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hiking
12 days ago

Great short hike. Mountain views and a great waterfall.
You can cool off at the base of the falls.

Great trail for a half-full day adventure the view at the top is so worth the trek. It may be a tough little hike for small kids, out of shape adults or those tourists coming from sea level so plan accordingly. I will do this one once a year now that I know its there.

hiking
22 days ago

One of my favorite trails that I've hiked. Weather was perfect when we started our hike and turned into sleet and snow when we made it to the lake. Prepare of all conditions in the spring and fall. We saw moose, deer and lots of little critters. There was very few people one the trail when we went and very peaceful.

off road driving
23 days ago

Awesome drive even in rain mixed with snow! Beautiful area.

We were able to visit the falls Easter morning. Someone had placed plastic eggs along the trail which made it extra special for the kids.

One of my absolute favorites. Day before Thanksgiving hike with my brother and nephew, a bit icy in some spots but FABULOUS

hiking
1 month ago

The trail is public as it is on USFS land. Only the trailhead @ gate 5 is marked for residents only. Respect that and park at the public parking lot/trailhead off N. Pagosa Blvd. as shown on the All Trails map.
If parking is full there there are several other USFS gates that are on public land but all require street parking which is usually not a problem as long as you're not blocking the road.
This map shows a MTB/road biking loop but for hikers/snowshoers better loops can be made from 312, 311, 315, 305 trails. Nice scenery and rarely used in winter. But bring a map/compass/GPS as some of the trails are hard to follow when snow covered.

I had the mountain to myself today and it was wonderful. There were a few muddy & icy spots, but overall the trail was in good condition.

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

Be sure to go to the third lake lakes two and three are above tree line. Camp near lake one. Lake one to top of my snedfles is 8.5 mile and can take 8-10 hour if you go over the ridge and down.

hiking
2 months ago

Hiked up to the lower lake this past weekend. Microspikes were helpful. I wore gaiters, but my partner was fine with just waterproof pants. We continued on to the second lake with the goal of making it up the pass and encountered pretty deep snow. The trail was snowed over completely and there was a good amount of post-holing and route-navigation. A snowstorm began mid-way through our hike and continued for hours so I'd expect a lot more of the trail might be covered by now. Didn't see any other parties though.

I think the "Hard" rating is a bit generous unless you don't normally hike at this altitude and grade.

Really pretty trail, beautiful forests and there are views of the mountains in a couple of places. There are a couple of places where you can see Pagosa in the distance with mountains in the background. It is an ATV trail but there was nobody on the trail. We went in November so it was quiet. Somewhat rocky, parts are a steep but easy climb. There is a place where trail loops but it wasn’t marked and we missed it and had to back track. It’s not obvious to turn there for the loop so watch for that or use this app to track your location.

A nice trail with a variety of terrain! A few steep ascents but pretty even mostly.
Not great views of the mountains (even in November) and very few open overlooks. Very pleasant since I love groves of pine trees and shady valleys. Loop was a bit confusing and not always clearly marked. I turned left at one point and ended up on a different trail. The length and the pretty sunset definitely made this worthwhile, but not a hike I feel like I have to do again soon.

backpacking
2 months ago

A wonderful trail! Slightly longer than what AllTrails says, but worth every step. One of the best we’ve ever tackled.

This is a beautiful very busy trail after a long ride on Dallas Creek Road parking can be extremely difficult.

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.

hiking
2 months ago

Hiked today, 10/29/18. Take county road 7 (Dallas creek) literally until it ends. Its a bit further than the directions tell you-- but no worries you get there. I started my hike at 9:45am and reached the second lake in 3 hours. Just about 2 miles in (around the Mt. Sneffels wilderness sign) I stopped and put on my micro spikes and gaiters. Gaiters weren't needed until the VERY end and spikes were hit or miss but it definitely made it much easier to maneuver.

I made it easily to the lower lake and it was GORGEOUS. I continued on upwards to the second lake and the views of the lower lake were incredible. The snow drift was quite strong and foot prints started to get scarce and it also felt like I was being pelted with small ice from the winds on the back side of the mountain. I looked at the second lake and it was 70% frozen over so I decided to turn back as I was hiking alone. It is definitely worth traveling up there for the views of the lower lake though! If you go that high definitely spikes and gaiters this time of year!

Definitely beautiful. I only saw 2 other hikers all day which was amazing =)

Amazing trail. Has some difficulty since most of the way back is uphill. Very beautiful scenery including waterfalls and the Animas River.

Pretty trail for seeing mountains. It’s well maintained and fairly flat for most of it - perfect for an easy afternoon.

The best hike in all of Mesa Verde and I know because I did almost all of them in two days and this was my last. Amazing views at the top! The hike was challenging going up, not much covered, but doable. Downhill was super fast! Park at the amphitheater and look for the trail sign. I would do this ten more times if I could!

I did not like this hike at all. Maybe it was the time of year? All the trees were dry, there were a ton of bugs, and the view was not great and either was the scenery. It was a good workout, but I was able to finish in a little over an hour. Go go go to lookout point!

This was a pretty cool hike. Good views and a decent workout. I was able to finish it in a little over an hour. Take time to pick up the map for the “tour”. I did not, but if I did, I would have spent much more time here.

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.

hiking
2 months 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.

hiking
2 months ago

A couple of inches of soft/slushy snow for the first 1/2 mile and then increasing to 4-6" of snow until you hit tree line. Once at tree line I couldn't locate trail at all and quickly got into snow a foot or more deep. Snowshoes or skis recommended above tree line.

Very well traveled with magnificent views

mountain biking
2 months ago

On mountain bikes-Rock chop all the way to the top! big climbs, punchy trail with lots of steep sections. The loop is fun and semi flowing in spots. Primarily an ATV trail but had it all to ourselves without a soul in sight. There's an unmarked T in the trail after an open valley - stay left and start gradually climbing. great ride in the fall with lots of shade. Not as bad going down as you would expect. Rode the whole loop in 2.5 hours including photo ops.

hiking
3 months ago

Hiked in mid October and went CCW. Might be easier to go CW but either way is awesome. The hiking was pretty easy and the views second to none. Like others I would recommend the guide book. It’s free at trailhead if you promise to put it back or it’s a dollar donation at the visitor center.

hiking
3 months ago

LOVED this trail! We liked both the complexity of the trail itself, as well as the fantastic views along it - both of the canyon, as well as the intriguing sculpturing of the walls you were walking by. If you have even the slightest fear of heights, you should NOT go on this trail. There were a number of times you walk on a (?)one foot wide path with a sheer, long drop into the canyon right next to you. Also, people of size might have quite some difficulty getting through some of the narrow squeezes. The scamper/climb up very tall stone steps after the petroglyphs can be very challenging, but it's only a short stretch.

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