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

hiking
4 months ago

This hike has been on my bucket list for years. I rated it five stars...given you don’t hike it one day. I hike often and didn’t not find think this was all that moderate. It’s challenging. It is not flat-ish as others have mentioned. You lose and gain elevation all along the trail. There is little to no shade or places to pump water. There is a pretty consistent incline after the first two miles. There is a creek crossing... bring crossing shoes...the water was deep and cold. This is definitely an overnight backpacking hike or an ATV/side by side. If you are in top hiking condition maybe a day hike but it was too much for me.

backpacking
4 months ago

Fairly easy trail, it’s just long. It took about 4 hours to make it to the geological area carrying around 40 pounds. Spent two nights right outside wheeler, with a beautiful view of the rocks and San Luis peak. I would highly recommend spending a few nights out here to fully explore the rocks and some nearby hikes. Very few people know of this place, which makes it so much better. Half moon pass is a must, and the rocks are awe inspiring.

hiking
Sun Sep 16 2018

When I looked into people photos and saw the beautiful formation rocks. I decided to check it out. Its about two hrs atv to there. The road wasn’t that bad but long drive. When my wife and I get there we hike there looked around it’s beautiful as it said. The bad part was not enough trails to go around all the formations rocks. There only two place where you can see upper on the hillside and lower by the creek. To me not worthy the time.

hiking
Mon Jul 30 2018

This hike is 16 miles. The trail portion is 5 miles. It then connects to the road for another 2. After 7 miles you reach the information area about the eroded rocks. It's another mile to walk anywhere near the rocks. The forest is dead from beetle kill. The trail is not hard, just long. But having to hike 16 miles just to see the rocks made me think I would have rather backpacked in so I would have the opportunity to take a leisurely stroll around the rocks whose views is obscured by dead trees. Or in a day, I think it would be better to rent a RZR or horseback. If the forest weren't dead, perhaps I would have enjoyed the hike a bit more. I've hiked the whole CT so its not about not enjoying the scenery, it's just with a particular idea in mind, the rocks aren't visible for some time. More info and pics at https://etbtravelphotography.com/2018/07/30/things-to-do-in-creede/

backpacking
muddy
snow
Fri Jun 01 2018

I hiked this NOBO, starting at Spring Creek Pass. It was an easy hitch from Lake City to the trailhead. I camped at a really nice area around Mile 3.9 (CT Data Book if you're hiking SOBO) at Middle Mineral Creek. There are a lot of beetle-kill pines in this area, but this site has some more open spots farther away from the dead trees (and was gorgeous!). It was a very scenic section of trail! I wrote a blog post about Segment 21-Segment 18 with more beta. https://www.backpacktheplanet.com/blog/solo-backpacking-in-2018

hiking
Sun Oct 08 2017

Favorite CO hike!

Nice hike, but lots of dead trees, fallen trees across path.

on Wheeler Trail

Mon Jul 10 2017

Super rewarding hike and not difficult at all! It's long but with very gradual elevation gain, we did a day hike starting at 8 and got back to the car around 4. Hiked around the area too. Magnificent views

backpacking
Fri Apr 28 2017

Love this area! Hiked it a couple of years ago. The trail is absolutely beautiful until you reach the last mile or two when it coincides with the four-wheeler road (I had no idea ruts could possibly run that deep) - it was INCREDIBLY muddy. Also, it you plan on making this a day hike, I would recommend going really early to avoid potential rain/lightning in the summer months. Lots of wildflowers in the high alpine meadow near the top, varied landscape and terrain throughout, and it would be irresponsible of me to fail to mention the whole hoodoos-in-the-mountains thing. Pretty unique. Four stars ONLY because I wish the walking trail remained separate from the road the entire way up.

hiking
Mon Nov 14 2016

The hike is moderate to difficult. The thing that makes it hard is the length. You also climb the last two miles back to the trailhead at the end and that was tough for me. The hoodoos were very cool and no one else around!

hiking
Mon Sep 09 2013

I hiked out the foot trail from wheeler monument September of 2013. It was s fairly quick jaunt because it was mostly a decent from higher elevation. Beautiful hike along open fields, pine forests and creek valleys. There was a decent amount of mud on the trail even though there were no heavy rains in the recent past.

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