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Great for kids. On the lower loop, they have pages of a book every 50 feet or so to keep the little ones going. Great views of the valley.

hiking
9 days ago

If you are from the flat lands, and a low elevation, the initial bump from the start of the trail may kick you butt, as it did ours. Pace yourself, it's worth the effort. After hit the top, it's mostly rolly all the way down. fantastic views.

hiking
13 days ago

Great quick afternoon hike with the family!!! Dog friendly, bike friendly, well kept trail!

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
20 days ago

One of my favorite hikes in Colorado. Really beautiful views the whole way. From the road parking lot to the waterfall it was closer to eleven miles for us. Didn’t care either way.

hiking
1 month ago

This was a very good trail to hike. There is a river spot you must cross, if you can cross with your vehicle makes the hike a little shorter. I was afraid to chance going thru. Amazing views along the way.

This was an amazing hike. All along the trail there were great views of the surrounding mountains. We missed the peak of wildflower blooms but still the area was beautiful. We actually opted to 4-wheel drive up to the trailhead in a brand new explorer which I wouldn’t recommend due to the surprising deep water crossing at the beginning, and low ground clearance along the route. Also there is great access to the falls near the end of the route via a fork in the path.

Great hike! The map will get you to the trail head, but there is no parking there. Start the hike at the Nordic center, you can park there. Lots of forest cover so it is a cooler hike.

hiking
1 month ago

This is one of the most glorious hikes I've ever been on. The trail itself is about 7 miles, but it's a mile from the parking area to the trailhead, so that adds 2 miles. That first mile from the parking area to the trailhead is the most strenuous part of the hike -- it's a pretty intense incline, and the elevation adds a little challenge -- but once you're on the trail, it's relatively flat hiking. And gorgeous! I missed the flowers at their peek by a couple of weeks, but there were still wonderful beds of purples and yellows. And even if there weren't, the vistas around every corner were worth the hike alone. There's a little waterfall at the end of the trail -- it felt great to dip my feet into the coooooold water. There are a few creek crossings along the way, but the water was pretty low and they were easy to cross. There's a pond of water about 3 or 4 feet deep between the parking area and the route to the trailhead, but if you walk up the bluff to the left of the pond, you can cross there -- boots stayed dry.

Took my two boys 7+9 plus wife down the trail. Took about 55 min to get to creek and waterfall. Very beautiful hike, canyon walls with trees. At the creek is a campsite plus picnic table. Some access to the creek, but not easy bcz of trees/ bushes. The waterfall appears on the canyon wall at the campsite, but it wasn’t running. You can see the wet rocks marking it, but nothing else. Walk back up was about the same amount of time. I would rate the trail as moderate.

mountain biking
1 month ago

the trail up Kebler pass is much shorter, about 4-5 miles but greater inclination. awesome for mtb with a great up hill and an even better down. highly recommend .definitely on the harder side so I wouldn't reccomend for a beginner.

I hiked this trail yesterday.. it was awesome. The water looks so pristine. The hike down is as to be expected, easy. The hike back up is a challenge for an inexperienced hiker or for someone not acclimated to the altitude. All in all definitely worth the effort. 10/10 would do it again. 6 miles in total

hiking
1 month ago

Beautiful display of flowers especially after the third creek crossing

My husband and I did this trail in mid July. Other than being quite hot and not much shade, we enjoyed it. Tip: take a right when the trail comes to a dead end (about 0.8 mile in), and then about 1.5 mile in take the fork that goes right down into the forest. It will spit you out at an overlook where you are looking down into the canyon! Great views. Bring lots of water and sunscreen!

