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Great hike with an incredible view at the top. Ice and packed snow in a few spots towards the top. Mostly clear as of 11/17

Beautiful trail but the beginning was not for people who are afraid of heights. I sadly have a fear of heights and found it very difficult. The part from the beautiful falls on was fantastic! I think it’s one of the prettiest hikes I’ve ever been on. We went in the summer.

10 days ago

Popular in town trail shared with mountain bikers resulted with poor quality hiking. Otherwise great trail with views and nice gradual gains.

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10 days ago

Moderate ascent with some great views of Durango and the valley to the north on the east side of the loop. Full loop is 6 miles, so it makes for a good 3 hour hike. Also a pet friendly hike. If I do it again, I’ll just do the east side up and back as it offers great views and terrain. The west side is a straight descent through the forest with little to no views.

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10 days ago

Beautiful, relatively taxing hike through the canyon with spectacular views. Entire hike is along the river. 6 miles to second bridge. Good morning hike if you’re up and about early, otherwise plan for 1/2 day hike - roughly 4-5 hours - if you go to second bridge.

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10 days ago

Nice steady ascent. Nothing difficult. Good views of Vallecito lake and dam on the ascent, but no views to speak of at the top. Good for 2 hour hike.

This was my first solo hike in Colorado, and it was a decent one! Weather was phenomenal here in early November (high 50s and sunny). The initial ascent was a bit intimidating, with loose rocks and a decent amount of elevation gain at first. It then got gradually easier, especially towards the top. The traverse across the mountain was awesome too. I opted to descend parallel to the canyon, which made for a cool hike out.

Great hike to top of Castle Rock with the stunning views. Recent horse and cattle hoof ruts on the lower part and snow/ice near the top. Be careful.

This was a great trail to hike! I’m in town for work, had a day off, and loved spending it on this trail. The trail itself was in good shape, the people I encountered were friendly, and the views were 100% worth the trek. No dogs were on leashes, but they were all amazingly well trained. There were a lot of cyclists, but 95% were polite and careful around us. The one small group that wasn’t was a bit scary as they came around a hair pin turn a little too quickly for me to be able to get out of the way comfortably.

I’d recommend this trail and just suggest you watch the cyclists and the horse poop.

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22 days ago

Good well marked moderate trail.

Hiked on 10/27. Doable for sure but lots of snow— wish I would have had spikes but can be carefully done without. If you have gaiters use them. My feet were soaked.

I was plenty warm with a long sleeve and puffy vest.

The directions lead you to trailhead accurately.

I went on past ice lake but could not make it to island lake as the tracks stop right now due to snow.

I’m 34 and in good shape and it took me about 2:45 to get to ice lake. I also drank near 5L of water. Totally epic views if you follow tracks up about another 500-800 feet of vert— about 1/2 mile distance.

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23 days ago

Breath-taking in more ways than one and our favorite hike on our honeymoon. The 'difficult' rating is no joke for low-elevation folk like we are, but it was worth the sweat. Above the treeline it's like Tolkien county, a different world than our Minnesota. We hiked on a Sunday in late September; we started early - around 7:30 - and only ran into a few other hikers. It was much busier on the descent.

Very well traveled with magnificent views

Lovely walk in the woods, gradual steepness. Highly recommend for a 1.5- 2 hour walk or trail run. Shaded so it stayed cool even though the sun was high. Bench at the top to rest and enjoy the scenic views. Can keep going up the colorado trail or turn back after Gudys Rest.

súper cool área! very hard to find trail. ended up just walking around, but worth the pit stop!

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1 month ago

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1 month ago

If you are a photographer, you already know about this surreal location. Famous photo ops include the Alien Egg Hatchery, the Bisti Wings, the Brown Hoodoos, Vanilla Hoodoos, Conversing Hoodoos, Manta Ray Wing and more petrified wood logs than you can imagine.Great location for nightime Milky Way photography too. Take a GPS to help you find the spots and to find your way home after dark.
No trails, bathrooms, water or food. Bring your GPS and leave no trace!

