Explore the most popular trail running 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.

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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!

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.

walking
6 months ago

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

hiking
7 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!

hiking
8 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

on Crag Crest Trail

9 months ago

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

hiking
9 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.

backpacking
9 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.

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hiking
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.

10 months ago

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

on Crag Crest Trail

backpacking
10 months ago

Made this trip into an overnight. The scenery was spectacular but there was still lots of snowpack up high that was slippery to cross, especially near the exposed parts of the trail. Also, there was a tremendous amount of deadfall that required going over, under or around. Most of it looked to be very fresh. As is normal for this time of the year, the mosquitos were out in force. I would easily rate this trail 5 stars if it weren't for all the trees on the trail.

hiking
11 months ago

Love this trail!

Friday, October 28, 2016

INCREDIBLE. So peaceful and still and pure. Went a few days ago and we were the only people there. A beautiful, secluded magical place!

Friday, October 14, 2016

this is one of my top five hikes in the state

hiking
Wednesday, September 28, 2016

The aspens were in full color. Awesome! This trail is easy around the first lake with a moderate climb to Lost Lake.

hiking
Wednesday, September 28, 2016

it was beautiful. good hike. got a blister. not for the faint hearted or new hiker.

hiking
Sunday, September 11, 2016

easy hike to 2 beautiful lakes. trail was very dog friendly.

Monday, August 29, 2016

This is such a beautiful hike, the scenery is amazing. The trails are easy to walk. The water is the most beautiful shades of blue and green. One of my favorite hikes.

hiking
Sunday, August 28, 2016

Great way to spend time with the family. Easy hike with great scenery. Kids loved it.

hiking
Friday, August 26, 2016

Asked directions to the trail head which is not clearly marked from the road. Needed to drive into the Mesa Lakes Lodge and turn left just before the cabins. Tarred one lane road takes you out behind the cabins to a parking area just beyond the trail head. Was a very nice easy hike around Mesa Lake. While there, I also did the Lost Lake trail. Not having been in CO to long, I had to watch my pace and breathing as climbed in altitude. But the trail was easy to follow and lots to look at along the way. Was a busy trail with a number of people and everyone was friendly. It was a great day!

Monday, August 22, 2016

Very beautiful hike. Lost Lake is awesome. Took my 4 year old and he walked most of the way, so it was pretty easy.

walking
Sunday, August 21, 2016

There are quite a few different trails in this area offshooting from the main trail. You have to pay $6 cash only for day use or just drive slightly further up the road to the Mesa Lakes Lodge and start from up there. Also be aware that the elevation is almost 10,000 feet so if you're acclimated to lower elevations you might find you're short of breath a little faster or get a headache. Beautiful leisurely walk.

hiking
Thursday, August 18, 2016

Two trailheads, east & west, both are easy to find. Trail is well marked the entire way. The crest was pretty awesome of the first half of the trail. Next half ain't anything special, all the trees are marked or dying and heard a bunch of human noises from below. It's nice walking up above on the crest, than down around the lakes/meadows. Lots of birds and saw some deer, only one other person was on the trail this morning so it was very peaceful. It is definitely over 10.5 miles starting at the west trailhead to finish the full loop, check out my recording.

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