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The hike was very horizontal and not suitable for any temperature other than a morning climate. Overall, though, the sights were breathtaking, and it was definitely worth my time.

Great beginners area to hike, be aware that the fire tower is currently closed, I did not see any signs calling this out until I got to the fire tower.

hiking
16 days ago

7AM! We had a blast entering in from the Lake Mead side of the highway and hit this site first! Nobody there yet and early enough not to be too hot. You can park right below this rock formation and take a quick hike up. The trail is marked with some fading white chalk and takes you directly up and behind for an awesome view! FYI: Signs say not to walk on the road.

Lots of Petroglyphs to see! Short trail but the sand makes it just challenging enough for someone on their first hike like me!

Not to hard a hike. The Outlook is amazing. A little steep at the end but worth it. Devil's canyon is beautiful.

Only went in the first mile or so. Steep so very challenging Parking is sketchy. We overnight camped on the first flat area in which was very nice with a great view.

hiking
1 month ago

short trail easy for kids and pets. Was easy to get lost. It's right off the road.

easy short hike for kids and pets to see lots of amazing petroglyphs. The sand is hot for pets, be careful. We saw 4 big horn sheep!

This is one of my favorite trails when I want to get in a short hike.

1 month ago

Quick trip up the stairs to see some great petroglyphs. Good for adults and children.

hiking
1 month ago

I have hiked this mountain from two angles and it is my favorite mountain hands down. This particular trail is breathtaking. You will never forget this hike!

hiking
1 month ago

My review is based on fond and strong memories of hiking this trail four times, the first in 1963 and the last in 1984. So, I cannot comment from firsthand experience on the current condition of the trail. I was very sorry to read that the Forest Service no longer maintains this trail much, if at all. (Technical note: I've learned that the US Geological Survey has added 5 ft to at least some of the elevation numbers in this area. So, I've added 5 to some numbers from my old topo map.)

I usually had to look around a bit to find the continuation of the trail after it last crosses the creek and heads toward the North Peak. The part of the trail between this point (elevation about 8800 ft) and timberline (about 11,600) is unlike any other from the dozens of hikes I've done in Colorado. This stretch involves over 20 switchbacks, a seemingly relentless upward slope, and only one small opening in the trees along the way. This long steep trek in the forest might be boring for many hikers, but for me, it encouraged a sort of meditative experience.

On reaching the saddle point (12,045+), you suddenly get a fine view of the northern Sangre de Cristo mountains, the nearest of which is about 25 mi away. Pikes Peak is about 60 mi to the north, and the well-known twin Spanish Peaks are about 30 mi to the south.

The trail continues over the saddle point, then descends the west side of the mountain. So, from the saddle, you pick your own way(s) off-trail to go any higher. (See the topo map.) I'll mention three good options, each of which I've taken, for hiking to higher points and peaks: (1) Greenhorn Peak (12,352) is about 1 and 3/4 mi SE of the saddle. (2) North Peak (12,225) is about 1/3 mi NE of the saddle. (3) A pair of unnamed summits is about 1/2 mi SE of the saddle. The lower one (12,205+) is about 1/4 mi SW of the higher one (12,242), with a small dip in elevation between them. I remember this third option, to two points without names (at least on the maps I've seen), as an especially pleasant and relaxing walk above treeline.

Many other mountains are higher and get more attention, but I prefer Greenhorn, for the hiking and for the views of both Greenhorn and the mountains around it.

An alternative use of the trail, for people who prefer to hike only above timberline: Drive the forest road to the west end of the trail, high on the west side of the mountain. This road was in pretty good condition when I did it years ago; see elsewhere for directions. From the west trail head to the saddle point, the elevation gain is 570 ft, and the walking distance is 9/10 mi. I have never hiked this part of the trail myself, and do not know the current condition of it. (Also from this high road location, you could walk along the west end of the Bartlett Trail toward Greenhorn Peak, then scramble the remaining 700 or so ft up the peak on a route of your choosing.)

This is a gem! Spring is the best time to visit as the falls are active and beautiful pools welcome tired tootsies. Early AM I found to be perfect for this trail. We returned a few weeks ago and the falls were but a trickle and the pools had dried.

