Explore the best hiking trails near Fairplay with detailed reviews, photos, trail maps, and driving directions curated by hikers, campers and nature lovers like you.

hiking
8 days ago

Great hike-- wouldn't quite rate it as hard though. I was the only one up there on Saturday. Probably the last day before you need snow shoes. Worth it!

off road driving
1 month ago

Amazing views.

hiking
2 months ago

We did this as a day trip. It took us five hours to hike the loop counter clockwise. Counter clockwise allows for a more gradual elevation gain. There were great fall colors particularly between miles 7 and 10 (if done counter clockwise), where you can look up the valley at the Mosquito range and there are a lot of aspens. When done as a day trip, 11.6 miles can be a bit long, although the trail is quite flat for long sections, particularly on the backside of the loop. Overall this is a great hike with minimal crowds and great views particularly in the fall. Would make a great trail run!

Came into the middle of the trail and really enjoyed the forest especially with the fall colors

Absolutely beautiful! Took my dog and only saw one other couple 10 minutes into hike as they were leaving so was able to let my dog off leash. We both loved the hike and the Limber Grove was amazing!

I came down this trail after hitting the four 14er peaks, it was scramble and rocky, definitely not easy. $12 to camp and $3 to park, go explore here for a weekend if you don't live close by.

on Wheeler Lake

off road driving
2 months ago

This trail was semi difficult but the views are awesome. You may be able to drag a stock 4x4 off but it's going to take some effort and your probably going to come back with so beauty marks. However that's the fun part sometimes is pudding things to the limits and seeing what you can do. It's a pretty long trail so take water and food plus the other lake is a decent hike so if you plan on visiting it be prepared. Lastly don't travel this one alone, it's always better to have a backup rig for support. Safe travels and wheel on!

backpacking
3 months ago

Good for first time backpacking with high school students.

Did this yesterday and hit Lincoln, Cameron, and Bross!!! Hiked in from Crest Drive in Quartsville and made a loop. Was about 13 miles but amazing!!! Up to Mt. Lincoln from this way we saw nobody and there were only three cars in the lot! Not well know trail head but we found it! We didn't see anyone on the way down either!!! Amazing back road way to hit this popular 14er trail!

hiking
3 months ago

Road to trail is rocky but made it fine in a car, took it slow. People were camping along different spots of the trail. I went counterclockwise and it took me less than 4:30 hours to hike the entire loop with my breaks included. Perfect half day hike after a 2 hour drive with minimal crowds. The trail is next to creeks most of the way with lots of great views. The sun or storms will get you when in the top meadow, in between the two creeks.

hiking
3 months ago

Awesome trail! Beautiful grove of bristlecone and limber pines!

hiking
4 months ago

Amazing hike! With views you'll remember forever.

Just understand that you're starting the hike at 12k feet so, depending on where you normally live, the air could be drastically thinner.

Make sure to drink plenty of water as you'll underestimate the need to drink. Also bring gloves and a beanie/hood for the wind chill.

Lastly, keep an eye on the weather as you won't want to be stuck at 14k+ with a storm rolling in. I'd recommend starting between 6&7am and you'll be able to hit all four summits in 6 hours.

backpacking
4 months ago

You definitely want to do this loop counter clockwise! 12miles in 2 days can be long if you carry gear. We pitched our tent at 5.8 miles but you have better spots coming up if you keep going for another half mile to a mile.

hiking
4 months ago

Gorgeous, but can have a lot of jeep traffic especially on weekends. Trail ends with a 400 ft vertical scramble so save some energy. It's worth the effort.

4 months ago

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