Explore the most popular nature trips 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.

hiking
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!

hiking
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

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.

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

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
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.

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 .

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
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.

hiking
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.

hiking
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.

mountain biking
1 month 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.

camping
1 month ago

We camped there this summer and lucked out with beautiful weather. We 4-wheeled over from St. Elmo over Tin Cup Pass which was a kick. Fishing was good too. Would definitely recommend it for a nice camping trip. Beautiful views!

hiking
1 month 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.

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