Explore the most popular hiking 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!

Really enjoyed this one. Did any easy couple miles in to the bridge just past the barn and back out again earlier this week. Incline at the beginning is totally manageable. Great views and varied landscapes.

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
8 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??

Beautiful. Only drawback is highway traffic. Lots of snow.

Well maintained. Great dog walking with shade and water.

hiking
12 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.

snowshoeing
24 days ago

Clockwise traversal on a partially cloudy day. Snow quality was mostly a mixed bag of packed powder and crunchy sun-baked powder. great stump with a view for lunch break at about 2.5 miles in. some good steeps leading to the summit. Easy to share with skiers.

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
28 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.

Good hike

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!

Great trail with good combination of terrain. Great markings, easy to follow & lots of fun.

snowshoeing
1 month ago

fun times

cross country skiing
1 month ago

Really fun! Counterclockwise is hard but fun

Great time, still pretty deep snow near the end.

snowshoeing
1 month ago

Went today in the middle on some snow and fog but no wind at all. The trail is as challenging but has beautiful continuous rollers that allow for effort and rest alike. Bring water, your favorite “victory” drink and snacks as this will test your endurance if the snow is deep. Love it!

snowshoeing
2 months ago

I'm out of shape, in my mid-30s, and did the 1B loop in about 4.5 hours. Solitude, beauty, challenge, photo ops. Great fun.

It doesn't seem like 1A or 1B is accurately represented on AllTrails, at the moment.

snowshoeing
2 months ago

Was a great loop: so much amazing powder! counterclockwise is definitely harder ;)

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

Beautiful hike with enough ups and downs to make it interesting! I should have followed the advice that I read on several reviews of this trail and gone clockwise, but alas, I failed to listen and went counter! There is a rather large incline to get up to the meadows and I’m certain it would have been easier coming down than going up. No worries, though, either way is beautiful!

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