Explore the most popular forest trails in Medicine Bow-Routt 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.

Matthew I appreciate the info. Was worth a shot to see if anyone had hiked it lately. I have been attempting to get through to the Yampa Ranger District with no success as of yet. I may just wing it and see what happens. Happy Trails!

Flight 159 - My wife and I are going to try to do the trail on 5/27/18. I also have been looking for condition reports but have not found any. Looking at the map of US Forest Service Road 900 there are multiple campgrounds along the way each maintained by the US Forest Service. Bear Lake Campground which is 4 miles from the trailhead is open as of 5/14/18 (https://www.fs.usda.gov/recarea/mbr/recarea/?recid=23030). Horseshoe Campground and Cold Springs Campground both still say "Unreachable" on their respective USFS pages, but both say they generally open on Memorial Day weekend, but with snow until mid-June. I will report back next Tuesday 5/29/18 on road and trail conditions that we encounter. USFS site for The Devils Causeway also states "Unreachable" (https://www.fs.usda.gov/recarea/mbr/recreation/hiking/recarea/?recid=79305&actid=50)

Has anyone been on this trail lately. Thinking about backpacking in the next week but looking for a condition report? thx

This is the NFS Trail #1202 (I believe) that goes up above Fish Creek Falls toward Longs Lake. Rocky & steep in places. We went only about 1.8 mi up because we didn't have enough water or poles... I'm a little wobbly & really need the poles. A beautiful trail though!

Did this trail on Mother’s Day. Easy and manageable with beautiful landscapes. Parallels the creek the whole way. We came a bit too close for comfort with a moose.

hiking
6 days ago

Initially I was disappointed by the closed gate at the Stagecoach end. But the 1.5 mile hike to the trailhead was quite beautiful. And relatively flat. So that was not a problem. While I enjoyed the forest, and the solitude (I did not see anyone else on the trail), was disappointed that the trail did not go along side Sarvis creek? I could not see the creek for the entire first 2 miles on the trail. So then I turned around. The only time I was able to see the beautiful creek was right at the official trailhead. That is why I gave this hike a low rating.
Does this trail ever go along side the creek??

Well maintained. Great dog walking with shade and water.

hiking
10 days ago

This is a nice hike on soft ground. We only went 3.6 miles in for the sake of my 9 y.o. Swiss Mtn Dog, but enjoyed the forest and scenery. There are quite a few downed trees which could irritate mountain bikers, but that is better for us hikers, truthfully! The hike is in the shade most of the morning being on the north
side of the ridge which is great for dogs. However, carry enough water for both yourself and your canine friend, as water along the trail is very limited!

Great trail to take your dogs....beautiful scenery.

Absolutely my all time favorite hike. So beautiful. Stop at the clark store and get ice cream after ;) So tranquil.

Nice little hike with big bonus falls at the end.

Ive lived all over Colorado for the past 5 years out of my van. This is my favorite hike and all time favorite waterfall. The over look view and the bridge are great but if you hike up to the top. Its quiet the view and very much worth it. Just follow the trail for about 10-15 minutes past the bridge and listen for the water. There are no markers just local trails! Enjoy

hiking
26 days ago

Didn't make it all the way to long lake due to a late start but a very nice hike. Trail 75% snowed and grateful we brought hiking poles. Start early in the day, like before 9, to avoid the afternoon rain.

Pleasant hike to the upper falls. Hiked in late April - you'll want to start in the morning while the snow is still hard. If you hike after noon you'll be post-holing in the snow field above the 2nd bridge. It was mid-week and no one else was on this trail. Lots of folks walking the short path to the lower falls.

hiking
1 month ago

I recommend waiting until late-May to hike the trail...recently did an overnight backpacking trip here and could only get about 2.5 miles in (due to snow that was 1 - 2 feet in places) before I had to make camp. You could see the snow was rapidly melting, but it will take a while. Also, you will have to park about 1.5 miles from the trailhead and walk a dirt road to the Sarvis Creek trailhead...this will be the case until a downed tree is cleaned up on the access road.