Loved this hike. Absolutely beautiful and not too strenuous. You do have to cross a few streams so keep that in mind if you don’t have great balance to hop across rocks, or just be okay getting your feet wet. No bikes once you hit the trailhead so that’s a bonus as well. Definitely park and walk up the road. We saw a couple raised vehicles make it through the stream but don’t risk it unless you know what you’re doing. The road is a climb but it’s a pretty walk and less than a mile I’d say. The trail wasn’t too busy- more people coming back vs going up- so get an early start and you’ll feel like you have this trail all to yourself. Most dogs we ran into were off leash.

hiking
2 months ago

A gorgeous hike filled with wildflowers and views.

hiking
2 months ago

Beautiful hike with a couple short steep spots on way out so worth it

A lot of switchbacks down the trails make the trail a perfect grade. The trails was well maintained and had 2 bridges to cross the creek. Towards the bottom of the trail you were walking next to the creek which had numerous waterfalls. At the end you could see where the creek and river meet up and because of the current from the river up into the stream you could jump in. The canyon wall was stunning the entire way. Took my dad and I just over two hours with a break at the bottom

hiking
2 months ago

Rustler’s Gulch was an incredible hike! The views were fantastic and the wildflowers were beautiful. It’s a steep hike up to the trailhead because of the flooded 4 wheel drive road, but well worth the hike.

Did this one mid July. Wildflowers were spectacular. Very buggy so take plenty of spray to keep them away. With a high clearance vehicle we were able to forge the creek at the base of the hill and drive up to the gate. This is a great hike !

hiking
2 months ago

Nice progressive incline. I believe closer to 9 miles from town. You will experience forest and aspen groves to open meadows with some nice wildflowers in transition. It says no dogs above but they are allowed w leash law. Lake is clear, saw lots of cutthroats. Wish I brought my rod!

lovely trail! wildflowers and waterfalls. what more could you want?

Beautiful and well marked! There was a bit of a walk to the trailhead but totally worth it. We saw some great wild flowers and mountain views near the end, and the forest on the way up was charming and lush. The lake is stunning! Except for a few sections, the climb was nice and gradual, and we made better time than we thought we would.

Beautiful trail. Amazing views. Great place to swim at the bottom. Awesome campsites down at the bottom. Wish I had known about it would have been a great place to stay. I clearly don’t do enough cardio, had to stop a few times coming back up. But we did the whole thing in about 2.5 hours including a stop at the bottom. Be sure to go check out the vista...you can look all the way down to the beach you just walked to.

Beautiful trail! Gorgeous views of the black canyon. A little uneven but nice and short and easy, appropriate for almost anyone. One of my favorite hikes. We did it about 1.5 hours before dusk and were the only people on the trail. It was great. Our dog was also a big fan.

The wildflowers were fantastic!

hiking
2 months ago

Hiked this yesterday. Absolutely fabulous once you pass the dirt road and get onto the trail. (You can drive to the trail head but need very high clearance to ford a moderately deep stream.)
This trail has chest high wildflowers for a good portion of the hike and stunning vistas. Great hike anytime but in July it’s incredible.

hiking
2 months ago

A really beautiful wildflower hike, with beautiful views of multiple peaks. We loved it! Bring your water shoes (altho most streams are relatively easy to cross). We hiked up the rough dirt road to the trailhead, (which adds about a mile each way) as the initial water crossing seemed rather deep for our SUV. Most others made the same choice. Lightly traveled and absolutely beautiful. Gradual incline (after initial steep dirt road). Wear your sunscreen as most of the trail is in sunlight.

Loved this trail.. It was steep at first until you get past the cement creek caves. Then it was beautiful meadows on the hills with a forest feel at the end. It was easy enough and beautiful!

hiking
2 months ago

I went on June 27th, 2018 and this is probably the most gorgeous hike I've taken in Colorado, and I'm a native. It was a Wednesday and we only saw 4 other people (lots of other cars though) on the trail all day in 8.6 miles.
If you don't have 4WD with high clearance, don't try the road to the trailhead. The rocks are nuts and have the potential to mess your car up and the East river was definitely waist deep where you need to drive across. I have a Subaru Impreza and it was a no-go. That said, the mile on the road to the trailhead is STRENUOUS!! My boyfriend is in GREAT shape (Me - meh) and even he was surprised how steep it was. Next time, I'm paying a stranger $10 to bring me to the trailhead. After that, it levels out for the majority (only one more significant steep stretch - maybe 3/4 of a mile to 1 mile) and it was an easy and enjoyable hike. There are several river/stream crossings so wear Tevas or bring a towel and maybe extra socks.
My favorite parts were dodging the river constantly, the midway highest point (so gorgeous), and of course, the WILD FLOWERS!! The entire journey is other-worldly and I highly recommend.

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