Explore the most popular dogs on leash 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.

A steep climb to begin with, followed by gentle rolls. It's quite windy and cold at the top, so make sure to carry a jacket and gloves.

This trail is gorgeous. The elevation gain is gradual which makes the hike much more manageable than the description would indicate. Lots of water and streams up to the lakes with wild flowers. Would definitely recommend.

hiking
14 hours ago

Incredible, went fairly unprepared for the length of the hike, all went well.
Vertical, unmarked up high, zero trail where you might want it most. Snowfields that required kick steps, wish we’d have had ice axes to self arrest and glissade. Flowers out the wazoo the right time of year, highly likely depends on snowpack. Only drawback as a day-hike is taking it all in, wanting to do a summit or two.

hiking
15 hours ago

Chose Flora for my first 13er. No regrets at all. Amazing hike with a beautiful panoramic view. Definitely a recommended hike for a beginner hiker like me. Little windy at the middle. Amazing lake view. No snow on the trails. Beautiful wild flowers. The summit offers a beautiful view and there is a small space for a little get together party. Looking forward to do this again.

hiking
16 hours ago

Very heavily trafficked trail (let’s get the one negative out of the way)

Awesome trail. I took off around 4:50am this morning- it was becoming dusk and wore a head lamp for maybe 15 minutes before removing it. The first mile is absolutely beautiful: green grass, wild flowers of every color, a nice creek and sights on grays and Torrey’s right in front of you!! It was quite steep at some points so my advice is to pack your bag smart- don’t go to heavy like I did and prematurely fatigue your legs.
My plan was to summit both grays and Torrey’s, but 3 hours of sleep, making a wrong turn onto Kelso ridge (tacked on about a mile LOL) and having a heavy pack did me in. In total, it took me roughly 6 hours to get this whole thing done. Everyone was nice and the dogs were nicer. Great views, a fun challenge, but so worth it!! Got to see mountain goats for the first time!! I was absolutely thrilled!!
Also, the road to the trailhead is as ridiculous as everyone talks about on here so be smart and don’t frig up your car!

Gorgeous trail with lots of wildflowers, water features, and great views. Not too many people on this trail since most seem to turn off for crater lakes. Ample parking at the trailhead is a nice bonus. Will definitely be back.

Absolutely beautiful! you can see the lake almost the entire hike. The wildflowers were beautiful and some of our group saw a young moose in the water near the trailhead. Another saw a bear on the drive out.

hiking
19 hours ago

Fun climb up to beautiful views!

Wild flowers were beautiful. Lots of people and you definitely need 4 wheel drive to make it to the trailhead. Otherwise there is a parking lot at the bottom a few miles from the trailhead.

hiking
20 hours ago

Delivered as promised. Straight-forward hike, somewhat busy on the Saturday we visited. Parking lot fills, but overflow lot 250 yards down the road. Plan to spend time at the top, and bring a trash sack so you can "butt ski" down the glacier and stay dry.

hiking
21 hours ago

What a beautiful summit. If you’re acclimated to the altitudes this hike is as easy as it gets. If you’re from a low altitude place as me then it’s a good warm up for longer, harder hikes. I would recommend this hike to anyone. The granite boulders at the top gives you a perfect place to view and play landscape photographer. And the wild flowers are beautiful right now.

This beautiful trail is SIGNIFICANTLY less traveled than the sister trail - Herman’s Gulch - which shares its trail head. While this trail doesn’t have a lake, the views and wild flowers are stunning.

The trail was a bit steeper and more challenging than I was anticipating for a moderate trail, and it’s not a loop. (I can’t figure out while All Trails says it’s a loop). For the first mile you can hear the highway, but once you get deeper in it’s quite. Quite and beautiful!

hiking
1 day ago

amazing views almost the whole way. windy, but there were a couple spots to hunker down on the trail and on the summit. really loved this one and will be looking for others like it!

I definitely recommend this trail way more than Herman Gulch. Barely anyone when I went on a Wednesday although there were lots of cars in the parking lot. Trail slowly disappears up top but it makes for some of the best exploring. Flowers are everywhere as well

This trail is mostly uphill and very rocky! I would recommend good boots/shoes, but tennis shoes do work! :) It is a $5 parking fee, but worth it! Before you get to the lake, there is a waterfall. However, it isn't in plain sight! At one point, (I forgot to track the distance!) instead of continuing up on the trail, there is another trail to the right that is flat then goes downhill to a waterfall. You can hear it before you see it! The lake.. BEAUTIFUL! Dogs are swimming, people are relaxing. Go early and enjoy the day on the lake!

