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mountain biking
1 month ago

gorgeous! bikepacking from Kenosha pass, camped in Grants pass and rolled out the next morning to Copper mtn. Plenty of water in this segment on the CT.

mountain biking
1 month ago

Brutal in summer. No water. hike/bike way early to beat the heat. just passed through on bikepacking trip. wide open views for miles.

trail running
2 months ago

Initial climb is a series of switch-backs, after first mile you hit the remnants of a forrest fire and you're in exposed terrain. After another mile (so at MM 2+) you hit the ridge line and are back in beautiful forrest.

Ran the trail in December '17 so started out cold/cool then warmed-up. Trail in great shape -- limited water rut, well marked, zero snow and no ice.

3 months ago

Great trail! Had a 35lb pack and hiked in for a night off-trail. Hiked in on September 30. There were only a handful of hikers and many mountain bikers. All of the bikers were great and courteous. No complaints at all.

Aspens are at their peak and starting to drop their leaves. Walked from Highway 285 trailhead in 1.5 miles and back. Easy incline and amazing views. The trail is very busy with hikers, families, photographers, bikers and dogs.

This stretch is unaffected by the burn and features some truly amazing rock formations. Relatively easy hike, so bring the whole family, or take advantage of Little Scraggy’s cliffside for some scrambling adventures.

What I really like about this stretch is stacked granite rock formations all along the way, both in the distance and immediately alongside the trail. It's very cool to see the variety as you go, and there are plenty of water stops and camping spots all the way through. Mountain biking is allowed here so heads up!

Water. Water. Water. Bring plenty. This section of the trail has no water sources except for the beginning at the South Platte and then again (if you are hiking through) at the end at the Firehouse/Station. This trail takes you through a large section of the forest that recently was burned in a forest fire. But the undergrowth is coming back and it's still a scenic route all along the way. Because much of the trail is exposed (not a lot of cover from the trees) bring plenty of sunscreen, and of course your rain gear!

The initial 6-7 miles of this segment is heavily populated with bikers, day hikers, and mountain bikers. But once you get past the dam, up to Lenny's Bench and then beyond, you really get the feel of being in the mountains. Mountain biking is allowed on the trail so you have to share the trail and be aware. Overall it gets quite scenic once you get up in elevation and about 10-11 miles in.

This was a good trail. Easy to follow and beautiful view from the top.

Wow. Perfect hike... I went to molas pass at road and turned around. Incredibly beautiful, there was even snow on ground!!!! Interesting hike different terrains would definitely recommend it.

8 months ago

My father-in-law and I hiked this today 3 miles from the trailhead and back. Pretty level hike with some great views of snow-capped mountains, wildflowers and aspen trees. Only saw a group of 4 & a guy riding a horse during our 4 hour hike.

We plan on coming here again!

Tons of aspens, definitely coming back in the fall. No water on miles 9-14. Amazing panoramas, bring a good camera!

8 months ago

Awesome camping! Hike in and find a nice spot away from rivers and the trail

This hike starts pretty, but quickly becomes very long, hot, dry and yucky. It was about 3 miles walking through the burn area, before we came to trees and shade. We did not make it all the way to chair rocks due to time constraints. We are used to the distance of this hike, but this was hard with heat etc. Took my Border Collie who is used to hiking, but by the end she was very hot and had sore feet. Drank 4L of water on this hike.

Sunday, October 09, 2016

The view of this trail is amazing! The mountains and fall trees are so picture perfect !We are visiting here from Texas and the peace and tranquility is very nice.. Our 2 dogs loved it!

Sunday, September 04, 2016

Did about three miles round trip from the chalk creek trailhead-- nice hike with beautiful views from the ridge.

mountain biking
Thursday, August 11, 2016

beautiful ,worth it

Monday, August 08, 2016

A beautiful hike with awesome views of Chalk Canyon. Did about 4 miles round trip to top of ridge at 9320 ft. A lot of hummingbirds. View of Arkansas River Valley was a wide pano. A really great trail!!!

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