Explore the most popular Bird Watching trails in Gunnison 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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6 days ago

This trail was fun but it was very snowy, Rocky and muddy. Nice frozen waterfall at the end. I bet it’s beautiful in the summer and fall. Only saw one other couple on the hike.

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8 days ago

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14 days ago

Great views. Short but sweet hike and confirmed trail as moderate.

Scene from along the climb in mid fall is an image I will never forget. This was a rewarding moment in the Crested Butte 55k and the highlight of my race. Can’t wait to go back with my camera

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26 days ago

Great short hike. It was 3.2 miles. When you approach the fork stay to the right (going down hill) for the overlook. Beautiful!

lovely easy trail. Nice views into the value. saw some birds and chipmunks. quite a few bikers but its nice.

Fun trail with some awesome creek walking. But, extremely rocky. Strong, supportive and waterproof boots are a must. It says no motorized vehicles allowed but there were ATV (fresh) tire tracks.

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1 month ago

Good trail. We started from the lower trailhead off of Gothic Road. Half a mile to hike up mild 4wd road to the actual trailhead for Judd Creek trail. Only half a mile of single track trail to the falls. Nice view of the ranges in both directions, mild elevation gain, and a pretty falls view as a reward. Nice shorter hike to start off a Crested Butte trip!

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1 month ago

The cover picture (one of the main reasons I chose this trail) is not accurate - that view was not present, so far as I could tell. The hike was still good and the trail well-kept. The waterfall was worth the short hike. You can keep walking to the left past the lookout to the Maroon Bells Wilderness sign, where you’ll find a nice little split off trail down to the source of the waterfall. I was with family who had a small child, but I suspect I could have made it closer to the waterfall given some extra time.

on Judd Falls Trail

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1 month ago

Nice fall jaunt. Most of it is on a 4WD road and the overlook is not terribly exciting, but good walk overall.

Great easy trail. Added on budd trail at the end. Beautiful fall walk through the aspens. Only annoying part is you can hear road noise and you see houses basically the whole way. Not necessarily isolated. Still a great easy hike through the aspens!

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1 month ago

Lovely hike, lots of shade and great views. Waterfall is lovely, but can’t get down to it so just a lookout.

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1 month ago

The trail diverts from the map toward the end but the trail is super clear and easy to follow. You will still reach the falls. Enjoy!

Go when the aspens are flaring! Well worth the climb even though my lungs were huffing

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1 month ago

I ran this trail counter clockwise, which I would recommend. The first few miles are incredibly technical and steep uphill. Lots of bikers heading downhill but easy lines of sight and I was always able to step to the side. Really gorgeous views and transitions from rocks to aspens and ponderosa pines. Great camping at the trail head. The river is right there for a cool dip when you’re done!

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1 month ago

Woods walk from out Airbnb. Pretty exposed. Wish we had driven to trailhead and left from there. Pretty flat and easy trail. Beautiful long views.

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1 month ago

Steep climb out and back. Lightly trafficked. Trails were dry and dusty. Aspens toward the start of the trail were peaking. Not too many to be seen again until the 360 views at the top.

Still some aspens left to turn, but others may be bare by the time they turn. So beautiful! Do it counterclockwise!

Sketchy scree towards the top but definitely worth it!! Beautiful views. Saw a bear.

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1 month ago

super windy, but amazing views!

I would def recommend this trail. Meanders through aspen groves and offers grand views of the Crested Butte area. Not strenuous too

Not my favorite. Nice easy hike. Like the others say the first part is steep but it doesn’t last long. Lake is beautiful but after that it’s pretty boring. Walking the road back is not my favorite thing to do.

Great trail with lots of variety. Definitely recommend going clockwise along the loop, the section along Dyke Trail is very steep. Gorgeous views of Mt Beckwith and other peaks at several places along the trail. And so many aspens! There were still a lot of green aspen (9/23), but several patches of beautiful yellow.

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1 month ago

Beautiful views, a little too many bikes on the weekend but fun nevertheless.

Takes about 6 minutes to get up to the lake, then most is on a road and then the main road for the last 1/2 mile or so.

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1 month ago

Perfect little walk for our parents who are from out of town. The aspens were gorgeous as well!

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