Explore the most popular mountain biking 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.

hiking
1 day ago

Did this trail on 9/22/2018 with my wife and daughter and it the aspens were spectacular! I would call it moderate in some spots only because of the rocks on the trail. We took the St. Charles trail for about a half-mile but it got too steep.

hiking
1 day ago

This trail is beautiful! My 15 year old and 8 year old loved it. The trees are starting to change colors, which gives it an enchanting feel...

Pretty views but this trail is trashed there is camping sites along the trail and I saw beer cans, food wrappers, even a tampon! I wish people would respect our Colorado wilderness! Fun little hike not much shade very hot even in late September.

fishing
4 days ago

Road was very rough. Views are beautiful but really need ATV type vehicle to enjoy it. I would not recommend it without off road vehicle.

hiking
5 days ago

The aspens are starting to turn!!

hiking
7 days ago

Good hike with decent views. Loved the history of the ghost town and tunnels. Easy side of moderate.

hiking
7 days ago

Great trail a little steep at first but well worth it in the end. Spectacular views and a beautiful creek.

We enjoyed the hike very much. Beautiful scenery and spectacular falls.

Really cool hike. Great views. Easy. Interesting ruins of Douglas City and the old train tracks.

My husband and children, 21 & 19 and I hiked this last month with our 11 year old Cairn terrier. The initial ascent was hot on the exposed trail but the waterfall was worth any effort.
Yes, there is horse poop but we didn't care... we have and love horses.
I would definitely hike this again.

11 days ago

Great hike, easy to follow trail with lots of beautiful scenery. The waterfall is amazing and a nice place to cool off before heading back down. I started at 8 a.m. and saw almost no one, but lots of groups going up on my way down. There is some horse poop along trail, but wasn't too bad in my opinion. I went on 9/12 and leaves are starting to turn for fall.

hiking
11 days ago

I love the shady hike to the mill, after the mill it gets pretty steep. Overall a great hike close to home. Views from the summit are beautiful.

Hiked from the bottom lot, roughly 5200' vertical & 14 miles RT. I agree w/ Kurt below, the road isn't that bad, definitely doable in 4WD higher clearance. The last two miles of the hike are intense - around 2250' vertical.. of boulders & scree. The trail is well marked despite some of the negative comments below.. and certainly not dreadful. I second what Annie M says below.

hiking
14 days ago

Great easy hike. Finished 3 hours. Beautiful waterfall

Beautiful waterfall. Easy hike. Not many great views on the actual hike.

Did this yesterday from the paved road at the bottom, 5200' vertical. Didn't drive the road because of the scary descriptions, but the road is not bad. AWD (subaru) would be fine. Don't need a jeep. There is just one spot at 10,500 that won't allow a 2WD to make it to the parking at 10800. A gorgeous day with lots of hikers. Hope you like lots of bouldering! More of that here than any other 14er I have done so far. What a workout!

Beautiful fall hike. In my top 10 - views, waterfall, awesome.

hiking
19 days ago

Hiked August 24. Dog loved all the streams to get drinks. Easy to follow to the sawmill. After the sawmill, we had trouble telling if we were on the trail due to scattered cairns and trail tape. Did get to the top somewhere along the way-and back down-without getting lost. Nice views from the top. Recommend 4wd to get all the way to the trailhead. Our Subaru crosstrek got there without too much trouble.

Awesome trail! First mile and a half are steep, but the rest is just meandering and peaceful. Watch out for the horse poop!

Backpacked here on 9/1/18. We drove our ‘13 Subaru Forester just past the grape creek(?) TH. We tried to make it further up the road, but it was too rough. High clearance is needed if you want to drive to the trailhead for music pass.

After parking, we put on our packs. I believe we hiked over 2 miles up the road before reaching the upper parking lot/TH. It is steep, and quite difficult with a heavy pack on. Many four wheelers and trucks went by us on the road. Not very pleasant to be left in the dust from all the vehicles. That being said, we were very happy once we got to the actual trail. It is beautifully forested before opening up on the pass. Gorgeous 360 views near the sign for Music pass. We found a dispersed site with an incredible view. With our packs off, we went down the trail towards the lakes. It was about 5 pm now and were unsure about weather so we turned around. Would love to head back here next summer to see the lakes.

Love the Sangre de Cristo range!!

Loved this hike!

There is a good sized parking lot and a bathroom at the trailhead.

You’ll start the hike with the steepest incline, but there are great views of the mountains. After 1 mile it gets easier and after 1.5 Miles it flattens out. You’ll head through a forest of aspens and cross over the creek a few times. Once you cross an open clearing you’re very close to the turnoff for the falls. I thought the little sign was well placed and obvious.

The falls are beautiful and still looked great on 8/31! We got there early (started our hike at 9 a.m.) and had the entire trail and the falls to ourselves. On the way back down there were several groups headed in.

Very beautiful trail!

Hiked this trail over memorial day weekend with a bunch of friends. awesome hike. dogs with off an on leash and beautiful waterfall at the turnaround. pay attention to the little sign that points to the waterfall otherwise you'll be climbing a bit more than you want.

Great moderate scenic hike to a great spot to relax.

mountain biking
23 days ago

I typically go down Racetrack and then climb the road back up. It is an easy xc style descent but you can hit a little over 30mph. This is my seven year olds favorite trail but a bit dumbed down for me.

mountain biking
23 days ago

This is one of the easiest trails in the Salida area. It’s a great trail to check out when you are new to the area and still getting acclimated. The climbs are relatively easy and it is one of the least technical trails. Overall it is just kind of an easy going cross country mountain bike trail. I take my seven-year-old here to ride frequently and he love going down Racetrack.

Dreadful in all respects. If you don't have a Jeep to get you three miles up the dirt "road" to the radio towers, forget about it. Four fifths of the route is slabs and boulders, with a very ill defined route. After the first mile through the meadow it is not even a "trail". Last two hours from the ridge is all loose, and would be totally impossible in rain. Unless you are attempting to bag them all, give this one a miss.

hiking
24 days ago

it's a pretty good hike. lots of lose rocks and inclines. if you want to do the entire trail to the east trail head it's about 8-10 miles round trip. nice views

hiking
24 days ago

Can’t wait to return in a couple of weeks when the aspen turn - beautiful!

Despite the rough road to the trailhead, this peak was still mighty busy on a Saturday morning in August. Parked my stock wrangler at ~11,200’ and camped the night so I could start early and avoid the crowds. Very few parking spots available above the power lines, so keep that in mind if you get there late. Had no trouble navigating the trail in the dark/early morning. The trail itself isn’t overly interesting, but the views improve once at ridge line.

hiking
28 days ago

This could be one of the worst 14ers in different ways. Trail poorly marked. The hardest part is the last 2 miles when the rocks and boulders kick in. You are constantly looking down, some rocks slip and cause others to move quickly. I almost had a rock hit me from another hiker above. No meadows, creeks, or water of any kind. The view at the top was great but so are most of them. One and done and wouldn’t recommend it.

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