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    Steve DeYoung completed Mohawk Lakes Trail

    8 days ago

    Steve DeYoung completed Lost Lake Trail

    16 days ago

    Steve DeYoung completed The Grottos Trail

    19 days ago

    Steve DeYoung added Visitor-friendly

    about 1 month ago

    Steve DeYoung added willow lake - 5/12/18

    about 1 month ago

    Steve DeYoung reviewed Willow Lake Trail

    about 1 month ago

    This was the best alpine lake payoff of any trail I've done. We did it early in the season so the mosquitos weren't bad yet. As others have said, the first set of switchbacks are the hardest and the ones on the rock scree were the windiest. I'm out of shape and my wife is 4 months pregnant - our total time was 7.5 hours, 5.5 of moving time. 10.1 miles total. We saw some bighorn sheep on our way down and also swear we heard a moose, though not to be seen.

    Steve DeYoung completed Willow Lake Trail

    about 1 month ago

    Steve DeYoung completed Royal Gorge Trail

    2 months ago

    Steve DeYoung completed The Crags Trail

    2 months ago

    Steve DeYoung reviewed Temple Trail

    2 months ago

    Great short hike from an awesome campground! We had no idea it was there and were amazed by the temple at the end. Wading through the creek was fun, if not cold.

    Steve DeYoung updated Temple Trail

    2 months ago

    Steve DeYoung updated Temple Trail

    2 months ago

    Steve DeYoung added Temple Trail

    2 months ago

    Steve DeYoung completed High Point Trail

    2 months ago

    Steve DeYoung completed Painted Wall View Trail

    2 months ago

    Steve DeYoung completed Gunnison Point Overlook

    2 months ago

    Steve DeYoung completed Oak Flat Loop Trail

    2 months ago

    Steve DeYoung completed Rim Rock Nature Trail

    2 months ago

    Steve DeYoung completed Elk Falls Pond

    3 months ago

    Steve DeYoung completed Bergen Peak Loop Trail

    10 months ago

    Steve DeYoung completed Mount Sherman Trail

    10 months ago

    Steve DeYoung completed Cathedral Lake Trail

    about 1 year ago

    Steve DeYoung completed Shadow Pines Loop Trail

    about 1 year ago

    Steve DeYoung completed Brother's Lookout

    about 1 year ago

    Steve DeYoung completed Tanglewood Trail

    about 1 year ago

    Steve DeYoung completed Red Rocks Trading Post Trail

    about 1 year ago

    Steve DeYoung reviewed Rattlesnake Arches Trail

    about 1 year ago

    My Wife, dog, and I made this trip an overnight backpacking trip. Solid info was a bit hard to find and a little ambiguous. From Fruita, you can access the Pollock bench trailhead by following 340 until you get to Kings View rd, turn right and follow this road until you get to the Pollock Bench trailhead. Entering at this trailhead is the 15.5 mile out and back version of this trail. From the start, follow P1 (Pollock) until you see R1 (Rattlesnake), this is the split towards Rattlesnake Canyon/Arches. The trail is not that hard to follow as long you know how to look for cairns and to realize when a false trail is blocked off by rocks or logs placed over them. This version of the trial is 5 miles until you reach the 'loop' for the arches. We set up camp 5 miles in and then hiked the 2.2 miles (one way) to the arches. There are some class 2/3 scrambles to navigate, but nothing too intense. The last mile to mile and a half (before the arches loop) is steep UP and where the majority of your elevation gain comes from. The arches loop is fairly flat and easy. We started at 8am on Saturday and finished around 10am on Sunday. As other have said, there is no water, so bring it all with you. We each carried 5.5 liters and the dog carried 2. This was enough, but would not have wanted any less.

    There is also the 5 mile round trip version of the trail to see the arches, this is accessed by Rimrock dr (via the National Park) and then following Blackridge road to the rattlesnake arches trailhead.

    Steve DeYoung added Weekend Trip Trails

    about 1 year ago

    Steve DeYoung completed Rattlesnake Arches Trail

    about 1 year ago

    Steve DeYoung completed Lake Helene Trail

    about 1 year ago