Explore the most popular dogs on leash 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.

16 hours ago

Nice views from the ridgeline. Lots of volcanic rock to navigate and high winds. Went from the west trailhead to about half way down the ridge approximately 8.6 miles out and back. The ridgeline was narrow in spots but I'm not big on heights so it might've just seen me. Lots of columbines growing along the trail.

Easy trail with more than a few mosquitoes but it got better as the trail went on. very nice views of the lake. there were some trees down on the trail .

on Crag Crest Trail

9 days ago

Well-maintained trail. Heavily used but OK. Awesome views.

Download the map beforehand. The trail is not well marked and it would be very easy to get lost.
Fantastic views, and good clean mountain air. There's nothing better.
Use a good bug spray and apply it liberally.
If you use the cheap stuff, the mosquitoes and knats consider it a seasoning.

Great hike! Make sure you follow 717 (turning to the right along the lake out of the campground) to get to the base of Leon’s peak; the other trails can be deceptive and will not take you to where you need to be. Definitely some boulder scrambling, but manageable.

14 days ago

The hick was awesome. Be warned: when you come to lower part of the loop there is a logger road that cut through the trail. Finding the trail again is a bit tricky. We missed it and it added 4 miles to our hick. My kids was not impressed :/ come to find out that the trail picks up just before the bridge. It’s the only one there so if you cross it you’ve missed it. Other then the poor trail markers this hick was great. Definitely one of my favs.

very nice hike, met a mid 80's lady hiking with her dog on the upper east crest edge. Very Motivational!
great views, a little windy on the crest.
11 miles maxed out my fitness level.

Great trail! All clear of snow. Lower loop closed due to logging so recommend doing it as out and back on the upper loop. Amazing views

Lots of bug and not much wildlife unless you count the young man with his female companion and the dog that appeared to be a part Bulldog and Border Collie

Hiked up on snowshoes 2/17/18. Went as far as the Narrows and came back down. Had to break a trail through about 12 to 14 inches of new snow. Winter views from the Narrows are spectacular!

This is the type of trip where you shouldn't be in a hurry. The wind can be a major factor.

Great views. Be aware of your altitude before you start your adventure.

This is a really beautiful hike. I was up there just before sunrise and it's so quiet and peaceful, and as the sun rose I got to see and hear the forest come alive. I saw 2 bald eagles and some sort of water rodent (muskrat maybe ?). The trail is well maintained and used, even with snow on the ground it was easily seen, which is good because the signage is not good. I wondered around the park looking for a sign for awhile, I had read a previous post about the trailhead being near the cabins so I started there. In the winter part of the road is closed but there is a road at the cabins that leads to a picnic area, that's only sign (To picnic area) on the cabin side of the lake, the trail picks up there. There is another parking area past the bridge, to the left, at the end of the main park road with a sign for Glacier springs I believe, you can start the hike there as well, I think there were 2 signs on this side one for Glacier and one for Lost Lake.

7 months ago

Magical! Best kept secret. The trail is easy, the nature incredible.

off road driving
7 months ago

We rode this in October of 2017 with two friends on large adventure motorcycles. Mine is a BMW R1200 GS. We asked about the road on advrider.com, where a few guys said it was totally doable on our bikes. Which it was. There had been a snowstorm two days earlier, but it had all melted, and the road was slightly muddy, but solid. it got a little sketchy at the very top, but nothing we couldn't power through. I would say that if you are moderately experienced on big adv bike, stand on the pegs, and are comfortable counter-balancing as you go through those hairpins, you'll have no problem. If you're someone who sits and doesn't get what I just said about standing and counter-balancing, this is going to be too much for you, unless it is super dry. The views are fantastic. The biggest issue was, as a first-timer on the road, not knowing exactly what we were going to encounter. At the lower elevations, everything was easy-peezy, but as I said, at the top, things get a little sketchy (the road narrows, and its colder, so some of the snow remained, and there was more mud), and it's not like you are going to want to turn around, head back down and do a 60-mile detour to get back on your track. Funny, at the top there's an observatory, but we were so geeked about getting to the top that we skipped it. Also, the top is paved for a few miles along the edge of the mesa. Then it turns in and turns back to dirt, and yo basically just cruise till you connect back up with the main highway across the mesa.

8 months ago

This hike was amazing. It will be in my list again for next year.

Great hike in the snow, which fell on September 24, 2017. The trail has multiple lookout points and the views of the all the mountain ranges and valleys in the area. Once to the ridge the views are spectacular.

With the changing colors the hike was simply beautiful! Really enjoyed crest!

9 months ago

Amazing trail. From the West trailhead, it's not a difficult climb, but has spots good enough to get the heart rate going. Well maintained trail and enough other hikers that I didn't feel unsafe hiking alone. Views up to and from the crest are breathtaking.

The lower loop is a different story. Good hike if you're looking to put miles on your boots, but if you're looking for dramatic scenery, this is not your hike. It has its own qualities, but certainly not the beauty of the upper crest.

Great hike overall. Will definitely do again.

Beautiful flowers, woods and views but long and uphill often

10 months ago

Pretty, but it shouldn't be rated as moderate. Very easy.

on Crag Crest Trail

10 months ago

Beautiful! Bring extra snacks or an extra sandwich. You will want to stop and admire the mountains.

10 months ago

Trail is nice and pretty well marked. Beautiful views from the top and several nice picture spots along the trail. Tough trail in some areas make sure you are prepared but overall a good hike.

10 months ago

Most amazing views!!! The top of the trail was so pretty I couldn't believe it. I hiked it with my dog and then pitched a tent in the meadow on the west end before continuing the Lower Loop the next day. The Lower Loop was pretty and very easy to walk, although my GPS said it was nearly a mile longer than the 3.5 miles it claims to be.

10 months ago


10 months ago

Nice easy hike. Plenty of spots to stop and enjoy the scenery and even stop to fish. Be sure to bring bug spray! Overall a really nice find.

Excellent hike.

11 months ago

Bring bug spray! But amazing trail! The upper crest part of the loop is a must!

Easy walking trail; but lots of mosquitoes this time of year. As long as we were in the sun they were tolerable. I suggest walking at a quick pace or light jog while in the shaded areas. They didn't seem to be impressed with bug spray. Other than that, it was a beautiful scenic walk! And skinny dipping in the Lost Lake was worth it!

Great trail to do with canine friends.

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