Looking for a great trail in Gunnison National Forest, Colorado? AllTrails has 89 great hiking trails, trail running trails, mountain biking trails and more, with hand-curated trail maps and driving directions as well as detailed reviews and photos from hikers, campers, and nature lovers like you. Ready for some activity? There are 48 moderate trails in Gunnison National Forest ranging from 2.2 to 81 miles and from 7,391 to 13,257 feet above sea level. Start checking them out and you'll be out on the trail in no time!

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hiking
3 days ago

Nice stroll. We took the road by the lake to loop back into town. Only the first maybe quarter of a mile is wooded and there’s not much cover after that. Really nice views of the changing aspens.

hiking
muddy
3 days ago

This trail is wonderful. We didn’t have an AWD or high clearance vehicle so we couldn’t drive all the way to the trailhead. There’s an area off 727 with parking and a bathroom about 1.5 miles before the actual trailhead where we started from and this didn’t detract from the hike. The views even just a mile in are incredible and there’s a fair bit of shade. It was a little muddy in spots, but it had just rained that morning. Definitely will be back to cover even more.

Incredible hike. Didn’t see any other backpackers over my two nights, three days. Started at low line (recommended if you want to pace the hike), hiked about 8-9 miles in and camped just after passing south castle creek. Not too many streams on the lowline side mid September, so we loaded up about a gallon at the beginning and again at south castle creek. The next day we hiked to Storms Pass where you get a killer view of the castles. The elevation sounds intimidating, but if you take it slow, it’ll be totally achievable. And, the pass is not scrambley at all. Again, water wasn’t too abundant at this time, so load up when possible. When you get to Storms Pass, I recommend dropping your pack and hiking up just a little more on West Elk Peak just to the right. We then hiked a mile or so down where we passed a small creek and a waterfall with a great camp spot and fire ring. The trail in general isn’t super defined, but simple to follow if you pay just a little bit of attention. Also, this is a killer hike to do in the fall! Aspens haven’t changed much as of 9/16/19, but it’s soon coming! It was quite warm at night too, thought it would be worse.

Went counterclockwise and was rewarded the best views after a big incline! loved walking through this valley being surrounded my mountainous views. Loved the long trail at the summit before going back down. Beautiful!!!

+1 to the other reviews regarding needing an AWD or high clearance vehicle to reach the trailhead. You can get around Lake Irwin without too much difficulty, but it starts to get a bit more tricky once you reach a cabin where the first private property signs start showing up and the road splits. We parked there and hiked up the extra mile to the trailhead. It’s all paved so it’s easy terrain, but just be prepared for a decent amount of elevation gain before you reach the trail. There are beautiful views all over this trail though even if you don’t make it to the ridge.

We drove up the road as far as we could and parked close to trailhead. We also took the trail loop in a counter clockwise direction upon advice. It was good advice because the trail elevation climb is a bit gentler. When you reach the ridge, the views are incredible! Be sure to keep walking on the ridge (there is another little climb) to look down onto Blue Lake. Beautiful views everywhere - Lake Irwin, Blue Lake, Mt. Crested Butte and ski resort, Maroon Bell peak...

Our favorite lake in Colorado. So beautiful, circled by awesome mountains! Very picturesque :) lake is fun to paddle board in and there is a great trail around the lake.

off road driving
6 days ago

Our yearly favorite trail to run especially in fall. The aspen grove along this trail is one of the best in the state! Any vehicle can make this trip and it is truly worth it :) please don’t miss out on this one!

hiking
6 days ago

Nice mellow hike, with good shade though Aspens. My 3yr old beasted it!

hiking
no shade
6 days ago

If you hike this trail you need to continue to Blue Lake, it's what makes this hike a 5 Star trail. It's 14.2 miles roundtrip to the lake and only the last half mile is somewhat steep. The rest of the trail is easy.

hiking
8 days ago

If you don’t have an AWD vehicle that can take you to the actual trailhead and you have to start from the parking off the main road just be prepared to add another half mile or so to your journey. There’s a few signs alerting you to this, but in case you don’t see them, there are cattle on this trail. Views are wonderful though and well worth the hour spent on the hike.

hiking
scramble
9 days ago

off road driving
rocky
10 days ago

First off the recorded map is misleading. We started and ended at St. Elmo’s trail head. The actual mileage is closer to 45 miles. We went up through the Hancock pass then to Tin Cup ending at St. Elmo’s. This loop isn’t to difficult the trails are very rocky but passable. The vistas are amazing especially from 12,000 foot passes. You pass numerous old mines and there out buildings.

hiking
10 days ago

Directions lead to a closed road. Avoid this route!! Waste of 4+ hours

hiking
no shade
private property
rocky
11 days ago

360° views at the top! Was 90% uphill the whole way up and I would rate this more on the side of hard moderate. We did the trail counter clockwise and I think that had the best views. About 95% of the wildflowers were all dead as of September 8, 2018. Would highly recommend this trail but be mindful of the high altitude and step incline. Lastly, you do need a four-wheel-drive or high clearance vehicle to get to the trail head. I did see some sedans parked at the trail head but I would not recommend it

hiking
12 days ago

beautiful and easy drive. lots of camping areas.

Easy loop trail that we did today (9/8/19) through rain, thunder and lightning. Can't wait for the aspens to change in a few weeks!!!

Fun hike. Close to town and easy trail for acclamation.

Most of the hike is a dirt road. Not for me.

hiking
rocky
13 days ago

Edd. I don’t noo

hiking
14 days ago

Good late summer hike. Monsoon weather with

Very easy hike around Lake Irwin.

hiking
14 days ago

Very easy trail with beautiful views. It is wide open with no shade. If you want to make a loop, return to town via Peanut Lake Rd.

hiking
14 days ago

The first two miles or so of this trail I would give 5 stars. You need to get off the main trail and head left toward the sound of the rushing water when you first hear it (top of 1st incline). There is a trail that travels alongside the Slate River and it is gorgeous and shaded. You can play in the river and walk across huge sheets of slate! The rest of the hike in late summer is nothing special with the exception of Blue Lake. Total hike to lake and back is about 13 miles. Take lots of water!

hiking
14 days ago

Began this hike from town. I would rate this as intermediate hike with some steep inclines. The lake is lovely and made the climb worth it. It was closer to 9 miles round trip.

hiking
rocky
15 days ago

Great hike. Had two kids with us (5 yo on foot, other carried), and it was fine. Still some wildflowers, outstanding views.

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