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Really enjoyed this hike, new views of the Blue Mesa.

Gorgeous!! My mom has some trouble getting up the first section (she has bad hips and arthritis), but could still see the falls from afar.

Great hike with amazing views of the town below! Lots of trailheads, so it’s easy to get off whenever you need.

Easy trail with great payoff taking you up near the base of the pinnacles. Hardly anyone on the trail in mid-November. This will definitely be a place I take visiting friends and family who are not used to higher elevation.

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.

I wouldn't rate this trail difficult. It's a steady drop into the canyon with only a few steps here and there. You'll want sturdy shoes once you're walking by the river with a little bit of scrambling the closer you get to the end of the trail. Take your lunch and enjoy the space!

Very scenic hike with great views of the lakes, pinnacles and snow capped mountains (from the top). Easy to find trailhead right off Hwy 50.

hiking
1 month ago

on Mesa Creek Trail

hiking
1 month ago

Beautiful fall colors, well kept trail. My 6 yr old did this with ease. The river is really low but still amazing scenery. Restrooms at the top. Well marked and easy to find. There are a few access spots to get to the water. We only saw 3 fisherman the entire time.

so rediculous that you must pay to hike. way better nature for free elsewhere.

2 months ago

Wishing for more water for the waterfall, but still beautiful.

Beautiful with options to go farther by taking the connected ouray perimeter trail.

hiking
2 months ago

This trail is an unassuming adventure, with challenging elevation gains that are well spread apart. In addition to amazing views of Ourey and the surrounding peaks, this trail features many variations of terrain. Definitely worthwhile, but try to plan hiking this on a cooler day.

hiking
2 months ago

What a trail! If you are slightly scared of heights avoid the very beginning of the trail and get on at the parking lot at the falls... it will definitely get your attention! Views were unbelievable- especially at the High Point- overlooking 550. Pack a sandwich and be ready to have a seat and just take in the view. Great trail- and don’t miss the waterfall in Box Canyon. And yes, the distances are off- it’s longer but worth it!

hiking
2 months ago

As stated by others the distance seems off, we went close to 7 miles. Many off and on spots, we did the full trail. The beginning right out of the parking lot is no joke! No warming up given. I would say the first part of the trail is hard to strenuous depending on skill. There are some narrow parts walking alongside the cliff, thus if scared of heights might want to think twice. The views of Ouray were amazing and the different terrain you experience was cool to experience. Not a lot of traffic at all.

hiking
2 months ago

Great walk. If doing in the morning start at Visitor Center and go clockwise as will make most of the shade. Great views of the town throughout the walk. Took us a little over 3 hours with plenty of stops to admire the views. Last section across the canyon was brilliant. Don't be tempted to take short cut back to town after the canyon. Follow trail back up for dramatic gorge walk and overlook.

hiking
3 months ago

Great trail walking distance from wherever you are staying in Ouray. Surprisingly, it offers a diversity of sights - waterfalls, small slot canyon, Box Canon Falls, and vistas of the town and surrounding mountains - while offering a decent amount of exercise. Uniquely offers multiple points to jump on and off the trail about town. Very enjoyable.

Nice easy trail with view of water most of the way. Lots of spots to hang by the water. There's one picnic table right off the trail. Its been dry, so no waterfall.

hiking
3 months ago

Awesome!

trail running
3 months ago

Well...if you have read any of the posts then you are already aware that the distance and elevation gain they claim on their map is WAAAYYY off. Its about 6.5 to 7 miles with 1385 ft gain (garmin gps watch) if you start at the visitor center and head clockwise (cascade falls to baby bathtubs to highpoint) and end after Ice Park. We were starving by that point (even after eating breakfast then granola bars on the trail

beautiful hike! weather was perfect. bridge crossing over Box Canon was exciting. hubby and I are in our 60s and did the 6.4 mile loop in 3 hours

had a great hike but be prepared to be tired. we did the whole thing and got every aspect of weather including hail...thankfully we were in a wooded section. there are definitely some spots that would be tricky if wet. also some narrow areas with steep drop offs. had a dog with us that was very smart and obedient otherwise would have been a little nerve racking and she also had to be carried as a few bridges and stairs had wide grates as a surface!

we had a great hike with great views, waterfalls, streams , and river crossings! i would agree with other comments to start at the falls and end at box canyon. after that is when is gets super narrow and steep.

Total length was close to 6.4 Miles not length stated on app. Trail was narrow in spots. I would not recommend this hike for small children. Beautiful scenery & waterfalls.

Super short, great for little kids, cool water fall to see. Great to see if you are just site seeing around Ouray

Awesome short/easy hike with amazing views. Some road noise in areas. Great hike for kids. We did it counter-clockwise and would do it this direction again.

hiking
4 months ago

Gorgeous views. Narrow, unobtrusive trail. If my 4 month old kitten can hike this trail, so can you!

hiking
4 months ago

I don’t know how they arrive at distances on this app, but every trail I’ve been on is at least 1.75-2.5 miles longer than indicated. We took the Ice Park and Pinecrest shortcuts on this trail & still logged 6.84 miles on Map My Walk.

The hike itself was pretty. There are sections that are steep, broken up by flat trails or descents. We started at the visitors center and got a map from them, which was very helpful, especially since we took two shortcuts. It wasn’t a difficult hike, but there is quite a bit of exposure and it got really hot. There are a few spots where you have to walk on or across roads.

I wouldn’t recommend this trail for kids under 8-9 years old, unless they listen well and have hiking experience. The inclines are steep and there is quite a bit of the trail that’s only wide enough for one person.

Took this trail today to get to the boat tour. Pretty and easy trail for the family to get to the river.

on Ouray Perimeter Trail

hiking
4 months ago

A good, challenging trail. There are some sections that are really awesome - around Box Canyon, for instance. However, many of the views are extremely similar to those you can see from town or from the highway. A long stretch of the trail is on roads in town which was not fun, although I did see on the map they're planning a new section that would avoid this. You still have to pass by the swimming pool, though, and the noise from that echoes far, which I found very annoying. If I did this again, I would start at Cascade Falls and end after Box Canyon - the rest of the trail isn't as remarkable.

hiking
4 months ago

Was a very beautiful hike but there was a lot of steep hills. Lots of narrow edges some with out rails. Over all the work was all worth it because of the views it would not be great for kiddos under 6 because of the steep hills. We had a 12 and 9 year old and it was a little difficult.

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