A hike with everything you could ask for. Flat open areas to rocky narrow inclines. took my wife and I about 3 1/2 hrs with frequent small breaks and 20 min at the falls. Amazing views throughout and very cool end at the towering falls. The last 30 min to the falls is the toughest. Hike back is much easier than the hike in. highly recommend

A good trail close to town with fantastic views up the Animas valley. We took the eastern loop which branches often to the right towards viewing places. The view at the top is fabulous. We opted to come back down the same trail as locals on the trail mentioned the western section is steep, rocky, and limited views. Overall a great 6-7 mile hike.

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1 month ago

My mind was blown. I did lose my track for about an hour and you can get turned around fairly easily. Bring plenty of water and GPS if you can. Felt like you were on another planet.

We hiked this trail yesterday as we have had so much rain in Durango. So glad we had the chance as the sun broke through for our 3 hour hike and we saw only one other hiker. Trail is well marked with maps at each junction. We took the first loop option using the posted maps. We saw three small cliff dwellings spaced well along the hike. We had 5 min of trouble finding the exit trail on top of the Mesa because there were so many smaller view trails- just pay attention to the sign post. Cliffs, mountains and vegetation, made every turn a photographic event. Lack of serious stretches of elevation made this an easy hike. Our 15lb dog loved it as her first hike. The soft sand/soil was easy on her pads. If you don’t see the parking lot using Apple maps, just keep driving a little bit further-you can’t miss it. Our maps tried to take us up a small road near the parking area that said no public access.

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1 month ago

Most beautiful hike I've even been on. The reward at the top is unbelieveable. I've never seen anything like it. The wildflowers were blooming like crazy when we went in the end of August. It was very difficult for us being from Nebraska due to the elevation but I would do it again!

1 month ago

This is our go to trail near Durango with first hikes and folks that don’t hike a lot. It has a fair elevation, great trees, very nice overlooks, beaver dams, beaver chewed tree stumps, and the reward of a pretty lake you can walk around. We call it our highest ROI hike. It’s a great opportunity to try your light/easy/first time 4X4 skills to get to the trail head. It can be done with RWD only and some ground clearance. We did it in a RWD Suburban and once many years ago in a minivan. We think the drive has gotten slightly more difficult since then. We did see a Corolla with a smashed wheel being towed off, so pick your tire spots well.

Love this hike! Soooooo gorgeous with the gold & red & green leaves falling! Beautiful year round!

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1 month ago

Great hike with awesome views.

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1 month ago

Great hike, amazing to see ruins up close without the crowds. Thoroughly enjoyed myself . Please be respectful of the ruins, let’s keep them around for everyone to enjoy!

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1 month ago

Goes down first, then back up so save a little energy. Easy. There are a few side trails, but these seem to go to campsites. When in doubt go right. Lovely aspen groves and amazing valley with aspens. Can pick any distance on this out and back since it doesn't lead to anything amazing like an alpine lake. Colors past their prime, but worth hiking in the fall. For more info and pics visit https://etbtravelphotography.com/2018/09/30/roadtrip-to-the-rockies-from-telluride-to-durango/

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1 month ago

Great hike, not too steep. Pretty short. Amazing fall color views, though the trail doesn't take you through aspen groves. Big lake which unfortunately is down at least 10 feet in these dry conditions, but totally worth hiking this trail. For more info and fall color pics visit https://etbtravelphotography.com/2018/09/30/roadtrip-to-the-rockies-from-telluride-to-durango/

Did with baby and dog - challenging but doable.

This hike was truly incredible. Went on 9/28/18. Amazing views, so much to do, waterfalls to climb while on you’re way up, etc. Weather was perfect!!Getting to see that beautiful blue water was so worth all the effort to get up there. Pictures can’t show how clear and blue it really is. I highly recommend hiking the summit peak directly behind Ice Lakes. You will have a great birds eye view of the lake, you can see the other side of the mountain, and I got LTE up there to make a FaceTime call!

Take plenty of water and snacks. The hardest part is the very end of the hike as it becomes really steep before you hit the ice lake. I will definitely be back!

As beautiful as this lake was, I say Columbine Lake was even more beautiful and there was more to explore and do. We went on back to back days and I highly recommend both!

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