Explore the most popular birding 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.

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.

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

hiking
4 days ago

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
7 days 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.

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
10 days 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
11 days 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.

hiking
15 days ago

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

Incredible views and a challenging hike.

the farther up cc rd 740 you go the better it gets. so if you still want a nice easy 3-4 mike hike, drive up as far as you can (road becomes 4x4 worthy) until the road becomes trails. you won’t be disappointed.

hiking
21 days ago

Great hike for families or shorter distances. Took our 4.5 year old and 1.5 year old (in child carrier on back) and they both did great! Trail has a nice climb initially and parts of the trail are pretty rocky. Great views of Gothic Mountain and the overlook of Judd Falls was beautiful. Continue on the trail past Judd Falls and go into Maroon Bells Wilderness (trail also gets easier here). A few mountain bikers coming down the trail in the first 0.5-1 mile of the trail, so be aware.

hiking
23 days ago

A short, very steep scramble through the woods lands you at this hidden, long lake. It was very quiet. We enjoyed the throwing the ball for our dog, observing the swimmers training for open water swim, and the cows scrambling up and down the far bank. We took the more gentle path on the return.

mountain biking
23 days ago

This is a great trail! I really don’t like how it is marketed as 30+ miles of singletrack. That’s really not the case. It is probably 15 miles of singletrack and everything else being double track or road. With that said, it is exciting and absolutely beautiful. It is one of the best trails in the country on sheer beauty alone.

hiking
26 days ago

My wife, 9yo son and 6yo daughter climbed to the 2.5mi high point (about 11,400ft) on the trail, which affords views in three directions. Some complaining from my daughter on the initial steep section and I cop to giving her a few shoulder rides, but all in all a good family hike. By late-August wild flowers are well past the peak. We spotted a pika carrying brush, two red-tailed hawks, and a mule deer with small velvety antlers. Damming the stream was a good diversion. My daughter concludes, “it was fun.” Success!

Great hike for beginners and to take the kids to. Gets a little rocky but doable. amazing views of Mt. Gothic! You don't really head down into the falls, it's actually an overlook. But beautiful nonetheless.

pass is closed for roadwork/paving

Easy trail, but has a decent amount of gravel and rock. I expected to be closer to the falls in the end but it is still a spectacular overlook

hiking
1 month ago

Hands down one of the best places to hike. You get gorgeous views, multiple hiking and climbing options, and even great for trail running and hill repeats. Best of all, it’s just on the outskirts of Gunnison and two miles from the KOA so this could easily be incorporated into your daily routine.

trail running
1 month ago

Great trail, lots of hills

mountain biking
1 month ago

This trail is accurately rated “hard.” You start with a 14ish mile, steeeeeep in places, climb up a gravel to dirt road. It is hard. As you ascend, the views are absolutely stunning. I recommend taking your shoes off to cross the pretty little creek! By the time we got to the trail, we were totally exhausted. I am a strong intermediate rider and I was ready to throw my bike off the mountain! The 5 mile DH has sections that are fast, fun, and flowy and more amazing views. There are also sections that are the hardest and most technical that I know of. A lot of the DH was treacherous and very hard! Long travel bikes and years of experience are recommended. Overall, this trail could possibly be fun if there were a shuttle up.

mountain biking
1 month ago

This trail was spectacular! I’ve ridden in many place and have never ridden a trail with views like this. We shuttled up and rode the 31+ miles of some single track but lots of dirt road. The climbs are tough but doable and are very worth the fun, very fast DH. Moderate seems accurate for this trail. It took us just under 3 hours and we finished at the gas station in Pancha. I highly recommend this trail!!!

We did the three lakes trail with our 6 yr old son and two pups. Everyone was good and tired after spending a good half day exploring these beautiful alpine lakes. Would highly recommend this trail, especially in late July when the wildflowers are on fire!!

mountain biking
1 month ago

We absolutely love this trail! It is probably the most beautiful trail I have been on. Be sure that you ride it from the south to the north or west to the east depending on how they say the thing goes but there’s definitely no way that you want to climb this single track. I recommend this as a shuttle ride otherwise it is a very tedious painstaking road ride up to the top. The turns are amazing and you can really rip through the area. I am here in July and the flowers are so tall that they hit your hands. You do not want to do it right after a rain because you get very wet very quickly. I would definitely say this is an advanced trail however. I think that the three rating system here is very miss leading.

mountain biking
1 month ago

Wow, interesting trail. It is a 14 mile climb. All on some form of road. I could kill this thing on my gravel bike but riding an 140 mm travel bike up the road for that long is quite exhausting. Not physically as much as mentally. It is beautiful, it has great views. Once the downhill starts it’s a little tricky to find your way at first but not a big deal. Then you come to the middle section of the downhill which is incredibly smooth and ultra fast. You can jump from turn to turn. It is absolute just pure fun. Probably one of my favorite sections of trail. Then you come to the third part. It is super technical. I do not advise it for anybody that is not truly and accomplished bike rider. I did it with no problem on my longer travel bike but my wife had quite a bit of issues on her hundred millimeter bike. I don’t think that the trail is really worth the climb. It would be a really fun shuttle trail. With that said, most rides in Colorado are this way so take that for what you will.

Great views! Sadly, weather stopped us about 300 feet from the summit.

camping
2 months ago

tent camped at a site within Hartman Rocks for two days - it is very quiet, with gorgeous views in all directions; on the first night it did rain for a while and was pretty windy so if you’re looking to tent, make sure you have everything staked in securely

during the daytime, it may get quiet warm so be sure to bring plenty of water if you’re not looking to leave and head into town

My husband and I did this trail in mid July. Other than being quite hot and not much shade, we enjoyed it. Tip: take a right when the trail comes to a dead end (about 0.8 mile in), and then about 1.5 mile in take the fork that goes right down into the forest. It will spit you out at an overlook where you are looking down into the canyon! Great views. Bring lots of water and sunscreen!

road biking
2 months ago

Beautiful trail with wonderful scenery and interesting historical points. Apparently we went the steepest way (counter-clockwise), so will try clockwise next time. Well worth the ride!

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