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hiking
3 days ago

I would rate this easy, maybe at most slightly moderate when it comes to hiking and I’m an absolute beginner. The beginning doesn’t offer much scenery, but the views get better as you go on. We got off the beaten path a little, but my group and I had a lot of fun on this trail!

hiking
3 days ago

This trail is easy in the sense that the trail itself is wide and very clear, but lord help your legs if you are out of shape. Going up, the entire trail is completely at an incline with virtually no flat spots; I’m not complaining though because I enjoyed the pleasant challenge. Coming back down is a breeze. Great trail for exercise.

I did this a little less then a month ago. I was alone the entire time and the trail had mud and snow but the solitude and the views made it more then worth it! Not to hard of a climb to get to a point where I was at a view where I counted 12 lakes!!!! I dont think I made it to the Crest but the snow got at least a foot deep and was hard to see the trail by this point. I was highly satisfied with the situation and stayed at my viewpoint for at least an hour and thought in silence about how great it was.

20 days ago

Beautiful views and great hike!

Hiked this trail this past Friday morning with my kids, aged 11 and 14. Remember when these smokejumpers lost their lives on this mountain and think of that every time I drive through here and look up the mountain, which is still dotted with charred trees. Wanted to share this with my kids. Perfect fall day. Bright blue skies against the red of the mountains and the muted copper and gold of scrub oaks lining the trail.We were one of two cars in the lot. The other reviews are accurate— there is a fair amount of climbing, but the overall elevation gain is only 1830 feet and relative to 14er hikes, there is plenty of oxygen. That said, my son complained a lot until we reached the memorials. Amazing 360 views! And the interpretive signs along the way explain the logistics of that fateful day. As you descend into the gulch floor and back up to the high point, there are charred trees to remind you of the power of fire. My only complaint is that the memorial trees and the individual stone crosses are overwhelmed with mementos— some appropriate (fire axes, helmets, gloves) and some that are just clutter (empty liquor bottles?). The memorial trees are covered with t-shirts that have disintegrated over time, so this particular spot is quite haunting. Overall it is a great and somber hiking experience— and a nice way to pay respects to those people who came here from other states to fight fires in Colorado.

Hiked storm king today. Started at 8:30am a nice 49 crisp morning. Perfect. The trail is rated extremely difficult. I hike every week and I would absolutely rate this the same. The trail has a short cut way up and down once you go up the stairs to the other side of Canyon stay to the right. The trail looks like it goes of to left. It does if you want to add distance to your hike. Which we did. Only because the short cut trail was very over grown sage brush. The trail was covered in fall leaves so we didn’t know it was a trail. We were ok with going the extra distance. But coming down we found the coming down from the memorial sight if you see the post with #3 that’s your short cut down just past it. Marked only with ribbons tied to the sage brush. Very heart breaking to see the crosses. Very breathtaking to see the view. I would do this trail again.

Absolutely incredible. Very challenging. The history behind it makes this trail that much better. Thank you to all our firefighters!

You can park at Bangs Canyon Trailhead. Follow the sign for "Mica Mines" trail. Continue on that trail for a few minutes and you will see a sign that points you to Rough Canyon trail, and you can start there.

hiking
1 month ago

Beautiful this time of year with the color changes!! Can’t beat the views.

hiking
1 month ago

Although it’s a climb, the wide path and relatively even surface make this a pleasant walk.

Incredible views!

I only hiked to the observation point. I’m writing this review in Sept but I hiked this trail in the July heat. Not a smart move. By the time I got up to the observation point, two liters of water were gone. I had two dogs with me that weren’t going to be able to make the rest of the hike without water. So, after we reached Observation Point we turned back. I’d like to return on a cooler day and finish out the hike. It’s a very sobering journey up. Firefighters are heroes and this fire was a big one that took many lives. I look forward to returning and completing the historical trail. Steep as can be on the way up, but a really good work out. Bring water, snacks, and tissue for wiping your tears away.

Very pretty hike. Knowing the history of the area makes the experience much more meaningful.

Love this one for a quick early morning or evening hike. Trail/road is nice enough to run on.

hiking
1 month ago

Awesome Views! A must do hike if you’re passing through the area. Did the out and back since the lower trail was closed. Views get better and better the further you go down on the ridge.

huge payoff. satisfying hike. stunning.

on Crag Crest Trail

hiking
2 months ago

The loop is closed. You can hike the upper loop 6.5 miles for a total of 13 miles. Great hike!

Very challenging hike. Absolutely beautiful views all around made it worth it

Awesome run

Just finished this challenging hike

beautiful trail. long, but not terribly difficult. I've hiked it several times, including the full loop. It's a popular hike, maybe the most popular on the Mesa. Got caught in a thunderstorm once up top, which wasn't entirely pleasant. Check the weather before you go! If you can, go in the fall - the aspens are lovely.

hiking
3 months ago

Thanks everyone for their reviews on this place. I’d call it an easy to moderate trail depending on if you add on extra legs. Lots of trails to explore. No tree cover and it can get hot. Loved the trail and views. A very nice mountain bike park that allows hikers and horses. I did see a sign stating no E-Bikes. Overall nice place to explore and nice views.

This trail is rather difficult, I got to the end in about and hour and a half and in total stayed for about 3 hours. It is very touching to see all the memorials for the firefighters that tragically lost their lives.

I recommend doing this hike very early in the morning. I started at about 4:30 am, this way you avoid all the heat during the day.

overall a great hike.

walking
3 months ago

Easy walk down, slightly harder up. We went at 2pm and there is, like others have noted zero protection from the sun.

Difficult, steep. Great historical significance

quite fab

hiking
3 months ago

So stunning. What a treat. The bugs are only a problem if you slow down!

hiking
3 months ago

My family and I loved it !

hiking
3 months ago

Beautiful views of the wildflowers and lakes. I’d rate it as moderate. The bugs weren’t too bad today.

Beautiful views!!! Should bring mosquito repellent.

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