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

off road driving
12 hours ago

This was my first “difficult” rated trail that I’ve tried. It lived p to expectation. I def had a few hair raising moments since there were some truly challenging (for a newb) terrain. Glad I did it though! I’ll be back many times this summer. Looks like some great camping spots along the trail too.
‘18 4runner TRD OFF Road w K02’s

off road driving
2 days ago

Really fun trail. Had a blast. I was running a stock 6 speed manual 2018 JLUR and my buddy had a stock 2016 JKUR. We had no problems even on the more difficult sections on the far side of the loop.

off road driving
3 days ago

Nice relaxing loop trail. Weather was decent and trail had no traffic in or out today.

Don't start too late or you will enjoy crossing the snow melt swamps in the flat lands returning to the trail head. The last mile to the trail head took almost 1.5 hours of low crawlyto make it out.

Also, this is about an 11 mile hike round trip at this time. Geunalla pass is closed about 1.88 miles below the trailhead. Plan accordingly.

first time I have been 4wheeling, had a blast. there are a couple of decent obstacles, but had no problems


04 silverado crew cab
35's
4" lift
no lockers

11 dodge ram crew cab
33's
stock

off road driving
4 days ago

Disclaimer: This review is based on a two wheel adventure.

I’ve heard a lot about Slaughterhouse Gulch and I’m always looking for a new place to experience on my motorcycle so I figured I’d have a look.

For those of you, like me, who long for a “motorcycle” filter on this All Trails app for now the best we can do is read reviews.

On my CRF450X I found Slaughterhouse to be very tame. Easy and unchallenged was the theme for the day. That being said, if you like fast rock scattered roads you may like it. It’s easy enough to teach new riders for about 90% of it. Expect the 10(ish) mile loop to take about 30 minutes or so, even faster if you don’t explore a little. Don’t expect beautiful mountain scenery.

Still worth 2 stars as it’s relatively close to the metro area and any day of riding is good.

Someday I may bring the Jeep up here as I’m sure that would be a MUCH different experience.

hiking
4 days ago

So we tried to hike this on 5-16-18. We didn't make it because the TH was bone dry, but about a mile from the lake, you definitely need snowshoes and route finding skills. Both of which we have, just didn't bring snowshoes....so instead, we climbed up to a high point along the trail that was higher than the lake and the view was amazing! Probably even better than the lake would have been. It felt like I could touch Squartop from where we were. The trail and area are very lovely and quiet. There were zero others on the trail the whole day and one other person was fishing near the start of the road. Driving: Once you get off of Guanella pass road, there will be a fork eventually, keep right. You go past about 30 campsites then it's still down a ways. I wouldn't drive a sedan down the road unless you don't care about it. Higher clearance (jeep and 4runner are excessive) vehicles are highly recommended for parts. If it had rained hard the day before, there will be pits of water across 80% of the width of the road to the TH that are 1-1.5ft deep. The issue with a sedan would be high centering if you're bad at navigating or smashing your front end in a time or two and only slightly, otherwise it's not terrible by any means. Definitely an awesome area!

Absolutely beautiful

The mileage is more like 12 miles from Echo lake to Summit Lake. It’s absolutely beautiful. If you take this route, the last mile is a difficult steep incline so save your energy and water for it.

off road driving
18 days ago

This review is primarily for other side by side enthusiasts. This was our first trip to this trail with our RZR 900 4 seater and we had a great time. The trail has a little bit of everything including hills, rocks, and water holes. We had no problem navigating the loop with our RZR and never bottomed out once. I would rate the trail as moderate and not hard. We did the loop twice and had a picnic lunch by a nice rock outcropping overlooking the valley. I would definitely recommend trying this trail out at least once.

The first couple of miles are nice a pretty free of snow. Gets a little trickier to find the trail the higher you go due to the snow. Didn't make it to the lake and didn't see any tracks of anyone who had. Still a lovely hike though. Camped nearby and was great weather.

