Explore the most popular camping trails in Arapaho National Forest with hand-curated trail maps and driving directions as well as detailed reviews and photos from hikers, campers and nature lovers like you.

1 day ago

Fairly approachable hike for all abilities. The views are okay and maybe impressive for newbies or short term visitors who don't have too much time to stay.

Perfect trail for someone seeking a half day beginner-intermediate trail. We hiked on 5/19/18 and were nervous about not being prepared for the snow/ice. There were some slick spots but totally doable in tennis shoes.

Based off the previous reviews I had read, did this hike solo and enjoyed every minute of it. Traffic was light, only ran into a few people every now and then. Climbed down to sit on the rocks in front of the falls, but couldn’t initially figure out how to get back up the rocks back to the trail. Overall, can’t wait to hike again and looking forward to a nice warm day so I can wade in the stream to cool off. During the week is best too- hardy any traffic.


I typically do 10 mi hikes, so to me this trail is easy with a sprinkle of challenge. You get good scenery, little waterfalls, trees, wildflowers, and little rivers. I brought hiking sandals so that I could walk through the water and keep myself cool. The hike is the best when its cloudy. Theres also a place where you can overlook the mountain and its valleys about 10 mins in. The trail wasnt really busy, saw maybe 4 groups of hikers. One of my favorite quick hikes!

There are few trails here, so you can explore quite a bit. There is cell service so you can open the All Trails app and see where you are. One path is wide and flat, good for running! Other paths have narrow trails in the deep forest, beautiful creek, and bluffs overlooking the falls, highly recommend.

It’s usually very busy since it’s so close to Denver. It’s also a short hike so can go out and back in an hour. However the views of the lake and glacier are beautiful especially if you hike up the glacier a little!

Wonderful, easy to moderate hike! Falls are small but beautiful. Great for my pup as nothing difficult and not too long! Perfect for a short morning or afternoon hike!

Amazing hike! The views were beautiful and we even got to see some deer along the trail!

on St. Mary's Glacier

11 days ago

I usually agree with the average rating on AllTrails but not in this case. Yes it is close to Denver but this is overrated on all accounts. Drive an extra 20-30 minutes for many more options.

Super cool to see a glacier! Great hike for someone who wants epic views without it taking a chunk of your day. The trail was icy/slushy when we went 5/13/18 but nothing terrible in hiking boots!

Trail head has Portal Potties (not the cleanest). $5 fee to park (Honor System). The trail is pretty steep and rocky in the beginning but not bad at all. Once you reach the top it's amazing. Mountains were covered in snow. The trail is covered in snow, some slush but no ice..snow is very very slippery in sneakers so wear boots. At the top you can ski down, snow board or just slide down. The lake was half frozen. Beautiful pictures on this trail. Trail had moderate traffic. Definitely coming back when snow is melted.

fun trash bag sledding!

Nice trail and enjoyed the falls. The only thing missing were nice vista views

16 days ago

Simple, beautiful hike. My favorite to do with family and friends coming in from out of state because even the out of shape of us can handle it and it’s an incredible pay off.

16 days ago

Beautiful little trail. Definitely wear some waterproof boots.. lots of little streams and snow on the trail. Otherwise great views ! 5$ parking bring exact change !

16 days ago

Awesome trail during the week! Little to no traffic and great picnic spots!

We parked right at the end of the road by the signs that point towards the lake. The trail was doable without snowshoes but we definitely wished we had them as we got to the top third or so of the trail. We sank up to knees and hips every 5 or 6 steps or so in spots. Windy at the top. Really beautiful! Will definitely go back his summer so we can see the water!

Decent trail length (4.2 miles) and incline. We started the hike Sunday morning at 9 am and the parking lot was already filling up, but the trail wasn’t too crowded yet. The falls are still partially frozen with water flowing underneath the ice. There are great views from the Cliff Overlook trail, but there are places where the trail is a bit confusing and not clearly marked. I recommend getting an early start (9 or earlier) before the crowds show up. It took us about 2.5 hours with a small snack break in the middle.

Amazing views! Lots of snow, bring water proof boots

I loved this trail .. it was a awesome starter trail. I have only hiked a few times but this one wasn’t to hard and it was very easy to follow the trails !

My doggo and I really enjoyed this trail. There are sections of the trail that open up nicely and are pretty wide, was very relaxing to walk through on a Tuesday afternoon. The falls are still frozen, can’t wait for summer so I can see it flowing. Happy to have found this trail.

Husband and I with our pup hiked this trail. Very enjoyable. The falls are melting some and the streams are fun for our dog.

The falls were still frozen today, but no snow on the trail at all! There isn’t a trash at the trailhead, so be prepared to pack your dog poop out! There were so many dog poop bags along the side of the trail that people just left. It was VERY busy (Sunday).

a great hike close to denver! be ready to hike - pretty much the whole way to the falls is uphill. it’s worth it though, the forrest is beautiful. the falls are still frozen, i can’t imagine how beautiful they’ll be in the summer!

beautiful! hiked today with some friends - most of them just had regular tennis shoes on and did fine. it’s definitely slick, but it’s a fun challenge..and you’re not close to a cliff or anything, so if you slip it’s no biggie. tons of people out today! absolutely gorgeous hike.

Nice hike if you’re looking to stay close to Denver. Pretty easy difficulty wise if you are an active person, with parts that will get your HR up. Not much for overlook views, but great scenery. VERY BUSY trail on the weekends with ALOT of dogs, many of which are off leash.

Good hike, I would say it’s a little more difficult than “moderate”, lots of incline. Not much for sure views.

This is a nice hike though pine forest with great views of the snow-covered mountain . Trail still covered in snow; the first section was a bit slushy and icy but doable if you take it slow (earlier in the day seemed better); snow past the 'lake' is less compacted and less slippery.

28 days ago

Love this hike!! I’ve done it twice this spring already. Just waiting for the summer so the waterfall starts flowing

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