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Beautiful trail, easy to access near Frisco just off I70. Our group got to the trailhead early just after 7am so very few others there for a Saturday, but a friend said it gets very busy later. The trail meanders near a small stream that you can walk in if you love the mountain water in summer. Mostly forest punctuated by the occasional meadow with spectacular views of the surrounding mountains. I plan to go back in winter because I hear it’s great for snowshoeing and cross country skiing.

Beautiful trail! Definitely something you could do all day if you wanted to take your time! It follows the Creek all the way up and the trail is really well taken care of! While it is steep at times, the trail is easy enough to walk on. Do not be discouraged by the moderate rating! What the app does not tell you is that you can begin this trail in Copperhead. If you start here, you run into lakes along the trail as well! From Copperhead to Frisco on the trail is around 15(ish?!) miles, and if I could do it all over I would start in Copperhead! However, the hike was beautiful and very fun! Would do again and recommend highly!

8 days ago

Good easy acclimating walk. Good links to other trails to extend the excursion.

9 days ago

Easy trail to get acclimated. beautiful trees and kids enjoyed the mines.

I’m not an experienced hiker so not sure how to rate... but very enjoyable... 2 hours ( for me) up to Gore Ridge Trail... then turned around ... I went slowly with plenty of rest stops .... beautiful views along the way... and wonderful smell of the lodge pole pines ... 1 hour 15 minutes down ... although parking lot at trailhead was just about full I really didn’t encounter many people ... the people I did see along the way just gave a friendly “Hi” and carried on ... I post a pic I took at the bottom... pretty much says it all ... steep initially but levels out ... don’t get discouraged! Some areas require navigating over tree roots and rocks but nothing too daunting .... after you get to the Eagles Nest Wilderness Area the trail becomes more interesting... passes in and out of meadows and trees ... very nice!

Begins with incline and becomes more gradual. Along creek for most of hike.

The views are great. Lots of tree removal from fire damage and bark beetles, but the trail is clear and on a quiet Wednesday morning, it is peaceful and beautiful.

29 days ago

Great easy hike to get acclimated. Only saw bikers, no other hikers. Not many Mountain views, but the trees are wonderful.

Loved stopping along the trail to take breaks and enjoy skipping rocks in the stream. Wouldn’t say it’s a super hard trail, but coming back down definitely did a number on our feet because of all the rocks. Bring plenty of sunscreen though because I felt like only about 25-35% of it was shaded. Beautiful meadows and wildflowers, beautiful streams and water spots. Lots of birds to see. Also saw a moose about a minute into the hike. The trail ends when it intersects with another trail. Nothing too special at the end, but still a lot of great views throughout the hike.

Nice hike, great workout, and not too much foot traffic! I stopped a few times along the way to enjoy the water. The trail is very dog friendly and the views of the mountains are gorgeous! Flowers, butterflies, and dragonflies are everywhere...so are amazing views!

Easy hike through the woods with several interesting old abandoned mines to see and a handful of surprising vistas. Great mix of ease (I make a point of this as I am older and live a sedentary lifestyle near sea level), historically significant sites, and beautiful vistas.

Great tune up trail. Easy trail with good views on the first 20 minutes. Finishes along road to parking lot.

off road driving
1 month ago

This was challenging in parts for our stock Rubicon. We busted through the sidewall of our rear drivers tire in a tight spot while passing a Jeep coming down. It was an experience changing the tire on the trail. Steep grades, and rocky trails. Once we got to the top, it was totally worth it! The views were stunning, and there were so many mountain goats at the top! This was a good trail on the way down. We took a few wrong turns, which made it a more technical drive. The scenery was very nice, and it snowed lightly on one of the peaks on July 4.

Nice senic trail with lots of creekside and waterfall views. Definitely recommend.

Steep up climb at the beginning and then levels out. Pretty Valley. Started with my 4 yo, only got out a little and came back later and completed it with out him

This is one of my favorite trails. We did half of the trail today with my family (2 tweens, 2 mid age, and 2 retirees). We saw the beautiful falls, creek, forest, and meadows. I did this two years ago with friends and made it to the further falls. That trip was about 8 miles out and back and took about 4-5 hours. Today we did 4 miles oab. All of us had an enjoyable time.

Pretty trail. Nice for families with younger children!

Light traffic on a weekday.

2 months ago

Easy hike to get used to altitude. Cool ruins. Mostly bikers on trail. Very fun!

Follows river of snow melt with meadows and views

2 months ago

Great trail with cool old mine remnants. Boyfriend mountain biked while I hiked. Definitely more mountain bikers than hikers the day we went. Knocked off a star as trail markings can be very confusing. Couldn’t really tell where the trail actually ended, and we ended up coming out at the road rather than the parking lot. Probably my own errors though and not the trail’s.

Great hike with family.

Went in 3.3 mi on May 17 -- conditions good with some snow patches and postholing but easy enough. The creek crossing at ~2.7 mi in was challenging though.

Great place to hike without having to make a valiant climb to reach a summit. Undulates for most of the way, with occasional rough footing but nothing that a novice hiker would be unable to accomplish. The view was great despite the moderate elevation and hiking next to the creek gives a good “naturalistic” feel. Great Frisco hike, conveniently located.

Went up 5/5/18, arrived around 1pm, the trail mostly dry with the occasional patches of snow at first. About 2 miles up you’ll see significantly more snow and might want to consider poles for stability, however we made it up just fine no yak traks or poles. Eventually the snow fall is too much and you’ll loose the trail, you can’t continue up to Gore Range. Easy to moderate hike, only two hours at most if you take your time and maybe detour a bit. Trail follows the river majority of the time, plenty of places to pull off and enjoy the views. Moderately trafficked, we only saw a hand full of people on the trail however the parking lot is small so it fills up fast. Great for all skill ranges and ages.

Snow is deep about 2 miles up. Already some dry sun drenched campsites around 1.5 miles.

5 months ago

Mild trail, but so pretty with snow! Frisco always seems a bit windy so outside the protection of trees there were some big gusts of wind, but totally worth it. Well snow packed for snowshoeing. Our dogs had a great time! Met lots of friendly people on the trail also.

Great snowshoe in January 2018!!

6 months ago

Decent incline, but a very pretty trail in the winter. Make sure to stay on trail as the snow off either side can be very deep but not packed.

7 months ago

Beautiful winter hike. Snow-covered Trail but easy to navigate even without spikes or snowshoes. Lots animal tracks and solitude.

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