The trail was very nice for us on our horses, although rocky in places. Shoes would be a necessity. Once you climb up about 3 miles or so you enter a very pretty aspen grove.
The parking situation, however, was pretty scary. The pull off is immediately past the turn to Mears Junction on the west side of the road, and east to miss. However, the turn out is between blind curves from both directions. Our horses are used to traffic but it was still concerning. I chose to continue further south to Poncha Pass to turn around vs attempting a U turn.
It appears the trail goes both east and west of the highway, but we followed the trail to the east thus necessitating crossing the highway.

WOW!! Me fascinó hermoso lugar.

Un paseo muy hermoso me encantó.

hiking
2 months ago

Nice hike. 2700 vertical is a good indicator of the difficulty. I would rate it more on the strenuous side. Lot of bears too.

Gorgeous trail! I did 3 miles in. Moderate+ After the first half mile it is not for little ones or people with health issues. Ate a picnic by the stream. Just saw a few people on the trail. Can't wait to go back!

hiking
2 months ago

Well this mountain is nothing to sneeze at! I know the map says 11.3 miles, but our step tracker said 17 miles round trip. The trail was awesome up until about 11,500 ft., where there are SO many downed trees covering the trail it is impossible to get through. I recommend heading up to the right to get around them then get back on the trail. The downloaded map from this site definitely saved us by helping get us back on it. At the end of the day, it was a great hike and very rewarding! Even though it is a 12,300 Ft. Mountain, this hike definitely rivals some of the 14ers we have climbed.

Great little trail for the kids. Saw a handful of good sized lizards. Just long enough to "get a hike in", but not TOO long for little ones. We've got 5, the littlest two being 2 & 3, and they did great.

hiking
3 months ago

Can get steap in some places but plenty of rest points, quiet (Mid May) , only saw two other hiking groups. We only made it a few miles in before turning around however what we saw was very enjoyable. One person mentioned it before but make sure to protect from and check for ticks after - we found one on our bed after that, think it stowed-away on one of our packs. The breeze is cool and filters down the trail between the mountains, coming across the river helps it a little. Low snow last winter has made it less of a hassle to cross it (you will be forced to walk across it). The bridge is a new rebuild and much of the trail has been cleared of debris from last spring’s floods. Though the further you go up the less has been done. Expect a good number of areas to step over or under downed trees. Loved it, was a great hike for couples or groups alike. Pack water and walking stick.

A word of caution, if you go off the trail there are quite a few areas where the rock and dirt is loose along edges leading into the riverbed. General safety measures and you should be just fine. Did stumble across someone’s camping ground, however this is a no camping trail/area marked by the trailhead marker.

So many petroglyphs! I’ve never seen this many in one place before. I was really impressed.

Fun hike! Beautiful views of the pines and mountains. Lots of water flowing thru the creek.

a pretty easy hike. it was a great day to go hiking

nice trail beautiful waterfall bathrooms inside red rock

Great trails. Just continue past the dead end sign and pick the trail back up. We love our SoCo trails, quiet and clean. A nice change from trails up north. Please keep it that way. Have respect for nature and fellow hikers.

hiking
3 months ago

Beautiful hike- especially in spring! Lots of wild flowers and the pools of water were beautiful. We took our two dogs and they did well though it did require some rock jumping for them. Bring lots of water, the first part of the hike has little shade but once you reach further back there are lots of shady spots to rest and relax.

on Atlatl Rock

hiking
3 months ago

Neat climb up a staircase to get a close look. But there is also more petroglyphs to look at all around the bottom of the mountain.

Hiked this a few days ago with friends. It’s a nice trail with some rock hopping to make it interesting. Also, always nice to see water on the way.

hiking
3 months ago

This trail is heavily wooded and has a bit of downed timber. Not a super easy hike, but very enjoyable none the less. The 6.5 miles in is well rewarded once you reach the creek and cabin at the end of the trail. Great place for an overnight trip, but doable in a single day. I hiked this trail yesterday in 2.5 hours round trip.

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