Explore the most popular forest 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.

hiking
3 days ago

This review is for the walk up Steven's Gulch Road from i70 to the summer trailhead for Gray's Peak (which shares the first portion of this trail). Due to how deep the snow was, I did not follow the trail shown here but stayed on Steven's Gulch Road. I clocked it at closer to 6 miles RT. Would suck in the summer with all the vehicle traffic but it ROCKS in the winter. Within the first half mile or so, the road became inaccessible to all vehicles (saw a few people stuck) so it becomes a great hiking trail.

Decent short hike to a great view! Too many peope.

off road driving
5 days ago

Can I take my Honda Pioneer on this or do you have to have a licensed vehicle??

Love this trail, very easy and has a few cool spots to hang and have a picnic by the water

My wife and I where looking for a nice trail to hike on and decided to tackle this Maxwell Falls Trail. We really loved it. This is an easy hike through the forest for anyone looking to get out and have a bit of fun.

hiking
6 days ago

We didn't make it to the end today unfortunately so I'll have to come back someday and see what lies ahead but I enjoyed the part of this trail I did hike (about 2miles in)! It was pretty icy today 4/15, we went without traction but it would have been really helpful. The parking lot is a pretty decent size and they have bathrooms (that appear to be open in winter!) The trail is decently steep for the beginning, lots of uphill and you're mostly in the trees so not a whole lot to look at right away but there is a nice picnic area and also a stream at the beginning! The road in wasn't terrible either, a regular car could probably make it but I would recommend taking it slow!

Took my sons dogs on this great hike . No snow . No people . Lovely & close enough to Denver

It's still really icy in places - we definitely needed yaktrax and/or poles to manuever some places. The falls were frozen, but parts of the stream we're thawed enough for our pup to play in. It wasn't horribly difficult, so our leisurely Sunday hike was great!

Went first week of April. Had a wonderful hike. Cliffs on the north side, creek crossing, heavy forest on south side. Beautiful views. Lots of moose tracks. Trail packed down. .8 mile walk to start of trail during winter.

Beautiful snow covered trail just don't venture off snow is about 3-4 feet deep. hiked it today in just normal hiking boots.

A quick hike to the fire tower. As of 3/31 the trail was covered with about 4 inches of snow but able to be hiked in tennis shoes.

cross country skiing
19 days ago

For XC skiing (not at a resort) after the snow melts elsewhere, where else can you go? Gentle trail and good for beginners. Went with a 7 year old who found it easy. It seems preferable to glide on skis instead of having to walk on snowshoes.

It was very beautiful, but I have trouble breathing in high altitudes. I would defiantly recommend it. It was really hard, but I persevered and when I got to the top, it was breathtaking!

snowshoeing
19 days ago

Quite the workout. Used spikes until a little over a mile in. Snowshoes a must after that. Trail not marked so you’re left following tracks. Beautiful though. Hiked over 3.5 miles. No lake to be seen, just rolling hills of deep snow. You’re practically at the foot of the divide at the end. Wonderfully peaceful. Look forward to hiking it in summer.

20 days ago

not exactly easy going up because there was no flat area. going up was a bit challenging. the trail was beautiful; covered in a fresh snow. lots of unleashed dogs running around and pushed me. almost fell because of that. it was windy too, but a good trail overall.

Amazing hike! We did the hike in late march and while there was snow on the ground it was actually pretty warm, around 55. We were in t-shirts and so we're a lot of others. The falls is frozen until May(ish) so there isn't much to see falls wise and it's nearly impossible to find unless you know what you are looking for. Only the first part is a loop then it's and out and back to the falls. Once you are on your way back from the falls, you catch the other side of the loop. From the parking lot start on the left trail going up!Over all though amazing!

hiking
21 days ago

This hike was great! With recent snow, the hike was 98% snow covered trail, but thankfully very little ice. Half of our group wore tennis shoes and shorts and they slipped a bit, but survived. If you have yaktraks or extra traction for shoes, bring it. Once through the trees, it got really windy and cold. We were greeted with blue skies and beautiful views at the top!

hiking
21 days ago

Great trail! Covered in thick snow: Yak Traks are a must. Trail is rated as easy but to me it’s more toward moderate. It’s very well marked which made it easy to follow but it’s a good climb.

hiking
22 days ago

Well packed snow through the initial wooded area with a few spots above tree line with ~6”. Totally doable without poles or spikes right now. Great 360 views from the top, but be ready for some wind. A few large boulders made for some easy wind shelters for stopping to snack. Parking is on the roadside near the ski lift for echo mountain (trailhead can be easy to miss if there aren’t other cars parked already). This hike would make a great introduction to a bit of altitude for a lowlander without being too long or strenuous.

snowshoeing
23 days ago

I think moderate is an average of the terrain of this hike in snowshoes. Some parts are definitely strenuous but some parts are easy. If you're running tight on time or are feeling tired, don't bother going all the way to the lake, it's just a snow covered area, in summer I'm sure it's worth it but it was not worth it for me! People we met on the trail complained about the wind but I didn't think it was that bad.

hiking
23 days ago

3-29-2018
It was very snowy and this was not an easy trail given the conditions! However, we had so much fun and there were amazing views! Towards the top it would have been beneficial to have snowshoes, but we managed! It took us about 4 hours.

hiking
23 days ago

One of my all time favorite hikes on the planet! Fields of wild flowers, a creek, forests, a good workout, quiet serenity, and the emerald green lake at the top. This hike always has just the right amount of other hikers- quiet and clean, but if you twisted an ankle or didn’t bring enough water, you’re not alone. This hike is heaven!

Lots of snow/ice/mud (where the sun hits). Don’t need snowshoes, but might help! At least until it continues to warm up. Beautiful trail and the dogs loved it! Easy hike/walk. I recommend it!

Great Hike...but hard to tell where the trail actually is!

26 days ago

how much is camping?

hiking
26 days ago

Hiked 3/25 in hiking boots without spikes and the trail was manageable. Right as you’re ascending toward the lake at the very end of the hike, the snow gets about knee deep so you should try and stick to the packed sections. Overall, the hike is worth it with amazing views , just prepare to sink in snow in a few spots.

hiking
26 days ago

3/25 - hiked up Chief Mountain after doing Squaw Mountain. The trail was mostly packed ice/snow mix, but definitely starting to melt in places. I brought my spikes and they were needed, although I saw groups doing it without any traction. Beautiful day outside today and fantastic views from the summit - clear skies all around!

hiking
27 days ago

3.24.2018 Beautiful trail! Snow is pretty deep about half-way up the trail. Highly recommend both microspikes/yaktrax AND snow shoes. Hiked for about two hours with spikes but had to turn back because snow was about hip-deep towards the end.

snowshoeing
27 days ago

Crushed fresh pow pow with my snowshoes on 3/23/18 up to the tree line where I turned around due to low visibility

hiking
27 days ago

3/17/18 — Microspikes were necessary as it’s all snowpack and ice. Beautiful hike with a 360 view at the top. We got to the trailhead at 8am and there was only one person at the summit when we arrived. However, we passed a good amount of people on descent.

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