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Pretty difficult considering the snow, mud, slush, and ice. However, totally worth it when you get to the top! I will be returning when the trail is dry.

hiking
22 hours ago

Nice little hike. Waterfall was amazing.

hiking
3 days ago

Great hike, a little harder then we were thinking. Brought two labs along, they got muddy but the Arch gave a nice view and a great place to sit and eat a little snack. The hike it self was out and back, the way there being mostly up hill. I thought it was "moderate" but definitely some slippery rocks this time of year. Wish i had worn my hiking boots, no my old tennis shoes.

We wanted a easy hike on a beautiful day and this was a great pick. The parking was an issue but all trails were clearly marked and easy to follow. We were afraid it was gonna be really crowded but it wasn’t too bad.

Great trail run today- a bit muddy through the forest

Great way to warm up the legs for a week of hiking. Beautiful views

Pretty boring trail, not a lot of access to the water, lots of people, little shade. I did enjoy seeing the goats though.

Gorgeous hike. Can be heavy traffic on the weekend but still not bad. The view is worth the hike.

Beautiful day on the trail. Even though this is ranked moderate it’s a tough one. The views from the arch are incredible.

My favorite trail in Pagosa! If you catch it right there are some beautiful fairy flowers end of May early June.

Awesome hike! The climb was a fun challenge. Be ready for a crowd.

hiking
7 days ago

Great day for a hike. Beautiful park. A bit too crowded for me. I got here early so parking was not an issue but there are not a lot of spots to park.

Very flat hike. Good for beginners. You pretty much get the same view the whole way, but it's gorgeous! I only went about 3.5 miles in and turned around. Lots of traffic on a Sunday, but the trail is so wide hikers, bikers and runners can enjoy in harmony.

hiking
9 days ago

Did this hike in mid-April when snow was starting to melt considerably. The path was not icy, but we did not get to the bottom!

Beautiful views at the start, and the pathways were largely snow free (although muddy). As you turn for the 'final' descent downwards it gets considerably trickier. As someone with eyes bigger than my stomach, I was up for it, my partner who isn't a fan of slope-scrambles didn't want to go any further.

This is a hike where you have to be confident about slip sliding down some pretty rocky path whilst knowing you're coming back up there a few hours later!

It is an amazing, easy to follow hike and the river (which we visited in another spot later) would be well worth the trip. But it is difficult, tiring, and the view as you descend further starts to disappear behind trees, so you have to be committed.

Saw some very large tracks - maybe elk. Also saw a very stupid wild turkey pottering about at the top.

As everyone else says, go to the visitor centre, get advice from a ranger and remember you cannot do this without a wilderness permit.

Love this entire park!

LOVED the red rock views on this hike. Truly spectacular. I just tried to imagine I didn’t see the giant houses nearby. ;-)

Good overall hiking area. I would rate it more than easy because some of the inclines and descents could be tricky for those that don't hike often. The outer loop is boring and full of dog poo from inconsiderate people. I like the eastern half of the main trail because it's more narrow and less trafficked = less people, dog poo, and screaming kids.

It's a pretty area, and really nice because it's in the middle of The Springs and easy to access. There are many trails going all over the place and there are no signs so it's easy to get off course, but nearly impossible to get lost. Enjoy!

Love this place. It never gets old. Absolutely beautiful. There are several different trails to follow and if you want you could spend hours exploring here.

hiking
10 days ago

This trail is NOT really open yet. We had to park outside the irst gate, which adds 2,5 miles onto your hike each way (bathrooms are stilllocked at the campground and everything is closed). The trail itself needs some hardcore maintanence to be done which hasnt happened this season yet. We ended up having to go over about 50 to 75 trees, some o which were in rather dangerous locations. Dogs should def not attempt this trail right now. It took us about 4.5 hours to do 11 miles. We ended up not finding the hot springs before it got to dark so we turned around at the river (about 1 mile from the campsite and trail to hot springs). Overall, I would not say this trail is by any means 'Open' in April.

trail running
10 days ago

Awesome trail! Hiked early Sunday morning, hardly any traffic at all. Recommend good hiking shoes, there was a section of the hike where it was muddy so be careful around the edge. Recommend a hat and sunscreen, hardly any shade. Amazing views throughout the hike.

mountain biking
10 days ago

We went for a bike ride, it's a beautiful place, mountains, river, bighorn are some of the things you can enjoy on the walk, an easy way for the little ones.

Awesome hike! With the snow, the trail from the parking lot is a little hard to see, but then it’s fantastic and doable. A little icy in spots, but manageable with hiking boots. As you approach the first lake, the snow is deep if you stray off the trail. If you follow people’s footprints, the snow is packed and there are no issues. We went about 20 minutes past the first Chicago lake and then the snow is not packed and very deep and we turned around. Lake is still frozen.

Very rocky and in some areas eroded. Nice tree coverage. For the most part a lot of incline... up up up! Heavy traffic on the weekends, lots of families and dogs. The parking lot was full by 1 PM on Sunday.

It feels like 18,000 stairs. Moderate? The view at the top made it worth it. Very challenging hike. It was not crowded at all but the parking lot was full.

hiking
11 days ago

Have done this hike multiple times. Short but challenging as it a pretty consistent climb. The trail is clear of all snow and ice at this point. The nicer weather has brought out huge crowds lately, so go early! I had the top to myself today for several minutes around 930 AM. Great views at the top!

hiking
11 days ago

Moderate/difficult but totally doable. Heavily trafficked but really beautiful and worth it.

I was thoroughly surprised with how much I enjoyed this trail. It was much more difficult than I anticipated, you’ll definitely get your heart rate up. But it’s worth the climb. It’s very rocky most of the trail which my pup and I loved, but I did notice a couple older ones who struggled climbing a bit in some steep spots.

hiking
13 days ago

One of my absolute favorite hikes during the week and in the off season. During the warmer months and on weekends this drops far down my list with the amount of people on the trail. This is definitely on the higher end of the Moderate scale if not straight up Hard. This was slippery from when I went last October to this past week in April. Definitely recommend spikes or crampons, saw many people fall on their backs. The view from the Arch is beautiful and a great place for a rest and picnic.

Really good work out. Went 4/10/18 on an even day so bikers were kinda taking over lol but everyone is very respectful about sharing the trail. Still a bit muddy on the Enchanted Forrest side but not majorly. Giving it 4 stars because it doesn’t necessarily have a rewarding view or summit...but it’s a nice trail overall. Well marked.

Short hike. Gorgeous views. Fairly easy, but some steep areas. Watch for rattlesnakes on the trail and definitely stay on the trail. One almost got our dog!

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