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    ETB Travel Photography reviewed Purgatory Trail

    13 days ago

    Goes down first, then back up so save a little energy. Easy. There are a few side trails, but these seem to go to campsites. When in doubt go right. Lovely aspen groves and amazing valley with aspens. Can pick any distance on this out and back since it doesn't lead to anything amazing like an alpine lake. Colors past their prime, but worth hiking in the fall. For more info and pics visit https://etbtravelphotography.com/2018/09/30/roadtrip-to-the-rockies-from-telluride-to-durango/

    ETB Travel Photography reviewed Hope Lake Trail

    13 days ago

    Great hike, not too steep. Pretty short. Amazing fall color views, though the trail doesn't take you through aspen groves. Big lake which unfortunately is down at least 10 feet in these dry conditions, but totally worth hiking this trail. For more info and fall color pics visit https://etbtravelphotography.com/2018/09/30/roadtrip-to-the-rockies-from-telluride-to-durango/

    ETB Travel Photography reviewed Thomas Lakes Trail

    24 days ago

    What a pleasant surprise. This trail begins as a rocky road with mtn bikers. It wasn't terribly exciting and the fall colors were limited. Then at the junction, the aspens improved. Many people were confused by the number of lakes, first lake on right is more like a large pond, then second lake on right is nice by the best views are at the third lake where no one went!! We had it to ourselves except for the SALAMANDERS. So Cool! Pics and details here: https://etbtravelphotography.com/2018/09/20/road-trip-to-the-rockies-a-weekend-in-aspen/

    ETB Travel Photography reviewed Cathedral Lake Trail

    24 days ago

    Steep, but pretty fall colors and lovely lake! Pics and more details here: https://etbtravelphotography.com/2018/09/20/road-trip-to-the-rockies-a-weekend-in-aspen/

    ETB Travel Photography reviewed Lionshead Rock Trail

    24 days ago

    Fantastic colors right now! Be sure to turn on your All Trails map because the TH sign isn't even for Lionshead. It is game creek and then at the trail junction it is cougar ridge. For pics and more details, click here: https://etbtravelphotography.com/2018/09/20/road-trip-to-the-rockies-a-weekend-in-aspen/

    ETB Travel Photography reviewed Crystal Mill

    24 days ago

    Things to know:
    1. Many people talk about parking at the mailboxes, if you do this it adds at least 2 miles to the hike (one mile up steep road). There is parking at the top of this "4x4" road next to sign. READ Blog link for more info.
    2. As an avid hiker, I hate to say this hike is better suited for driving an SUV or ATV as mill is a bit anti-climatic after 10 miles
    3. GO early (7am) to have the road to yourself for the first few hours. You will also likely arrive at the mill before the bookstore folks have their table set up and you can walk to water at your own risk rather than pay $10
    4. Don't miss the BBQ place in Marble for an amazing lunch
    Here is link to blog: https://etbtravelphotography.com/2018/09/20/road-trip-to-the-rockies-a-weekend-in-aspen/

    ETB Travel Photography completed Crystal Mill

    24 days ago

    ETB Travel Photography reviewed McCullough Gulch Trail

    27 days ago

    Read the "getting there" carefully. GO to the LEFT at the trailhead junction sign. First part on road is boring, but once it is a single track trail, the hike through the woods, to the waterfall and lake were awesome. I didn't realize there were multiple lakes, so I missed that, but I was mesmerized by the mountain goats. Three sets of mamas with their babies. They sure blend into the rocks if you don't know they are there. LOVED the goats...pics and more info here: https://etbtravelphotography.com/2018/09/17/roadtrip-to-the-rockies-breckenridge/

    ETB Travel Photography reviewed Bighorn Creek Trail

    27 days ago

    There are much better hikes in the area. Though rated moderate, for anyone less than a seasoned hiker, I would say this is a hard hike with 35% grade ascents. HIGHLY recommend poles! Travels through aspen so nice for the fall and seems like there would be good wildflowers in July. Only about 12 parking spots limited to 3 hours and most people cannot get to the cabin and back in three hours. The cabin is anti-climatic. I recommend stopping for your snack at the large boulder field (not the small one) or going just above that field to a large flat area in order to enjoy the views. For more info and pics click here: https://etbtravelphotography.com/2018/09/18/roadtrip-to-the-rockies-vail/

