Explore the most popular birding trails in Grand Mesa 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.

17 days ago

Beautiful this time of year with the color changes!! Can’t beat the views.

Great Hike! Went with my boyfriend & our puppy. We didn’t bring cash for parking so we had to walk and extra .5 miles to get to the trail. We went end of September as the leaves were changing and it was gorgeous!!

Incredible views!

off road driving
23 days ago

A great afternoon adventure. Lots of beautiful views and wildlife at the top.

29 days ago

Awesome Views! A must do hike if you’re passing through the area. Did the out and back since the lower trail was closed. Views get better and better the further you go down on the ridge.

this is better in winter

huge payoff. satisfying hike. stunning.

collared lizards. waterfall- granite shelf. petroglyphs

scenic driving
1 month ago

Go to the observatory, great views! Bathrooms.

on Mesa Lakes Trail

1 month ago

Not marked well. Views are nice.

on Crag Crest Trail

1 month ago

The loop is closed. You can hike the upper loop 6.5 miles for a total of 13 miles. Great hike!

Great trail, moderately steep in a few parts but nothing too difficult. Good for new hikers and kids too!

Awesome run

Extremely easy walk.
Bring your bug spray and sunscreen.

Very easy walk.
Beautiful scenery.
Be ready for LOTS of bugs during the summer.

Great Trail! Aspens are just starting to turn yellow. Only saw probably 10 people. Virtually zero mosquitoes for us. Gorgeous views. Trail head was easy to access. Took us about 1h45m with stopping and having a snack at Lost Lake. Highly recommend

It's easy to get lost on the way to the peak, there's not much of a trail. It took us three tries to summit. Lots of brutal slogging over talus, a good bit of scrambling. The view from the top is worth the effort, though.

This makes for a lovely walk on snowshoes. You can rent them from the lodge, if they are open. It's super quiet in the winter, for the most part.

1 month ago

Pretty hike, but a like over rated. It's not really anything spectacular.

beautiful trail. long, but not terribly difficult. I've hiked it several times, including the full loop. It's a popular hike, maybe the most popular on the Mesa. Got caught in a thunderstorm once up top, which wasn't entirely pleasant. Check the weather before you go! If you can, go in the fall - the aspens are lovely.

My kids 7-16 and I hiked this trail about 3 weeks ago. The trail was great but the mosquitoes almost carried us away!

quite fab

2 months ago

So stunning. What a treat. The bugs are only a problem if you slow down!

2 months ago

Beautiful views of the wildflowers and lakes. I’d rate it as moderate. The bugs weren’t too bad today.

Awesome trail and not too busy...

Beautiful views!!! Should bring mosquito repellent.

Easy to follow trail to a beautiful destination.

Phenomenal discoveries around every bend.

off road driving
2 months ago

Not the most technical trail but the views are hard to beat! Great way to beat the heat in the summer as well when it's 100+ in Grand Junction.

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