The sawtooth was an awesome addition

Hiked this trail with Evans road closed. It was 24 miles round trip to summit and back. A lot of snow half way up. A lot of billy goats.

1 month ago

Today, 4/08/18, I needed something to do. After doing some homework. Bierstadt it was. Being from Minnesota, hiking ...lets just say the mountains are a different beast. After reading numerous reviews here: my 4 year old had his first summit to the dogs and 100's...and 100's of people to contend with..well, didnt sound too challenging. But, I did read a few well written reviews to go prepared.
Not nearly for what I was about to face.
left late...really late from F.Collins (2:30pm) arrived at what was apparently the Silver Dollar parking lot as the road to the Guanella pass summit was still closed for the season...my homework skills need honing. talked to a guy there that was going to do some skiing and he thought the trailhead to Bierstadt would be a couple of miles. lucky I brought my winter gear including Sorrels, ski mask and micro spikes. headed up the hill at about 4pm. didnt need the spikes but postholed more than a few times but not bad. An hour later I was at the trailhead. Id say the wind was 40+ and the temp around 0. I knew a front was coming in but looking off to the west it seemed to be coming a good couple of hours early. I was alone and the only soul I had seen was a couple skiing down right as I set off...I really wished I had that idea..I need to think this over, if only I could get in the outhouse - frozen halfway shut and buried in snow. I get it open and have a seat. I decide to at least go a bit before turning back. I see what appears to be the start of the trail by the marker and another marker some 30 yards out. Off I go...postholing it every step. Wow..where are the snowshoes... (even those didnt seem to help one reviewer and his friends) Anyways, I realize Im out of my league here and want to see another day so after 20 or so yards of this I turn back down the mountain thinking of those skiers. Once back to my car the Blizzard hits with full force and Im out of there. I have to say..the whole experience - including the solitude and the views walking back down were soooo worth it!!!

off road driving
1 month ago

was just here March 9th 2018, didnt see any closed signs. Trail was plenty open with minimal snow concentrate most on short flat sections. some fun obstacles and pull off points. completed fairly quickly in 3 inch lifted Land cruiser with 32 inch tires (didnt air down) and no lockers other than center. nothing overly difficult, would have made some of the harder obstacles easier if i had aired down. if your on the fence because of the difficulty rating, as long as you got some ground clearance, youll be fine. crow creek trail via slaughterhouse was gated off.

Great trail for fun. I drive a stock Jeep Liberty with no lift but good tires. I can make it clockwise but not the uphill (without possibly messing my vehicle up) not the uphill counterclockwise. Not great views for mountains but you are in the woods. It’s wonderful. You need 4wheel drive for sure. Great trail but more a 3 in rating 4 counterclockwise I guess. 4 hour round trip Denver to Denver with a great adventure in between. I probably shouldn’t do this trip in my vehicle so don’t imagine it’s just easy. Fun though.

off road driving
1 month ago

Took my 97 land rover discovery to this trail for the first time. First part of the trail is easy then there are small sections that are little harder. Generally when the trail gets harder you have a second easier option right next to it. Snow was very slippery down hill. I was in low gear while applying the brakes. Part of the uphill trail gets very hard and I had my center locker on the entire time. Great trail and will come back for more!

off road driving
2 months ago

A few of us took a great rzr ride today! Great weather, beautiful sky & a casual chill ride!

hiking
2 months ago

Well maintained, didn’t see any other people today, trail is clear of snow and ice. No trail markings and there are forks in the path where it gets confusing which is why I rated it 4 Stars. Pretty pine and aspen forest.

off road driving
2 months ago

Not open until April 1st. There is no gate, however signs are clearly visible that the area is closed.

First 14er. The gain in elevation was harder than expected for my friend and I, which meant the hike took longer than we had planned. Best views I've ever had and the experience was exhilarating! Make sure you have plenty of water, protein and healthy fats snacks(nuts, bars, etc.). Went in October 2016, temp went back and forth between just a hoodie and needing a wind resistant, thermal coat.

