hiking

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forest

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birding

wild flowers

trail running

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lake

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horseback riding

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river

dogs on leash

camping

fishing

off road driving

snowshoeing

waterfall

fly fishing

Fantastic mountain. Trail was hard to find & follow. Somewhat technical.

First day out for a week of hiking. Nice starter, very interesting site, very tired pooch.

I did this hike yesterday and it was very beautiful. The lack (or little amount) of switchbacks is not bad going up. However going down can makes it a little difficult. The trail is gravel so be careful when descending. Having good shoes with ankle support would help a lot (however mine did not and my friend wore nikes so it is possible without)! There were marmots and mountain goats which were fun to see!

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1 day ago

Hiked on July 19. We had great weather the entire way. Left the trailhead at 5am and sat at the top for about an hour, hardly any wind at all and very sunny at the summit by close to 9am. After arriving at the flat meadow part at the face of the mountain it took us about two hours more from that point. Our total ascent time was 2 hours 45 mins with lots of stops along the way. 360 view at the top. Get an early start! T-storms came in soon after we got back to the trailhead.

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2 days ago

great hike, lots of water...beautiful creek full of fish. lots of creek crossings, prepare for wet feet!

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2 days ago

Walked up the front side of Belford. Over to Oxford. Down into Elkhead pass trail and out. Great hike took our time. Well worth it.

Great hike for a family! (As long as you are in ok shape) Make sure to take your bug spray and watch the weather report. We were there 7-17-17. We took our 6yr old and 3yr old. Just make sure to hold hands on the incline and be ready to take breaks. The view and lake were totally worth it.

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3 days ago

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3 days ago

The trailhead was easily visible off Road 162 and the beginning of the hike looked promising. As we ascended, we had difficulty finding the rock steps as they were covered with rocks, sand and gravel. We continued through wet sand, then through boulder fields. We found ourselves confused until we found a warning sign to proceed at our own risk. We followed some small blue flags to catch a slight glimpse of the falls and turned around when we couldn't find any more blue flags. We tried to take the loop, but would have to cross the Chalk Creek which was a little too wide and our shoes weren't water proof. We went back the way we thought we came, then realized we were 30 feet off the trail.

We weren't sure when the trail was damaged, but we hope that others who choose this trail will hike carefully.

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4 days ago

I'm a native of Colorado and just recently moved to Salida. I have NEVER seen a trail that allows hikers and Moto (dirt bikes, atvs) allowed on the same trail!! This trail allows; hikers, Mtn bikers, horses, and Dirt bikes! Insane. My dog and I almost got hit by 8 dirt bikes flying down the trail. Not cool. I'm all for sharing the trail with horses and Mtn bikers, but nothing motorized.

first half mile is difficult then levels out for easy climb through Aspen's. the last mile or so is climbing through forest but falls are beautiful. if you go another 100 yards past falls there is a great overlook if the valley.