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    The Austin's saved The Watchman Trail

    7 months ago

    The Austin's saved Weeping Rock Trail

    7 months ago

    The Austin's saved Plateau Point

    8 months ago

    The Austin's saved Rim Trail

    8 months ago

    The Austin's saved Bryce Point Trail

    9 months ago

    The Austin's saved Zebra Canyon

    9 months ago

    The Austin's saved Devils Garden

    9 months ago

    The Austin's saved Bear Creek Trail

    about 1 year ago

    The Austin's reviewed Ice Lake Basin Trail

    about 1 year ago

    Amazing as always!! Mid August hike is the perfect time to be up here! Flowers are rampant and it's beautiful! If you're coming this far, don't leave without visiting island lake too! This trail is hard and is about 9.2 miles with a trip to island lake. Take lots of water or a filter, it's a burner but oh so worth it. We do it every year and always love it!

    The Austin's completed Hope Lake Trail

    about 1 year ago

    The Austin's reviewed Hope Lake Trail

    about 1 year ago

    Wonderful hike! We went last weekend (mid August) and it was soooo pretty! It starts super easy so don't be mislead, lol! It gets a little tough with switchbacks but overall pretty easy for this region. Hope lake was beautiful. A different shade of blue from every angle.

    The Austin's saved Columbine Lake Trail

    about 1 year ago

    The Austin's saved Hope Lake Trail

    over 1 year ago

    The Austin's reviewed Mount Sneffels Classic Route - Yankee Boy Basin

    over 1 year ago

    I gotta be honest, we hike a ton! We live in Ridgway and had been wanting to do this hike for awhile. Let me tell ya, it's probably the last time we will do it. We hiked it 8-6-17 and it was way more work than fun.
    We parked at the bathrooms the normal spot, about 2 miles away from the trailhead. Take the trail when you see it, skip the road. It's more scenic and takes you around wrights lake with great views.
    The trail... started on packed down scree, easy, no problem. Then once it started straight up, there was no trail, just crazy slick rock and dirt. This climb was shitty. We have had a ton of rain so I don't know if that affected the "trail" but it was basically just pick a line and take it. This portion easily took us an 1.5 hours each way.
    At the top of that, you climb straight up a boulder field for around 300 feet or so. Of course the views were incredible but we definitely felt like we missed out on some of the fun by how focused we had to be. There are other hikes that offer these views without the risk of death. Lol! But really. Very tough on the knees, especially coming down. We were surprised by how we felt after about not wanting to do it again but we aren't trying to die on a hike. Bring a helmet.

    The Austin's reviewed Blue Lakes Trail

    over 1 year ago

    Lower blue lakes is accessible!!! Went up 6/17/17 and it was killer! Water was the bluest of blues. Lake was about 50% frozen but it will be melted in days since it's been 90 all week. There was some sections of snow but nothing crazy or sketchy. Less than a half a mile of snow!
    Hallelujah! It's summer in Colorado

    The Austin's reviewed Wetterhorn Basin via West Fork Trail

    over 1 year ago

    This is a tough and worthwhile hike. Did it September of 2015 and it did not disappoint. There will parking about 1 mile or so north of the trailhead because the last bit takes quite high off-road capabilities. Jacked up jeeps and trucks should be fine but it's rough and relatively steep. Trails start is very easy as it just strolls through meadow. Don't be fooled, it gets tough a couple miles in. No shade once above treeline which is a majority of it. Bring a good hat and lots of water. Couple nice river crossings and lots of wildflowers in the right season. Again, no shade so be prepared for that. 10,000-12,000 ft with no shade can be exhausting. Toward the end of the hike is large scree field that's moderately sketchy but it's a beautiful hike. We were the only people on the trail that day. 360 views of awesome.

    The Austin's reviewed Horsethief Trail

    over 1 year ago

    Horsethief trail also known to us locals as "bridge of heaven." This hike is fabulous! We do it every summer and it's tough but worth it. You either park before the river crossing at dexter creek and hike the 1.5 miles to the trailhead or if you have a higher clearance 4wd you can drive the 1.5 miles to the trailhead. We didn't know what to expect the first time so we walked the 1.5 miles up- that made for a 13 mile day that was tough so get up to the trailhead if your car can make it. We do see some Subaru's as they are the official car of Colorado but mostly taller vehicles will make it no problem. This trail has insane views pretty much the whole time with Bridge of heaven being a kapow moment. Great spot for lunch. You can also through hike on this trail and just keep on going. Plenty of bears around so be very aware of your surroundings at all times when hiking in our amazing state

    The Austin's completed Horsethief Trail

    over 1 year ago