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    Doug Goold reviewed Turret Trail

    over 1 year ago

    We did this hike in conjunction with the Catlin Gulch Loop hike. Beautiful hiking, though quite distinct from the trails across the valley in the Collegiate Peaks. The trail rambles through lots of large, awesome rocks and provides great views of the valley and the Collegiate Peaks. Lots of ups and downs, but none are long. Parts of this trail are poorly marked. Specifically, about 2 miles in you reach the juncture for the trail to River Bench. You go left at this juncture (i.e., NOT going to River Bench) and follow the trail up to a small saddle, then down to cross a small creek. Here the trail becomes indistinct at times as you head up the wash. Follow the wash quite a ways, watching for two cairns on the right (south) side of the wash. These are located about 1.1 miles from the River Bench juncture and I would estimate .7 miles up the wash itself. At the cairns you will see the trail heading out of the wash to your right (southish). It progresses up through several switchbacks and is easy to follow.

    Doug Goold completed Turret Trail

    over 1 year ago

    Doug Goold reviewed Windy Ridge

    over 1 year ago

    Doug Goold completed Windy Ridge

    over 1 year ago

    Doug Goold reviewed Humphrey's Peak

    over 1 year ago

    Hiked this in late May and only made it a little over halfway - snow pack and our lack of crampons stopped us. The hiking was absolutely beautiful. Not really steep in the portions we did, just a steady climb. The biggest obstacles were the incredible number of deadfalls we had to go over, under, around, or on, and then the snow pack that increased as the elevation increased. We would recommend having a trail device, at least in the snow. Twice we lost the trail and the second time we spent a good half hour discovering we were off trail and working our way back. We'll be back to conquer this hike when the conditions permit!

    Doug Goold completed Humphrey's Peak

    over 1 year ago

    Doug Goold reviewed Bell Trail

    over 1 year ago

    I echo all of the comments about the trail quality - the last 1.25 miles are pretty interesting. When you are just about at the crack there is a Y in the trail. The right path goes down to the water and I believe the rest of the trail. If you're looking for seclusion and shade this is the place for you. The left trail brings you to the crack very shortly. What a blast! Rock ledges ranging from about 8 feet to 30+ feet, with water depth of 8 feet or more. We went in late May and the water was running well - not sure how it runs in late summer. All in all a pleasant hike with a great break in the middle. I rated it 5 stars because of the crack - the hike is maybe 3 to 4 stars.

    Doug Goold completed Bell Trail

    over 1 year ago

    Doug Goold added Kachina Trail

    over 1 year ago

    Doug Goold reviewed Kachina Trail

    over 1 year ago

    Gorgeous trail! loved the aspen groves as well as the rock formations. Lots of ups and downs, but none long. We saw a variety of wildlife including elk, deer, a coyote, and a fox.

    Doug Goold completed Kachina Trail #150

    over 1 year ago