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15 days 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/

Great trail, easy to follow, and great for kids. Our five year old completed the round trip down to the river and back up - circa 3 miles. It was not too crowded despite the weather and fall colors and there is plenty of parking at the trailhead.

Amazing trail. I was blown away. One of the best trials I’ve been on in the 40 or so hiked I’ve done in Colorado. Not easy by any means. For sure a moderate trail.

hiking
23 days ago

To wouldn’t rate this as hard per se. The switchbacks are consistent but nothing super hard. It tools us 1.5 hours up with breaks and about 1 hour down. It was a good trail because of the views of the distance mountains and the fall colors. When you get to the lake, there are a few logs to rest and have a snack. Our dog ran into the lake for some water and cams out muddy. There is a stream at the start of the trail. There is not much shade hiking up, so where sunscreen.

We hiked a little more than 4 miles in and found a nice lunch spot on the river. You will hike for a good 2 mile before the trail is beside the creek. We saw a couple deer and only passed three other hikers. Great day to be among the changing Aspen leaves.

The trail is 3 miles from the parking lot to the top. The last .8 miles from the fork is really steep. Beautiful views when you get there.

hiking
1 month ago

GORGEous trail. As long or short as you like (out & back). You run into fewer people the farther out you get. After you go up and up for a little while on some moderate switchbacks, you will descend down further into the gorge and will find access points to the river. Wonderful little lazy shady spots to enjoy from there up to the first bridge. Large boulders strewn throughout the river on which you can relax a while.

1 month ago

It was a challenge but it was worth it. Wow it view tho!

Its a beautiful trail. A few steep inclines but all and all good hike. Up and down in 3 hours with a 30 min lunch at the falls.

Steady climb up but the view at the top is more than worth the effort. Great short hike with lots of brilliant yellow Aspens. RT was ~3.5 hours with plenty of time at the top for lunch and water for hiking companion, Daisy the Wonder Dog. Trail is shaded ~75% of the hike. Recommended hike near Durango.

hiking
1 month ago

Loved this hike along the river. The water was so clear. We had the trail to ourselves and found a nice spot close to the first bridge where we stopped for lunch and dipped our toes in the water. There are good sized rocks and small boulders on most of the trail, so I would suggest good ankle supported boots. We turned around at the first bridge (3+ miles), which made a great day hike. Stopped at the Rusty Shovel on the way out for a brew. :-)

One of the best hikes with a views near Durango.

Spectacular view from the top. Good workout going up the trail.

One of my favorite hikes in the Durango area. We did it today and were thrilled to see very little fire damage. You’ll work to get to the top but the views are well worth the effort.

What a beautiful easy hike the first 6 miles... then we turned around... and just as beautiful going back.

We hiked in about 6 miles, past twin bridges. Round trip, according to Map My Hike app, was 12.8 miles. Great views, with constant sound of water flow. There were lots of horse dung. we saw a couple with 5 horses walking back out. it was day after the Labor day so we didn't see any body else.

Trail is open as of 09/01/18. Great hike! Easy to navigate. Great views! Took us a little over 3 hours from start to finish including stopping for photos.

Great area and we were the only one on the trail on a Sunday. I didn't even know that was possible for the Durango area. There are a few delta's the trail is very poorly marked so your going to get off path due to all the alternate paths made by the cows. The other thing is where there are many cows blazing trails there is a huge amount of bullshi* all over the paths. The views and lack of traffic made it all worth it however. I don't know that I would rate it as hard maybe a moderate my 12 year old and Jack Russel made it easily.

hiking
1 month ago

Great trail for the family. Enjoyed the beautiful cliffs and picnicking by the river.

Great hike with beautiful views the whole way. We made it to the first bridge which is a little over 3 miles and it made for a good day hike.

The trailhead is in the parking lot just outside the campgrounds. The trail skirts around the campground and starts again. The trail is well marked and traveled with a easy hike up a slight elevation gain. In places it will follow right along the river allowing you access to the water. We only went to Twin Bridges which was approximately 8 miles round trip. Beautiful scenery and an easy hike for all levels.

Only made it to the first major bridge that is about 3 miles in but it was an absolutely beautiful hike. Got caught in a hail storm for a couple of minutes but that didn’t ruin it for the family.

The first bridge is a good place to stop if you just want to do a short day hike. Hoping to do overnight camping in the trails later.

make sure you bear right to see the views

Love it!

Tried hitting the trail today(8/19/18) and it’s closed due to the 416 fire and mudslides.... bummer

Strenuous, but beautiful (and prime fishing).

Closed as of 08/10/2018

Absolutely beautiful hike. The views of the canyon are sweeping and breathtaking. We didn’t make it to the bridge but saw some really great views after only hiking 2.5-3 miles in. There are parts of the creek that get pretty deep (5-6 feet) and you can swim easily. The elevation gain felt very minor.

The trailhead is located at the very end of the campgrounds but if you’re not using a campground for overnight camping you need to park at the beginning of the campground area and walk through the road leading to the campsites all the way to the end. You could also walk on the horse/hiking trail from the visitor parking area which eventually connects to the trailhead at the end of the campgrounds.

This was my favorite hike due to the leisurely pace, sweeping views, and how uncrowded it was (and we did ice lakes and highland mary lakes also).

Lovely, easy trail with little elevation gain. Incredible views from the top.

gorgeous! my favorite hike

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