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Amazing aspens, great views, great family hike. Last part of loop on the road.

I did this with my three children. Steep to start, I thought we would be able to see the caves up close, but climbed above them. Great views, nice Aspens, last part is on the road.

hiking
9 days ago

It starts with a rough drive up the South Cottonwood Creek Road to several possible pull outs before Mineral Creek is crossed. The hike begins as a cross-country route up a broad ridge to where it intersects the Continental Divide Trail. Go south up the old lateral moraine and follow the trail to the top of the ridge about 12,700 ft. Wildflowers abound in July and August. From the ridge one can go east to a easy viewpoint or west up the ridge to Emma Burr summit, or continue south along the trail into Morgans Gulch.

hiking
17 days ago

Absolutely beautiful hike! Aspens everywhere and gorgeous views! Super easy.

easy hike appropriate for all ages. Enjoyed the drive to the trail more than the trail itself.

Beautiful time of the season to hit this trail - Aspen are in full gold and the view of Irwin Lake is pristine most of the way up. Parking is off to the side of the gravel road before the trailhead - we saw a couple of non-SUV’s getting around just fine on the way up. We opted to take the seemingly “steeper” route on the way up - veering left when the loop begins instead of right. The dogs loved it, too!

hiking
18 days ago

Although. The falls are nice, compared to other walks in Colorado, this one is 3/5

scenic driving
19 days ago

Most beautiful drive we've done yet! not sure why its classified as moderate, 2wd vehicle did just fine!. scenic drive, not off road driving. Highly recommended

Very steep for the first half then levels out. Took us 2 hours to get up and 45 mins to get down. AMAZING views especially at the top!! Must do this hike if near CB!! Good workout.

off road driving
19 days ago

Drove up from St Elmo to the summit, beautiful drive, not to tough, did it in Chevy 2500 and had plenty of clearance, took the advice from the guys coming up from Tincup and went back the way I came

scenic driving
19 days ago

Absolutely stunning views along this road. There are plenty of spots to pull over and take pictures. It's a must see if in CB.

Beautiful views along the upper lake. Loop involves a paved road on the way back for a mile. Not my favorite part of the trail. Out and back would be much better rather than it being a loop. Enjoyed the hike with my senior pup!

I was here in July, it was beautiful and I knew I need to come back.
so I came back on the end of September for the fall colors.I was fantastic. love this huge aspen forest ,the view and feeling in whole that is impossible to describe

hiking
25 days ago

Lots of aspens changing colors right now! Beautiful hike, long but not technically challenging.

Steady and steep climb from the parking area up one-third of a mile to view the lake. From there you simply hike around the lake and back down. Nothing spectacular for the area, but a quick hike and chance to be near water all the time if you’re hiking with dogs. Saw several people fishing.

Great hike, the falls are gorgeous, not much room for viewing but it was fun.

hiking
26 days ago

Great trail, steep to the top! Worth it!!!

hiking
26 days ago

A beautiful place to see millions of huge Aspen from you motorcycle, auto, or Motor Home. Lots of places to pull over to take photos, too., and a large number of trails to hike.

If you live at sea level I would definitely ride the trail clockwise. Great history of the mines, Aspen Alley just after the summit is simply stunning. Saw Elk and deer

This trail has two separate connections points. You can start at the Erickson Springs campground area or you can begin at horse ranch park, those are the two most popular sections to begin at. If you start at Erickson springs it is going to be a fairly flat and semi rocks trail but it is wonderful and follows the river the whole time. in the summer it is a great time here for berry picking. About 4-5 miles in from the Erickson springs entrance you will hit 2 fairly consecutive bridges. there is great camping on the flat section just after the first bridge. After the second bridge you will ascend up devils stairway which are excellent switchback, not too exposed, and they will begin to direct you up towards horse ranch park. The elevation gain that is referred to here is only after you reach the bridges, otherwise the trail has some grade reversals but nothing too steep or overwhelming. good fishing at Erickson springs.

hiking
28 days ago

This is one of the best trails in the section of the Paonia district of the GMUG forest. the climb is gradual and in the spring and early summer there are lots of wildflowers here. Once you get up to beckwith pass there are views to the north of the ruby range where you can see the anthracite valley into the raggeds wilderness. The trail has multiple split points and about another 6/7 miles down you can junction with trails such as castle pass which you can connect with swampy or ohio and make a great backpacking loop. the trail corridor is clear and logged out/

hiking
1 month ago

TONS of trails...it's difficult to keep on any one single trail as they intersect or dump you out into a road and you pick up a new one, but there's so much exploring to do. The trails are usually easy to spot. Bring lots of water and sunscreen since there's little shade. Enough variety here to make your hike as easy or as difficult as you like. Would love to camp here sometime.

Beautiful, easy hike around the lake. Good family hike.

Great for kids. On the lower loop, they have pages of a book every 50 feet or so to keep the little ones going. Great views of the valley.

mountain biking
1 month ago

Drove out to The Crest the other day. The drive didn't disappoint. Beautiful.
The small section of The Crest I did was awesome. I will be back for more!!! Next ride is to Marshall Pass out and back. If you have not been out there you are missing out. Thank you Alex from single track sampler. You made my day!!!!!

hiking
1 month ago

If you are from the flat lands, and a low elevation, the initial bump from the start of the trail may kick you butt, as it did ours. Pace yourself, it's worth the effort. After hit the top, it's mostly rolly all the way down. fantastic views.

Great quick afternoon hike with the family!!! Dog friendly, bike friendly, well kept trail!

Incredible views and a challenging hike.

Excellent leisurely hike with beautiful views.

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