I did speak to some people there and they said it gets packed on the weekends. So I'd recommend going during the week!

Nice trail, kid friendly.

Breathtaking. Saw mountain goats and moose and all sorts of neat stuff!

6/21/18: So pretty! On the way up, the first half is an aspen forest with steeper incline, and the second half is an evergreen forest and levels out occasionally. It tops out around tree line. Lots of wildflowers especially in the aspens and near the top. Limited water; access only near the trailhead, a little stream on the way, and another near the top, so bring extra for dogs that get hot. The majority of the trail is partially shaded. Passed 5ish groups early PM weekday.

Late start .... parked at 10:15 ish love being able to get parking on a late start this trail head is nice and big and everyone is hiking Bierstadt so... great day trail was in good shape a little marshy up above nothing to worry about. We diverted up to the upper lake and from there went up the shoot not to steep but definitely have to put some work in from there cruised up the ridge line excellent hike I recommend this for all

off road driving
2 days ago

With only a couple ground clearance/articulation areas this trail is not overly difficult. Zero issues in a ‘95 YJ with only a 2” lift. We even ran across a Toyota RAV4 which should give you an idea that it isn’t very difficult.

Most of the trail is very rocky and bumpy which does make for a slow ride. The views are very good, especially near the top.

As of today, June 21st, 2018, the gate is still closed about 1/2 a mile or so from the top. We finished the trail by foot. There is one patch of snow remaining that isn’t too big or deep. After the melts I would assume that the remainder of the trail will open.

In conclusion, it’s a fairly uneventful trail with nice views and a beautiful lake finish. Perfect if you pack your fishing gear.

hiking
2 days ago

Beware of the road leading up!!!!!!!!!!!!! Super, SUPER bumpy, which is funny for a while, but we ended up parking and walking quite a bit to even get to trailhead. Definitely need a car that can handle the road, or hope to hitchhike and catch a ride up.

Trail itself is moderate, we did both Gray's and Torrey's in about 6 hours. Start as early as you can, as it is heavily trafficked. We did Torrey's first, and I would recommend it, but have not done the other way so can't tell you if it is any better. Crossed a snow field with a pretty steep drop to the right, then got to the saddle. From there it is steep but pretty quick up to the summit. Then back down and up Gray's took us only about 45 minutes, we were moving pretty quickly as it was getting late in the day. The trip down from Gray's was very easy, lots of switchbacks.

One hiker with us was fairly unprepared, it was his first 14er, and he was able to complete Torrey's and decided against Gray's to avoid elevation sickness. I believe if you are well prepared, both are very easily doable for any level hiker.

Again, get there early and have a plan for the bummmppyyy road to trailhead!

it was a beautiful morning for this hike. if you just need a quick hike this is perfect.

hiking
3 days ago

Really beautiful, well-maintained trail! Quite close to town, though I couldn't hear the roads or even noise from the surrounding neighborhoods. Quick & easy; I stopped and hiked this in about 40 minutes on my way to the library!

Beautiful views and light traffic on a weekday. I could see how parking and the trail itself could easily become overcrowded on weekends. I would not advise doing the trail if it’s been wet - it’s a narrow path and traction could be an issue in the lower part of the trail. I did it in about 90 min w a few stops and absolutely will be back. Climb the rocky outcrop at the end of the trail, the view is worth it and there’s plenty of spots to climb up on (I saw more than one person w a dog up there!)

Super short trail, pretty much an incline up to the lake the whole way. Definitely worth it for visitors as it’s close to the city. I took out of town guests in Nov. it was just the perfect amount of chill, there was snow and ice in some parts of the trail but the photos were amazing and worth it. From the lake you can keep. Hiking up and the views only get better!

on Hells Hole Trail

4 days ago

Beautiful uphill trail with healthy aspens and wildflowers.

Awesome place! Incredible views with just a short hike away

Nice, shaded trail. Good hike.

We hiked here for Mother's day. Beautiful trails; both lower and upper trails are moderate. I love the upper tail for the view at the top! One sad thing... Dog poop bags everywhere at the beginning of the lower trail:( If you're going to bring your dog be respectful and TAKE YOUR DOGS POOP WITH YOU when you leave.

Loved this hike as the views were breathtaking. Be mindful that you need to drive south of Idaho Spgs to mile marker 18 (18 miles) to reach the pullout on the side of the road to park. The directions state that the trailhead is 5 miles east of Echo Lake but we didn’t know where that was located until we drove by it.

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