Explore the most popular fishing trails in San Isabel 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.

backpacking
19 hours ago

Sorry Folks...despite all the other reviews...this trail is not Moderate...it should be rated as difficult and hard! Very rough terrain...lots of boulders and rocks to maneuver going up!! You are continuing looking down to make sure you don't trip and or go over the cliff rather than taking in the view! Once you do reach the waterfall more terrain...yes the fall is pretty but not worth it in my book...I've hiked many trails in Colorado but this should be deemed for the most experienced hikers! On the way down is just as treacherous as the way up!

Great hike! Steep start then levels out. Great falls!

hiking
1 day ago

Completed this hike on 6/14/18. This is an easy hike but has a lot of mud to navigate through. The payoff in the end is well worth it and it does not take a very long time to get to the lake. Once we got to the lake we saw a herd of elk to the south a little ways. Great Hike!

Did this trail on 6/13/18 tool my wife and I around 1 hr and 50 minutes to get to the top and another hour to get back down. I would say the difficulty is accurate. This has been one of our favorite hikes, the scenery is beautiful with a good payoff. We met a few groups of people along the way and a little bit of snow towards the top but nothing extreme. I recommend having some lunch and coffee overlooking the lakes.

3 days ago

One of my fav trails. Short drive from town to see alpine views.

Beautiful hike. Need hiking boots to pass somewhat comfortably. There are lots of little streams that must be passed to get to the lake. The view is amazing and definitely worth it!

Super easy to find. Short walk to the lake- tail goes all the way around if you want more adventure. 10/10 would do again.

hiking
7 days ago

Great hike! Was challenging enough but not too much. Beautiful view at the top with two lakes. Pretty quiet trail, I went on a Monday though.

We hiked this with our kids and small dog. The waterfall was gorgeous! We loved hitting the creek in a couple of areas on the way. The views are great. We hiked in and out within 4 hours. Bring plenty of water as it gets a bit hot in some spots.

This was a beautiful trail. It was a little bit challenging coming from Florida. I mapped 6.2 miles in 2 hours 40 minutes. The view of the lakes was incredible. I would definitely do this again and bring lunch and eat it overlooking the lake.

Def recommend shoes you dont mind getting wet and some kind of trekking sticks. Took just about 1hr 40min to make the hike to the lake. Beautiful lake with some snow mounds still present around the south/SE ends, a lot of the ground around the lake very swampy/mushy/muddy due to melting snow runoff into lake. Trees provided reasonable shade and wind cover most of the trail but the wifey got her shoulders/neck sunburned pretty well. scouted lake for about 45 min then returned to trailhead. whole trip took just under 4 hrs.

Great trail- the directions below re trailhead location are very accurate. The map feature on all trails will take you right to the parking area.

There are two dispersed camping sites that I saw at the upper lake, which would have a nice view from a tent! As well as several at the lower lake. If you start walking around the upper lake to the left they are there. We camped overnight and with bug spray were a ok.

hiking
9 days ago

Beautiful lake great for children

hiking
9 days ago

It's June 10. It was a great hike with ups and downs. Mud patches here and there but ways around and through it. Beautiful lake!

Couple muddy stretches near the lakes, otherwise looks like an early summer. Quite a few wildflowers out already. Tons of mosquitoes around the upper lake. When the wind is still, their collective buzzing is surprisingly loud as they blanket your tent.

Road to the 4x4 lot is in really nasty shape. Coming back down it begs for four-low and crawl mode.

11 days ago

The map says the trail goes around the lake but you have to walk next to the highway and through town to complete the circle.

hiking
13 days ago

Nice hike exactly 18.1 miles outside of town. TH isn't marked and there is a paved pullout on the opposite side of the street with enough space for two cars. Early spring conditions included mud (that required wading throug) and some snow patches that you could go around. Lake is beautiful. See pics and more detail here: https://etbtravelphotography.com/2018/06/06/roadtrip-to-the-rockies-hiking-in-buena-vista/

off road driving
15 days ago

Beautiful views! Extremely rocky though but worth it.

