the trail on the RIGHT until it crosses the road and the old trailhead will be obvious.
Eric P. on Craig Creek Trail
Not the most scenic trail, but had some a few great vistas and a pretty stream. Best part was the drive in.
This is a moderate trail with the random spots to push it if you feel like it. It's a fun trip to take and not that far outside of Denver. This does bring a fare amount of traffic so be prepared for that. Most 4x4s with at least stock lockers and even some without should have no big issues. The trail does change as people go up it so this can change but with some good spotting you should have fun. As in all off-roading it's a good idea to have a good backup of water and food plus a additional wheeling rig. Stock vehicles may come back with some memory marks but they make for great stories with friends. Have fun and wheel on!
DH, 11 yo son, and I made our way up Tanglewood a little more than 3 miles before son was done. Trail during switchbacks became tricky to follow.
LOVED, LOVED that we could actually count the number of groups we passed (vs the hoards of people on our 14er). Quiet and peaceful. Enjoyed the trickling creek and wind through the pines. In two weeks, the aspens will be changing colors and the trail will look different. Feels like a moderate plus rating is deserved.