    ETB Travel Photography reviewed Resurrection Pass Trail

    about 1 month ago

    Wet and muddy. Some wildflowers and nice views. Juneau lake and waterfalls were pretty. Lots of berries to eat. I find the hikes in Colorado to be much prettier without all the bad weather. For pics and more info visit my blog https://etbtravelphotography.com/2018/09/02/backpacking-resurrection-pass-in-chugach-national-forest/

    ETB Travel Photography reviewed Crow Pass Trail to Crystal Lake and Barnes Mountain

    about 1 month ago

    We hiked to Raven glacier. It was 8 miles round trip. Take the detour to the mine and amazing waterfall. I ranked the hike as a 4 because it was very wet. Requires hiking through waterfalls and wet mossy areas. Also, fog covered the glacier so we only saw the base. For pics and more info visit my blog https://etbtravelphotography.com/2018/09/04/a-day-hike-to-crow-pass/

    ETB Travel Photography completed Gold Cord Lake

    about 1 month ago

    ETB Travel Photography reviewed Gold Cord Lake

    about 1 month ago

    The mine was cool. The hike was very quick and easy. The lake was pretty. For pics and more info visit https://etbtravelphotography.com/2018/09/05/a-day-at-independence-mine-state-historical-park/

    ETB Travel Photography reviewed Upper Piney River Falls Trail

    2 months ago

    Easy dirt road to drive. Most of it is like a graded county road, though toward the end it is a little more bumpy. A sedan can make it, though smoother in an SUV. At the end of the road is a "resort" with a restaurant, lake for paddle boarding and horses. Since it takes 30 minutes to get there on the road (45 minutes if you get behind someone slow), make a day out of it.
    The hike is easy. Starts through a meadow. Wildflowers are weak now. Aspen groves would make a great fall trail. Light incline for a while, then a few long switch backs. It appears most people stop at the first area that reaches the creek with a tiny waterfall. However if you go downstream there is a less traveled, steeper trail that leads to the bottom of a much taller cascade. For pics and more info: https://etbtravelphotography.com/2018/07/31/a-weekend-in-vail/

    ETB Travel Photography reviewed Lobo Overlook and Continental Divide Trail

    3 months ago

    Lobo overlook has bathrooms and a picnic area. The trail is behind the radio tower. Given the continental divide trail is over 3,000 miles, I was wondering about the "5 mile" out and back. Seemed like too much of a rounded number for it to take us to an interesting destination which ended up true. We randomly stopped in the middle of the trail. Upon our return, we found out there was a lake around approximately 9 miles roundtrip. I would have rather had my lunch there! Otherwise, the sweeping views were lovely as were the wildflowers. The forest has suffered from much beetle kill. For more info and pics visit This hike is 16 miles. The trail portion is 5 miles. It then connects to the road for another 2. After 7 miles you reach the information area about the eroded rocks. It's another mile to walk anywhere near the rocks. The forest is dead from beetle kill. The trail is not hard, just long. But having to hike 16 miles just to see the rocks made me think I would have rather backpacked in so I would have the opportunity to take a leisurely stroll around the rocks whose views is obscured by dead trees. Or in a day, I think it would be better to rent a RZR or horseback. If the forest weren't dead, perhaps I would have enjoyed the hike a bit more. I've hiked the whole CT so its not about not enjoying the scenery, it's just with a particular idea in mind, the rocks aren't visible for some time. More info and pics at https://etbtravelphotography.com/2018/07/30/things-to-do-in-creede/

    ETB Travel Photography reviewed Wheeler Geologic Area Road

    3 months ago

    Since the hiking trail doesn't come up easily when looking for hikes near Creede, but the road does, I wanted to include my review here too. This hike is 16 miles. The trail portion is 5 miles. It then connects to the road for another 2. After 7 miles you reach the information area about the eroded rocks. It's another mile to walk anywhere near the rocks. The forest is dead from beetle kill. The trail is not hard, just long. But having to hike 16 miles just to see the rocks made me think I would have rather backpacked in so I would have the opportunity to take a leisurely stroll around the rocks whose views is obscured by dead trees. Or in a day, I think it would be better to rent a RZR or horseback. If the forest weren't dead, perhaps I would have enjoyed the hike a bit more. I've hiked the whole CT so its not about not enjoying the scenery, it's just with a particular idea in mind, the rocks aren't visible for some time. More info and pics at https://etbtravelphotography.com/2018/07/30/things-to-do-in-creede/

