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One word: SPECTACULAR!!!

hiking
4 days ago

The parking area is pretty easy to find, you have to be paying attention because the signs are set back a little and the "lot" is actually on a rock, not a paved area and has a unique rock formation that sticks out from the landscape! The trail was fairly obvious as well once you get past the first .2 miles which is also on rock but if you keep and eye out and follow the cairnes and sign posts it's really easy to navigate! Definitely take the spur trails so you can get up close to the ruins! There were a few spurs that I couldn't find anything but all the rest get you right up to them so you don't have to go off trail! Also, this trail is a point-to-point (not 6miles RT). You can definitely make it however long you want as it's pretty flat if you start from the GPS this app gives you. I hiked about 5 miles in (including spurs) and then it was like 4miles back to the parking lot. I turned around before the switchbacks but there were about 9 different sites I saw in that distance! You can definitely make this hike shorter and still get some cool views! Lot is a decent size but rough terrain for low-clearance cars, no facilities and it's in the desert so bring lots of water and sun protection!

hiking
9 days ago

First off, we only knew where the trailhead was because there were a lot of cars parked on the side of the road. No signs along the road before here. Then, no signs that said where there might be sites to see, just a generic map. We came to a couple of people coming back down the trail and they described the mapping as "lean", "thin" and "non-descriptive". That's about what we found. We hiked up a few miles not knowing if there was anything to see or not. Bummer. Hard to know if we should've kept going or not seeing as we're in our 70s. Every time I went ahead to scout it out, I came across nothing.

An excellent hike and or an overnight x2

Very pretty hike but be prepared to hike in snow knee high at times.

This is probably one of my all time favorite hikes! I suggest getting there early in the morning to avoid crowds and to make sure you give yourself enough time. This is so scenic, everywhere you look is picture perfect! Wear layers, goes from hot to cold quickly. Bring snacks and plenty of water

Beautiful but busy! I left about 7 and made it back by 2. It's a bit of a burner but honestly the water is breathtaking and well worth the work. There were Llamas just chillin by Ice Lake which was random and amazing. I did continue up to Island lake which was awesome as well. People were fishing there and I sat for a good 10 minutes admiring the view. on the way there were quite a few people headed up. A few early morningers met me on the way up.

Good hike but well traveled at times.

Purely amazing

hiking
1 month ago

Absolutely amazing!!

The wash crossing is deep loose sand with steep embankments on either side and it would be a gamble without 4WD, I wouldn't suggest it but at the very least get out and walk it first to make sure. Note the 'getting there' directions, 19 miles to the small Crow Canyon sign...when Google navigated me here, it directed me to turn one road too soon down a gas line access road to a very wide and definitely impassable section of the wash (even with an ATV or OHV you'd have to go up or downstream to find an exit point). HOWEVER... If you don't have 4x4, you can park down this road which is directly across the wash from the trailhead and just cross the wash on foot, walk maybe 1/2 mile to the trailhead, it will be quite a bit shorter than if you bail out at the wash crossing on the actual access road. Anyhow, the area is more beautiful than i expected, a lot like Utah. Also hiked up the bluff behind, not a lot to be seen up there but just enjoyed the day and scenery of the canyon. A shame that people have added some of their own graffiti to the canyon walls but the petroglyphs are more interesting than most that I've seen elsewhere. Also one small ruin at the entrance.

Fun short hike. Was doable with three kids.

walking
2 months ago

This was a beautiful hike however be aware that the road (county road 7 I believe) is closed. The last 4.4 miles of driving become walking. Also the snow was very deep (up to my waist at points) so bring snowshoes. It was still beautiful but be warned that this 8 mike hike is a 17 mike hike in the winter!

hiking
2 months ago

Amazing ruins! Very well signed - no probs finding the route. There are even maps posted along the route!

Re distances from the lower trailhead: 6.45 mi to the top of the switchbacks (we took most of the spurs to see the sights) and 5.15 straight back to the car without the spurs.

The warning sign at the base of the climb is a bit misleading - it said only 1 mi of steep, rocky trail. So we kept wondering where the switchbacks would start. Turns out there is about 0.6 mi of generally upstream in a small streambed - then a sharp left uphill out of the streambed for about 0.2 mi - then about 0.85 mi of switchbacks! I’d call it difficult but not ridiculous. Great for training. The rest was easy as others have reported.

Great easy hike with my new puppy! She loved playing in the sand and running with me. It's also very pleasant in the winter due to no people being around!

One of my favorite hikes.

hiking
3 months ago

3 months ago

A must!

hiking
3 months ago

very nice!

Love the trails!

probably the most beautiful hike we've done. the time of year may have helped as the change from 50° at the bottom to about 20 up top with almost a foot of snow made it feel like a fairy tale. will be back. not an easy one but may be one of the easier "hard" labeled hikes we've done in CO. I feel like there should be more ratings on here than easy, moderate, hard. If this is hard, there are hikes that are definitely VERY HARD.

One of the most beautiful hikes in the state. Hands down will be hiking it this winter.

hiking
4 months ago

My favorite hike!

Beautiful trail. Not much elevation gain so it’s a fairly moderate hike. Be sure to take the quick side shoots (white triangles) that get you close to some ruins and view points.

hiking
4 months ago

Did ice lake and island lake on Nov. 24th. The lakes were almost complete frozen, but the view was still astounding! Bits of snow in the woods, a lot of packed snow on top. Brought microspikes which were really helpful, wouldn’t need snow shoes though. Will definitely come back in summer!

hiking
5 months ago

Took about 4 hours to do out and back, great weather and the trail was deserted.

I started on the trail at 7:45 AM, and it took me a total of 5.5 hours to complete: 3 hours up, 2 hours down, with 30 minutes in the middle to rest at the lake. In early November I was the only person on the trail, making for a slightly nerve-wracking experience on the way up but a very serene one at the top. There was a decent amount of snow and ice at higher altitude, but with my YaxTrax I was fine. I recommend this hike as a way to push yourself out of your comfort zone - it's a very difficult climb but well worth it!

on Ice Lake Basin Trail

5 months ago

Amazing!

**this hike is actually 6 miles OUT and 6 miles BACK. So a total of about 12 miles.

We started at about 11:30 and ended at about 4:30. The only really moderate part of the hike is about 0.5-1 mile of switchbacks. Other than this section of the trail, it was fairly easy. The views were amazing! You get to see so many historical sites in the cliffs up close. We went in the beginning of November and it still got pretty hot because of the direct sun exposure, so bring lots of water! :)

on Ice Lake Basin Trail

6 months ago

Hard hike. Beautiful hike. 65 years old and took me almost 8 hrs up and down. Ice lake was still not frozen but island lake was mostly frozen over. Trail was icy in spots.

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