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backpacking
1 month ago

Very rocky trail, first couple of miles to Lake Como are rough. After that a very easy climb.
Bears are present so make sure to hang your food.
Views are unbeatable.
Note: This is one of the most challenging off road trails in all of Colorado. Do not push your vehicles. You will know when its time to quit, and it will be very challenging to turn around if you go too far.

hiking
1 month ago

I cannot get over how incredible this hike was. We wore YakTrax but could have gone without traction and would have been fine. Get there early so you can have the cave to yourself.

Short hike with a beautiful ending at the falls.

hiking
2 months ago

hiking
4 months ago

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
4 months ago

I highly recommend doing ellingwood before Blanca and taking the southwest ridge. Most fun I have had yet on a 14er!

hiking
4 months ago

The frigid water made it painful to go to the falls. A local said it's best done in winter when frozen. Very popular and busy trail. Worth the short hike, and wading the river made it a memorable experience.

hiking
5 months ago

We went on Oct 5 when snow had covered the trail. It was cold and windy in parts, but much of our route was well shielded. The views from the continental divide trail were spectacular.
Note: the coldest and most windy part was on the overlook itself. The trail is actually more friendly, from a wind perspective.

5 months ago

Rated 5 stars because of the amazingly rewarding view from the falls. You have to scale the steep rock on all 4s to get there (most fun part of the climb), but from that vantage point, you can see everything and it is awesome.

hiking
5 months ago

beautiful and quiet!

hiking
6 months ago

Great views and amazing flowers. My son and I hiked back about three miles before the clouds (and thunder) started rolling in. It's mostly downhill, so prepare for the uphill trek back to the microwave station. It's a quad burner back up for sure....But well worth it.

backpacking
7 months ago

The lake is amazing. It is peaceful and unbelievably beautiful. The water from it tastes sweeter than any water I've ever tasted.
The trail is sometimes difficult to follow and isn't very well maintained. Watch closely for small cairns and be cautious you don't follow a false trail.

backpacking
7 months ago

This is a fun trail with about 2500 ft of elevation gain at the front. It's beautiful and Ruybalid lake is well worth the hike. However, if you're looking to follow the trail past the lake and hook up with "No Name Lake" trail be prepared. The trail after the lake is non-existent. Even with a good map, compass, and GPS we weren't able to find the trail. We ended up bush wacking our way through marshes and thick forest to get to No Name Lake.

bonus: less than a mile up there is a detour to some of the most amazing falls I've ever seen. Definitely take it.