    ETB Travel Photography reviewed Wheeler Monument Trail

    3 months ago

    This hike is 16 miles. The trail portion is 5 miles. It then connects to the road for another 2. After 7 miles you reach the information area about the eroded rocks. It's another mile to walk anywhere near the rocks. The forest is dead from beetle kill. The trail is not hard, just long. But having to hike 16 miles just to see the rocks made me think I would have rather backpacked in so I would have the opportunity to take a leisurely stroll around the rocks whose views is obscured by dead trees. Or in a day, I think it would be better to rent a RZR or horseback. If the forest weren't dead, perhaps I would have enjoyed the hike a bit more. I've hiked the whole CT so its not about not enjoying the scenery, it's just with a particular idea in mind, the rocks aren't visible for some time. More info and pics at https://etbtravelphotography.com/2018/07/30/things-to-do-in-creede/

    ETB Travel Photography reviewed Arapahoe Pass and Lake Dorothy Trail

    4 months ago

    This was spectacular trail! Highly recommend. We arrived 10 mins before 9 and parking was full so we had to park on the side of the road. A popular area. The trail climbs steeply. Dry at first. Then muddy past waterfalls. Dry again until reaching the tundra with intermittent packed snow for half a mile maybe. Then a climb to a WINDY saddle. Being 95 in Denver, we debated packing puffies as we were in shorts and a T-shirt and I'm glad we did. The views are tremendous and the lake still frozen. For more details and pics visit https://etbtravelphotography.com/2018/06/13/roadtrip-to-the-rockies-lake-dorothy/

    ETB Travel Photography reviewed Browns Pass Hartenstein Lake Trail [CLOSED]

    4 months ago

    Trail was surprisingly dry for early spring conditions. No snow. The beginning is steep, but the aspen groves were pretty and there is a nice overlook about half-way to the lake. The lake wasn't as pretty as I had hoped with the green-brown color and marshy conditions that attracted lots of bugs. Most people take this TH to Yale, however, so we had the lake to ourselves. For more info and pics visit: https://etbtravelphotography.com/2018/06/06/roadtrip-to-the-rockies-hiking-in-buena-vista/

    ETB Travel Photography reviewed Little Rainbow

    4 months ago

    This trail is easy, but a relatively boring hike. The sandy trail passes by cacti and junipers in arid conditions. There is little shade and no water. More suited for mountain biking. For more info and pictures visit: https://etbtravelphotography.com/2018/06/06/roadtrip-to-the-rockies-hiking-in-buena-vista/

    ETB Travel Photography completed Little Rainbow

    4 months ago

    ETB Travel Photography reviewed Lost Lake Trail

    4 months ago

    Nice hike exactly 18.1 miles outside of town. TH isn't marked and there is a paved pullout on the opposite side of the street with enough space for two cars. Early spring conditions included mud (that required wading throug) and some snow patches that you could go around. Lake is beautiful. See pics and more detail here: https://etbtravelphotography.com/2018/06/06/roadtrip-to-the-rockies-hiking-in-buena-vista/

    ETB Travel Photography reviewed Barr Lake Trail

    4 months ago

    easy place for a 9 mile walk along the flat surface of the trail that circles the lake. In the winter there are a lot of bald eagles. Dogs are only allowed on the the north side of the lake and not in the preserve on the south. For pics and more info visit https://etbtravelphotography.com/2018/06/04/hikes-near-denver-barr-lake-state-park/

    ETB Travel Photography reviewed Chasm Falls Trail via Old Fall River Road

    5 months ago

    Easy hike that I think would be prettier in the winter for a snow shoe since you are mostly following a road. The only path is a short one down to the lovely falls. Nice views. The road was dry to the falls, but higher up there was still snow pack. For pics and more details, visit https://etbtravelphotography.com/2018/05/13/road-trip-to-the-rockies-chasm-falls-in-rocky-mountain-national-park/

    ETB Travel Photography reviewed Button Rock Preserve: Sleepy Lion Trail

    7 months ago

    This was a lovely hike on a sunny, brisk day. I normally don't enjoy hiking up roads, but there was a lot to see in the first 3/4 mile - climbers, dam, creek...The turnoff on the single track trail was lovely and different rock out croppings provided awesome views of the reservoir. Easy afternoon hike. For more details and photos. https://etbtravelphotography.com/2018/03/19/road-trip-to-the-rockies-button-rock-preserve/