Explore the most popular hiking 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.

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.

5 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.

13 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!

14 days ago

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

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.

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

21 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.

22 days ago

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

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.

25 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/

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.

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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!!!!!

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.

I drove my very-not-high-clearance electric car and had to hike the first 3.5 miles to the trailhead, but I was looking for a nice long hike so I didn't mind. The road part is hot, dry and exposed to the sun. A hat and some good sunblock is a must. The beginning of the trail is pretty steep, but once you get about a half mile in, it's nice high alpine hiking. I didn't make it all the way to the top, as I had to turn around to pick the kids up at school. I'll be back soon, though, as the actual hike was gorgeous, secluded and I wanted to keep going! A few wild pheasants were scrambling along side me on the way down and making a bunch of noise in the scrub oak .

1 month 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.

Great hike with amazing views the entire way, especially when you get to the top of the ridge. It’s important to bring layers of clothing. We experienced sun, rain, snow and wind. Didn’t see any wildlife but there were plenty of birds. We hiked this with kids 9-12. Took us a little under 3 hours. It does have a very steep decent. Kids loved it.

1 month ago

One of my favorite hikes in Colorado. Really beautiful views the whole way. From the road parking lot to the waterfall it was closer to eleven miles for us. Didn’t care either way.

1 month 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.

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