Looking for a great trail in Gunnison National Forest, Colorado? AllTrails has 96 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 49 moderate trails in Gunnison National Forest ranging from 2.2 to 81 miles and from 8,585 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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lovely easy trail. Nice views into the value. saw some birds and chipmunks. quite a few bikers but its nice.

Fun trail with some awesome creek walking. But, extremely rocky. Strong, supportive and waterproof boots are a must. It says no motorized vehicles allowed but there were ATV (fresh) tire tracks.

hiking
6 days ago

Good trail. We started from the lower trailhead off of Gothic Road. Half a mile to hike up mild 4wd road to the actual trailhead for Judd Creek trail. Only half a mile of single track trail to the falls. Nice view of the ranges in both directions, mild elevation gain, and a pretty falls view as a reward. Nice shorter hike to start off a Crested Butte trip!

hiking
6 days ago

So bummed! This trail would have been beautiful about a week earlier but we went on 8/10/2019 and all the wildflowers were dying or dead! Kind of comical. Otherwise, very flat. A good hike to do as a cool down because you killed it up a more strenuous one and still have daylight before setting up camp and starting a campfire (or going to Tin Cup Pasty).

AmazIng wildflowers and a view at the top, Strenuous, with multiple separate uphill sections. There’s also somewhat of a false summit, the true one requiring an out and back portion. Get up there before the rain hits!

hiking
6 days ago

The cover picture (one of the main reasons I chose this trail) is not accurate - that view was not present, so far as I could tell. The hike was still good and the trail well-kept. The waterfall was worth the short hike. You can keep walking to the left past the lookout to the Maroon Bells Wilderness sign, where you’ll find a nice little split off trail down to the source of the waterfall. I was with family who had a small child, but I suspect I could have made it closer to the waterfall given some extra time.

hiking
blowdown
7 days ago

on Emerald Lake

hiking
10 days ago

Short but sweet. We went past the endpoint up to the road.

on Judd Falls Trail

hiking
10 days ago

Nice fall jaunt. Most of it is on a 4WD road and the overlook is not terribly exciting, but good walk overall.

Great easy trail. Added on budd trail at the end. Beautiful fall walk through the aspens. Only annoying part is you can hear road noise and you see houses basically the whole way. Not necessarily isolated. Still a great easy hike through the aspens!

hiking
11 days ago

Perfect late afternoon fall hike with Bindie!

hiking
11 days ago

Could drive in any vehicle past Emerald Lake. October 5-6, 2019. Dirt road was bare and dry. Turned around just past the lake. The road is a narrow lane with steep cliffs, precarious if you were to meet another vehicle. Beautiful!

scenic driving
11 days ago

October 5th and 6th, 2019... PERFECT FALL COLORS TRIP!! Can’t imagine the timing being better. From Crested Butte to Lost Lake Campgrounds is incredible! Catch Ohio Creek Road back to Gunnison.

One of the best views in CO. The clockwise loop is steep but the views are amazing.

This trail was fun, some family from MN came and we took them on this hike. It was a little challenging for them since they haven’t been hiking before. It was a moderate hike. One tree was down, but you could walk around easily. The fall colors were amazing!

hiking
13 days ago

Lovely hike, lots of shade and great views. Waterfall is lovely, but can’t get down to it so just a lookout.

hiking
13 days ago

The trail diverts from the map toward the end but the trail is super clear and easy to follow. You will still reach the falls. Enjoy!

Go when the aspens are flaring! Well worth the climb even though my lungs were huffing

hiking
14 days ago

I ran this trail counter clockwise, which I would recommend. The first few miles are incredibly technical and steep uphill. Lots of bikers heading downhill but easy lines of sight and I was always able to step to the side. Really gorgeous views and transitions from rocks to aspens and ponderosa pines. Great camping at the trail head. The river is right there for a cool dip when you’re done!

hiking
14 days ago

Trailhead was difficult to find. Beautiful views and hiking only more difficult towards the end.

hiking
14 days ago

Woods walk from out Airbnb. Pretty exposed. Wish we had driven to trailhead and left from there. Pretty flat and easy trail. Beautiful long views.

hiking
14 days ago

Steep climb out and back. Lightly trafficked. Trails were dry and dusty. Aspens toward the start of the trail were peaking. Not too many to be seen again until the 360 views at the top.

hiking
15 days ago

We loved this hike! The beginning was the only part that I would say was "hard". Once the initial climb was over, it was a beautiful walk through a valley with panoramic views. Another plus, we only ran into 8 people then entire hike. You do have to cross a creek to get to the trail head.

Nice easy hike to get acclimated to the altitude. There are pit toilets at the Lake Irwin campground. The area is cross-crossed with trails but as long as you don’t stray too far from the edge of the lake they will all lead in the same direction. Not a great spot for fall foliage - not a lot of aspen visible.

Still some aspens left to turn, but others may be bare by the time they turn. So beautiful! Do it counterclockwise!

Sketchy scree towards the top but definitely worth it!! Beautiful views. Saw a bear.

hiking
20 days ago

relaxing hike with lots of water for dogs, not a ton of mountain views but saw a black bear as well as potential for tons of wildflowers earlier in summer. the lake is beautiful and great for a picknick or fishing. a bit longer and harder then I had thought but we'll worth the effort, there is a smaller less impressive that might cool some ppl but go passed it and the real gem appears...

hiking
20 days ago

super windy, but amazing views!

Would do again. The 360 at top is amazing

hiking
20 days ago

Years ago we acquired the Daisy Pass and oh be joyful up the road near the townsite of Pittsburgh. You can still go that way but do not wander off the trail as it is private property. It is signed. Much more direct route. Road is not 4wd to this point. Colors are peaking.

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