Slept in my truck to wake up to the sunrise. Well worth it! Beautiful views

hiking
4 months ago

Amazing views and feeling. We made the summit by 2:05pm 01-09-18 (start time 8:53am). Lucked out with beautiful blue skies. The terrifying brownish grey clouds scattered away as we ascended out of the willow area. I'm not the fastest so took about 9 hours total. Winter trek is 11+ miles (my GPS said 12) due to having to park at Silver Dollar Lake TH as Guenella Pass is closed from there. Walked down Guenella Pass in the dark on the way back to the car, but as long as I was of the actual trail before dark I was felling comfortable and our eyes adjusted to the dark. Micro-spikes were perfect, there was no need for snowshoes. I agree with the review before me do not look over that snow bank down to frozen lake too much as its sketchy and snow is slightly deep there.

Started from the winter parking lot ~2 miles below the actual trail head (roads well plowed to this point). Round trip is about 11 miles over a mixture of packed snow, gravel, and patchy ice. Leave your snow shoes and crampons in the car, microspikes are more than sufficient. I hike pretty quickly and it took me ~7 hours (4 up, 3 down). No ave danger except at the final quarter mile up the ridge to the summit; there’s a sketch snow bank overhanging the eastern slope. Don’t get curious to peak over the edge and this is easily avoidable.

hiking
4 months ago

This is one of my favorite hikes in Colorado!!! It is rarely busy and offers a wide range of environments to trek through from forest, to boulder fields to tundra. In July the fields above tree line are covered in a wide variety of wild flowers, and there are giant patches of columbines.

The climb begins quickly. You'll accumulate a big chunck of elevation gain through the first 2 miles. The trail leads to an incredible view down the valley from a pretty exposed overlook. The next couple of miles are a more gradual uphill. It is a beautiful hike through boulder fields and forest with the sound of the stream ever present. The last third of the trip is the most grueling. It is a sustained climb to the lake.

In past years I have camped along the trail then tackled Square Top the next day.

Things to note - County Road 1038 is not well taken care of and has boulders that you will have to get over or around. There is almost always standing water a few inches thick somewhere on the road. I have seen a Prius make it to the trail head, but have been on trips where the driver of a Subaru didn't feel comfortable and parked two miles from the trial head. Be aware before you try and get there and don't be afraid to park before the road becomes brutal.

Also, the trail head isn't extremely well marked when you are heading up the road. I needed my GPS to make sure I was headed the right direction and find the trail. But, there is a very large boulder with a sign that guides you, it is just easier to see if you are looking back down the road toward the entrance from Geneva Road.

Bring bug spray or permethrin clothing. This trail is along a creek and bugs become unbearable without it. You may also want to make sure your hiking boots or shoes are waterproof. The trail has standing water sporadically and there aren't ways around the soupy parts. Lastly, once you get above tree line 7-foot-tall shrubs are grown right up along the trail and can feel like they are attacking you. Long sleeves offer a fair bit of protection.

super easy made it up and down in a few hours. too many tourists.

hiking
4 months ago

Amazing trail with excellent views 100% of the time.

off road driving
4 months ago

I had a 2009 Lexus gx470 with a 1.5 inch lift on 33” tires and front and rear bumpers and rock sliders. Did it on 12/23/17 in a snow storm with 4-5 inches of snow on the trail at the start. Went right at the loop. Made it 3/4 of the way through before I had to turn around and put chains on. I didn’t have my chains on the way out but I’m confident I could finish the trail with chains on or when the trail was dry. Very intense trail to do in the snow. My friend in her JK with a 3.5 inch lift on 35” tires also couldn’t make it all the in the snow. Overall amazing day and can’t wait to try it again to conquer it!!!

We found this trail looking for the Rosedale Peak Trail. Both trails start at the same trailhead and intersect about a mile and a half up the trail. This trail is well maintained. We visited with a fellar at the trailhead and he said the Rosedale trail took some trail finding. It was a fun hike !!!

fun not hard except its a 14er

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