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nice little hike and beautiful falls

backpacking
2 days ago

Amazing trail. Very easy for a fourteener, however the road in is very bad. We made it in about 3 miles in a Chevy Silverado. However, most people had to park further down the mountain. The trail was very nice though. Our little shepherd even made it to the peak.

The falls are amazing, heed all advice regarding footwear.
The road up is 3 miles of extremely rough terrain.
I saw all sorts of cars, slow going.

hiking
10 days ago

Did this trail on Aug 5. Took us about 1 hr and 45 min total with young children. There's a bathroom at the TH, and about 18-20 parking spots in the main lot plus a lot more along the road and in another parking lot plus a picnic area with its own parking lot. There are a lot of benches along the way up the trail. It is a "hot" trail with not much real shade, mostly consisting of short trees, shrubs, and cactuses. Nice views of the sand dunes and the Sangre de Cristo Mtns including the Crestone Needles. Bring water shoes and a small towel--it was definitely nice to have warm, dry socks and shoes to slip back into after walking in the ICY, numbing water! The water level was about ankle deep in most places. Fun, but our young boys didn't enjoy getting their feet so cold. The falls with the cave were definitely neat!

hiking
14 days ago

Great hike! It is a pretty easy hike with only a little elevation gain, but a decent distance. The rock formations are amazing and the gulch you walk through is beautiful. It was pretty hazy from distant forrest fire smoke and some rain, so we didn’t get to see too far off, but this obviously has some great vistas when it’s clear. Also, found some great places to yell echos thru the gulch. Will definitely do this again in the future. Our corgi loved it as well!

hiking
15 days ago

Trail is a bit of a grind...head toward the notch on the left...beware rockfall. Once thru the notch its an easy ridge walk to Kit Carson over Challenger Point. We used our hands a lot on the way down to keep from sliding on the loose rock. Scenery is absolutely stunning!

Gorgeous trail. Definitely more of an uphill on the way back.

great little jont to the falls!! walking the falls was great wish i had my rain boots!

A+++

Lobo overlook has bathrooms and a picnic area. The trail is behind the radio tower. Given the continental divide trail is over 3,000 miles, I was wondering about the "5 mile" out and back. Seemed like too much of a rounded number for it to take us to an interesting destination which ended up true. We randomly stopped in the middle of the trail. Upon our return, we found out there was a lake around approximately 9 miles roundtrip. I would have rather had my lunch there! Otherwise, the sweeping views were lovely as were the wildflowers. The forest has suffered from much beetle kill. For more info and pics visit 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/

Since the hiking trail doesn't come up easily when looking for hikes near Creede, but the road does, I wanted to include my review here too. 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/

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/

horseback riding
22 days ago

Had a chance to do this one today. Six of us along with two horses. We didn’t get all the way to the river with three kids, but it was a good moderate climb and the horses did great.

backpacking
22 days ago

Did this trip on 6/11/18. The number of dead trees was concerning, both for having to find a place to pitch a tent that wasn't surround by dead trees ready to topple over, and also the fact the downed trees conceal the trail, particularly on the loop around the formations. GPS said the trail was 8 miles to tbe loop. Lots of campsites at the boundary, but also lots of ATV traffic in and out all afternoon at the end of the trail. Mostly had the whole night and morning in Wheeler to myself, which made it worth it. A nice moderate hike to a cool place.

hiking
24 days ago

Rex Falls is just a short hike. The entrance to a parking area is straight across from the Troutvale Reservoir as you enter the Brown Lakes State Wildlife Area. The trail starts at the end of the parking area and is just a short hike up. You do cross the stream several times, but it is very shallow and there are quite a few spots where logs have been laid across. There were 4 other people there with two dogs.

The 4WD was rough but certainly worth the drive. The road was free of trees aside from a few moved to the side but still wide enough for vehicles and ATVs. Some downed trees on hiking trail near Wheeler but not enough to be a major problem. Amazing views and terrain at the end of the upper trail to the bench.

Great trail for my tribe. Made it halfway up and thunderstorms rolled in. We had ponchos but turned back due to lightning. I’d love to finish this trail.

26 days ago

Was pretty easy combo w ellingwood. (I like southwest ridge(class 3) of ellingwood do Blanca for combo..Really hard day if u don’t get to or close enough to Lake Como... need a MONSTER truck to make it up.

Road is super bad! If u don’t have a GREAT 4WD vehicle, ur gonna have to hike a lot of the road and it is hard. Southwest ridge was awesome!! Def combo w Blanca.

hiking
26 days ago

Definitely worth the BUMPY ride up to the trailhead.

scenic driving
27 days ago

Took this loop to see the old mines in a FJ Cruiser 4x4. No problems except steep in a couple of places . A car may have issues so be careful. Great drive and took it all the way to the end. Picked up a English girl at the top who was hiking the Colorado trail. Wife and I took her to Creede. Interesting drive and just amazed the hard work that went into mining silver, gold and stones.

Beware! The reservoir is pretty empty as of July 21!!

When we went July 2018 the reservoir was pretty much all mud and empty

hiking
30 days ago

Great place to go for a enjoyable hike in the Valley. Easy trail through wide, shallow canyons and red rock cliffs.

backpacking
30 days ago

It is very steep and rocky. The hike is hard and the only water source was 1.5 miles from the lake. A great lake and very quiet and beautiful, but HHHHHAAARD if you ware backpacking. At least I know I can backpack now but it was brutal in the sun before the monsoon season.

hiking
1 month ago

Just hiked this trail with my 6 year old son and he had a blast! We saw some wildlife driving in as well as while on the hike. There is a lot of beetle kill timber all around the lake and I did not see but a few fish make a splash. It is a pretty hike with lots of flowers and is great for young children. Just be sure and watch out for all the dead timber.

hiking
1 month ago

This is an awesome short hike with great payoff. A few tips:
-the road up to the trailhead gets a bad rap, but I didn't find it to be too bad. I managed fine in my 2WD Ford Fusion. Just go slowly (5-10 mph max) and choose your line carefully. The road is plenty wide, so you have a lot of options to avoid the larger rocks. There are a few ruts in the road, but we didn't bottom out. Low and slow!
-The hike up to the river isn't difficult, but note that you do have to wade in the river to reach the falls; you can't see them from the trail. Tevas, Chacos, or similar might be better than shoes/boots. My water proof boots were great until I had to wade in water up to my mid-calf!
-If you feel like extending the hike, you could take the turn off to South Zapata Lake. The hike to the lake is long, but there are some old mining cabin ruins about 1 mile above the falls. The sign for this portion of the trail turnoff is misplaced (it must have fallen over), but the well-defined trail is on the right just before you reach the river crossing.

Enjoy!

fishing
1 month ago

Elusive Native cut throats ♥

beautiful trail, long views, varied landscapes and plenty of interesting flora/fauna to look at along the way.

We went hiking with our three young daughters and we had a fantastic time!!
The drive to the trail was beautiful and the trails were well marked. Flowers were beautiful!!! Views were outstanding!!!

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