Explore the most popular no dogs 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.

This trial is remarkable! I have been up here 4 times over the past decade and each time is better than the last. The trial doesn’t start off a highway, you need a good 4X4 vehicle to head up to the trial head. I highly recommend this trail to anyone seeking secluded Colorado beauty.

Great easy lake hike

off road driving
8 months ago

Road 740, we rode on atvs an motorcycle. beautiful road especially with turning aspen, lots of panoramic views! moderately trafficed, but it was a beautiful saturday! lots if smooth sandy road, some rocky sections that 4wd helped me climb but rare.

8 months ago

This is a beautiful trail. Yes, it is muddy from the horse traffic, but well worth it. Bring an old pair of hiking boots and embrace the muck. Because it gets so much rain, the wildflowers are tall and plentiful. The aspen forest is full of huge trees and there is a lake that is completely covered with grass. There are excellent views of the Castles at the beginning and equally impressive views of the Anthricites as you continue up the trail. Fall is a wonderful time to do this hike. The Castles in the fall are breathtaking, and this trail offers the best views of it and it is drier. Once you hike up the steep hill at the trailhead, the trail mellows out into a much more gradual ascent.

On a holiday weekend plan on BIG crowds. Expect great views, but lots of noise on most of the hike during a holiday weekend. Great if you want to play in the water and hike!

8 months ago

You can't park on the road or at the trailhead. 3/4 mile hike from the highway but nowhere to park there either...elitist region...

This hike is tough! The views are awesome but 2+ miles of rock field is exhausting. Also the trail is non-existent even outside of the rock fields. I would recommend just going around lost lake and then up a bit part way through the fields - the whole way is not quite worth it, in my opinion!

off road driving
9 months ago

scenic driive on dirt roads that any 2wd can do in the summer.

Long winding hike to summit. Scenery is amazing.

9 months ago

Beautiful hike. Lots of rocks. It's more of a 3 mile in, 3 mile out hike. Crossed 2 creeks and very refreshing. Only disappointment was too many rocks.

Stayed in a cabin here close to fall, was pretty cold atving but so worth it the views r amazing and the beautiful landscape breathtaking. Loved this trip. Bundle up it can rain and get pretty freaking cold lol!

Perfect first hike from lowland

Beautiful hike along Stewart Creek and up to San Luis. The first 5 or so miles are deceptively gentle; after that is where most of the vertical gain happens. Bug spray is a must, as the mosquitoes are relentless. There are two creek crossings-- and if you're wondering if you have to cross the creek at the trail junction, indeed you do. I recommend switching to crocs or waterproof sandals.

A pretty long hike overall, but incredible to see no signs of civilization from the summit-- just vast, open nature. Be careful of the scree coming down! I saw two people slip, and then I did as well just steps from the summit.

10 months ago

For a moderate hike, especially in distance, this hike paid off with an incredible view and very few people to compete with.

10 months ago

Hiked it June 20th. Trail was lost at the tree line in snow. Turned back to an Aspen grove that was flat and had a fire pit ready to go with a good source of water. Wish the trail was marked better, but is was peaceful and no one in site. Took 6 hours to hike in but 2 hours to hike out. Down hill is easier on the old guys.

Lots of snow still up high, and lots of talus/scree hopping. Some of this gets loose, steep and sketchy on the route I chose. Up high, I followed a previous hikers AllTrails gps map, but had to deviate due to snow. My route only got to the ridge that you would scramble up to get to the summit. It was getting late in the day, I was alone, and a little scared of the loose talus ridge climb, so I bailed, to return another day!

11 months ago

Excellent highly recommended hike! The views are incredible. Not too difficult.

11 months ago

The perfect combo of hard work in the beginning with the beautiful views on the way down.

Saturday, May 13, 2017

Our favorite hike in Colorado. We typically hike 14-15 miles round trip. Some of the most stunning, picturesque views I've ever seen.

Saturday, May 13, 2017

Very pleasant trail that runs along a creek through the forest. Requires a few mild stream crossings. Going the second week of May was a bit early, as snow still blocked the trail after the second mile.

Friday, April 21, 2017

Taylor Park is our favorite place to camp. We can do anything we want right outside out camp. Hike, walk, fish, boat and atv. Oh and the views are the best you will find. We have been coming here for year and never get tired of the park. Always something new to see.

mountain biking
Tuesday, October 25, 2016

A fairly steep climb up, but well worth it. The downhill has a nice flow with a few technical sections. I highly recommend! The trail system on Strand Hill is very well marked and there are a lot of different trail options to take on the way down.

Monday, October 24, 2016

nice trail and not very difficult. Go past the first lake you see and there is a better lake and view at the top.

Saturday, October 22, 2016

Hiking, peaceful beautiful

trail running
Sunday, October 16, 2016

Great loop for a long run with friends!! It was rocky, washed out and steep as the trail winds its way through the trees. There were three small creek crossings with some mud at other points along the way. It was very challenging but the view overlooking Taylor Park to the North/Northwest and Mirror Lake to the Southeast makes it worth it! We started at 7am and it took us about 2 hours and 40 minutes to run it. We brought water and energy gel for the top before taking the trail back that goes toward Mirror Lake and CR 267. Afterwards we had breakfast at Nugget Cafe that is next to the Taylor Park Trading Post!

Tuesday, October 04, 2016

Went in late August on a Sunday morning. Didn't see too many people, really nice wildflowers were still around. A nice trail through aspen trees with mountain views and rolling hills.

Monday, October 03, 2016

The views are incredible, and you don't have to do the entire trail to enjoy them, I started at the Ruby Anthracite trailhead and then turned back at the creek. The trail gets VERY steep as you go down into the canyon to reach the creek. I just went in mid-September and the aspens were a phenomenal bright yellow. The other time I went was August and there were lots of beautiful wildflowers. Definitely recommend and will be going again in spring!

Saturday, August 27, 2016

Beaver Pond trail. Beautiful Aspen trees ... Easy hike to Pond .. Amazing

Wednesday, August 17, 2016

Great views, easy trail to mtb on.

Tuesday, August 16, 2016

It's a long drive and u really need a good 4 wheel drive vehicle! We turned back after about an hour of driving....

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