Hiked this over the weekend with kids aged 8/9/10 and they all loved the waterfall. I love the varying terrain of this hike and the nice climb to start. The drive to the trailhead is easy and the views from the trail are phenomenal.

I hiked this a few days ago after snowshoeing it this winter. Great hike with boys ages 6-10. Be sure to go to the second lake!! It is right above the first lake, follow the trail to the left once you get to the lower lake. It isn’t far and it well worth it.

As people have mentioned, the trailhead can be a challenge to find. Coming from Salida/Poncha, watch for the campground sign. Not long after that you’ll see two large parking areas to your left, and a trailhead sign on the right.

The trail is clear with a few small patches of snow.

backpacking
15 days ago

Beautiful area and not very busy on a Friday afternoon, saw more foot traffic Saturday afternoon.

Waterdog lakes has a few nice camping spots, didn't see any spots around the other lakes. The area has a lot of beetle killed trees.

Most of the trail had tree cover, sunscreen optional.

Two water crossing both were easy to cross. Took pictures and are on my recorded track.

Did the trail in early June, there was still snow around the lake and the trail was clear.

AllTrails does not have a way to communicate with other outdoor enthusiast, I can be reached on Facebook Messenger if you have any questions about this trail.

Definitely marshy and snowy in parts, I found myself losing the trail a couple of times on the way down. But beautiful hike as a whole - I’ll be returning with my camera soon!

great moderate-easy hike. recommend it. Only made it tl the falls and it's amazing.

hiking
16 days ago

My wife and I, daughter and son-in-law and two grand kids 9 and 14 arrived at the gravel road off hwy 50 at about 2:30 pm. There is private property on the right as you enter so be sure to pull into the road past that and park along the side. There were two other cars there when we arrived. Another gravel road off to the right goes up to the trail head for Boss Lake Res. This is kind of a rough unmaintained road which most people go by foot - 1 mile up to trail head, we did too. We only hiked to Boss Lake. Our elevation gain from where we parked our car was close to 1,100 ft. The trail has some segments of steep climb. Weather was cloudy and in the 50"s quite windy at times. Nice hike, out and back was about 4hrs. June 3, 2018

Great trail! Very well marked and we'll maintained. Easy out and back to the water fall, which was incredible! Loved how it was partially covered, then bits if exposure here and there. Nice variety.

hiking
16 days ago

First off, I’d just like to state that there is a sticker in the St. Elmo General Store that says “I survived the Grizzly Lake Trail!”, so if that doesn’t tell you something about this hike, I’m not sure what will.

I am young and mildly out of shape, but the first mile of this trail was absolutely hellish. I took about 2 hours (with 2 older women) to reach the lake, including plenty of rest breaks in the shade. Keep in mind, about a year ago I had an ACL replacement, and my knee was swollen up a half mile into this hike. The view at the end was definitely beautiful, but I wouldn’t attempt this trail again till I was much more physically fit.

The majority of the trail is a loose boulder field in the open, so wear plenty of sunscreen and bring lots of water, because it was very hot around midday. However, it was very interesting because there are lots of open mining pits (careful!) and old cabins to explore.

My main take away was this: this trail requires a physically fit person who is prepared to walk the majority uphill and who can carry lots of food/water. Do not attempt this if you think you might be unprepared, there is no cell reception and it is very lightly traveled.

Nice hike and good one for flatland ders still adjusting to altitude. early spring requires you to trudge through a pretty swampy and muddy section, but it is short...maybe 30 feet or so.

backpacking
16 days ago

This was a great hike to start out backpacking season! There were a couple of stream crossings that were difficult and caused us to get pretty wet. Once we got to the lake we found a great camping spot- beautiful place to camp!

Incredibly beautiful waterfall. Easy trail 3 miles out with a few marked T-intersections (pay attention at the intersections or use your GPS). Our dog loved the creek crossings. A few people on Friday afternoon.

Great hike for a moderate trail. Quite a few large sections of snow on parts of the trail in the upper half. Lost trail a couple of times. Trail also muddy in spots from melting snow. These issues created more of a workout. But it's all about the adventure - great hike with fantastic photo opportunities.

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