I look forward to coming back this summer and hiking the entire trail. The scenery was great, and I did see a bald eagle and herd of elk on my short hike.

The road is currently pretty impassible. I tried to get out there today with my 4WD Wrangler and ended up getting stuck in the deep snow along the sides. You could maybe get out there with a snowmobile or a 4WD that has chains but the snow really makes you fishtail, is slushy and deep in a lot of places, and feels like it's going to throw you off the road. The drive toward Yampa was gorgeous though so I can't wait until summer when the snow is gone to get back out here!

on Fish Creek Falls Trail

1 month ago

niiiice!

The trail is narrow and somewhat steep at parts, making for a good challenge. It was well packed and microspikes worked great! Didn’t make it to the lake, but there were some beautiful views along the way. About half way up it clears and levels a bit for some beautiful views. Waterfall is at the base

snowshoeing
2 months ago

Amazing trail!!
Unfortunat there was no path anymore a 1/2mile before the 2nd waterfall so i navigated with GPS
It took me 2 days in a row making my way through knee deep snow to get 3/5 of the way to the lake.
I hope that someone wil follow my path soon before fresh snow and wind covers it en finishes it for me to the lake!!
So bummed that im leaving en cant finnish it myself tomorrow :(
Please let me know if you did!

Great trail. A lot of snow this time of year but well packed.

hiking
4 months ago

Just finished trail to upper falls. Last bit was steep but trail was well snow packed and hiking shoes is all that’s needed. Its moderate to the lower falls; I would rate this as Hard/Difficult getting to the Upper Falls.

Hiked the lovely snow covered, relatively packed trail in hiking boots past the big falls where there were two ice climbers, through the pines, then aspens, over the rivers wooden bridge and eventually to the smaller falls. Was a nice reward. the views of the valley were awesome. At 10 am we were the only car in the upper lot. lot was full when we returned. moderate rating suits this short trail.

Best Winter trail

Remote trailhead but well worth it. You can summit Parika peak from. This trail. Amazing views!

as 11/25/17 trail ends at 4 miles (9400 feet)
the first half is very icy...where studs and bring poles!

Icy in parts. Definitely need yak tracks In parts

off road driving
6 months ago

I was originaly Struck by Lightning while in the Womb on this Volcano in 1989 in July, 22nd I think?? My father died in the Lookout tower and My uncle Aunt and pregnant mother had to come down a different route which is now private.

However I attempted this trail in Aug 17, My first time back to the valcano, however due to incoming storm I did not go all the way to the top, will attempt again next year.

However this was an amazing trip and very rouged and rough, just like a like it. over the last 15 years or so the road has degraded and is more treacherous then it used to be, so make sure you have a lift, but nothing a jeep cant handle.

I want to note that in various spots we encountered frees bear deposits, so do be warned, if you are taking this in the summer and have your doors off on you jeep, might be a good idea to have a some self defence

hiking
6 months ago

Completed this trail over Labor Day weekend. There's a dirt road up to the trailhead that gets a little rough as you climbed. We have a CRV and stopped a little short of the trailhead, although we probably could have kept pushing to the top. The trail begin as a continuation of the dirt road you drive in on. Keep an eye out for the trail that will split off to the right after about a quarter mile or so. The trail winds through open forest and proves a healthy mix of sun and shade. The final hump to the summit offers a series of more obscured trails over varying grades of rock and gravel. Enjoy the lookout station from the top. 360 views abound. Entire journey lasted about 2.5 hours.

It was a beautiful hike., we went to the upper falls. Great views along the trail.

Easy paved stroll down to the waterfall. About a half hour taking it all in, just gorgeous. Bathroom was quite stinky, but welcome after listening to water. I feel we got lucky at scoring a parking spot at the top! Great time!

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