Explore the most popular dog friendly trails in Holy Cross Wilderness with hand-curated trail maps and driving directions as well as detailed reviews and photos from hikers, campers and nature lovers like you.

Aspens were great today, September 30. Be sure to go all the way to the bridge over the creek.

Good hiking trail. No obstructions. Moderate ascents and descents. Very scenic. Many aspen groves. Probably about a week late for peak aspen color change. Hiked to bridge and enjoyed lunch by creek. Very few hikers, maybe about a dozen. Highly recommend.

A beautiful hike through a huge aspen grove. 5 starts for hitting it around the peak of the yellowing leaves today. My Apple Watch called it 4.7 miles from the trailhead to the bridge and back.

Pretty view of the aspens in late September!

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8 months ago

Very lush full of wild life and berries along the trail for miles. Nice views of some peaks through the aspen trees at the start, as you descend into the valley you will find a bridge crossing the stream where most hikers will end their hike. If you travel past this bridge you will find beautiful waterfalls first one a half mile past second one is at a mile up, and so on. Mushrooms galore.

Narrow at parts, better trails around for sure

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10 months ago

WARNING: the trail marker that identifies a very important right turn is no longer there (see picture). Although there are amazing views if you continue straight, it will not take you to middle lake.

Really beautiful trail, never ended up making it all the way to middle lake due to going the wrong direction, but absolutely peaceful and secluded. The first two miles are practically straight up hill, and it's not any easier going down so keep that in mind.

Definitely a "Hard" trail but would absolutely do again, and perhaps the next time I'll actually make it all the way to Middle Lake :/

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10 months ago

Nice wooded trail... decent climb on the way back.. moderate traffic. Not huge views but enjoyable and wooded pretty.

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Monday, May 22, 2017

Not much of a view at then end but a beautiful trail none the less!

Sunday, March 12, 2017

Trail was very pretty and fun to hike. Snowshoes or yak-traks recommended. We didn't have either and were totally fine. However, trail was slick in spots and definitely had some 'post-holin' spots.

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Monday, November 14, 2016

Great short afternoon hike. Went in late fall early winter so trees weren't as colorful, but would be great during the fall. Nice easy up slope to start than a long decent into the valley floor below. There isn't much of a lake to relax at but many spots along the river were great.

on East Lake Creek Trail

Sunday, November 13, 2016

Good trail, my dog liked it! I went to the bridge, solid two hours out and back. Mostly downhill on the way to the bridge, a nice workout on the way back...nothing extreme. Enjoy.

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Sunday, September 11, 2016

Very few people on this trail, and the aspens are starting to turn. Lovely.

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Tuesday, September 06, 2016

Great trail, perfect for a early fall hike. Lots of aspens and wild berries, great views with some up and down hiking. Not to difficult, Dead Dog trail is accessible from this trail.

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Sunday, July 10, 2016

Very pleasant wooded trail with occasional longer range views. The trail goes over a ridge and then drops down into East Lake Creek. After about 1.75 miles the trail at this time of year is very over grown by vegetation. It is a little bit of a nuisance but is easy to follow.

The jewel of this hike is that at East Lake Creek there is a footbridge and at this point your can hike south further into Holy Cross wilderness. The US Topographical map shows this trail but map on AllTrails does not. I would have loved to hiked up the valley for at least another mile or two, but I was running out of daylight and had to head back to the trail head.

I would definitely like to hike this again and also hike the Dead Dog Trail that forks off about 1/3 of the way in.

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Monday, July 04, 2016

A pretty walk in the Aspens! The app guide didn't take us far enough to see the lake or creek at all, which would have warranted another star or two from me.

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Sunday, September 20, 2015

You spend much of the hike in aspen and it is incredibly beautiful in late September. My GPS recorded it to be 3 miles to East Lake Creek.

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Wednesday, August 19, 2015

This is an extremely difficult trail. Elevation gain is about 2k ft in first 2 miles. Be ready to go up!! Well worth the effort as if you make it to the ridge (see pic where all four of us are together) then you did the hard part. The lake is still about another hour down, but the bulk of the tough hiking is over. The fishing is great, and you are so secluded it is amazing!

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Friday, July 31, 2015

I like to hike the East Lake Creek trail from the trail head down to the bridge over the river and back, 5 miles round trip (not the 25 miles listed here.) This year with heavy rainfall, the trail is overgrown and it's most comfortable to wear pants and/or long sleeves. This is a beautiful trail with a lot of shade and thimble berries.

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Monday, July 23, 2012

About 3/4 miles in the trail splits between difficult and moderate. There is no visual stopping spot up to that point and few wild flowers in late July.

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