Explore the most popular nature trips 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
snow
3 days ago

Gorgeous hike! I would highly recommend it!

Completed this hike 12/25/18, no snow, and easy hike. There are some ups/downs, but nothing crazy, not a lot of tree coverage, so I think winter is the best time to do this so you don't burn.

Like others mentioned, the hike listed on this site doesn't match the trail when you get there. I ended up doing the "bacon bits trail" which I thought was gentleman's half loop/lower doormans / this trail, but I really don't think it was any of these trails...I did about 6 miles total though.

Beautiful trail, and well worth the hike if you can be OK with not really knowing what you're hiking.

There is a nice map that you can take a picture of at the trail head along with a paper map, so once I saw that I felt very confident that I could handle this "unknown" hike.

Ended up seeing about 15 animal bones along the trail, and some deer. Would do this hike again!

hiking
25 days ago

Great winter hike. Snow the entire way but did not need spikes and the snow was only deep near thr lakes. Definitely a steep climb after about 1.5 miles. The snow made it a little tougher. Lake is frozen over and the backdrop is beautiful. Ony saw one other couple on the trail. Note: The All Trails directions take you to the trailhead and the hike is just over 5 miles. There is a way to drive up the "road" to where the Three Elks Traisl starts and would cut the hike by almost two miles. However, even with 4WD and high clearance, there was too much snow to attempt today.

Beautiful hike during mid December. Snow (ice in small areas) covering the trail, but still easy to follow. The hike in is all uphill, with some steep locations, but the solitude and beauty is worth it.

Gorgeous lakes that are currently frozen over. Be warned- getting to the trailhead means going on a rough road that was not a problem for our Jeep, but you’ll definitely need clearance and I would recommend a 4wd vehicle.

Mostly down on one half and mostly up on the other. Trail is pristine. Great rock outcroppings and piñon forest for most of it. Not technically challenging for hiking but gets the heart pumping During steady uphill half. Only detractor was highway noise from 24 and 285. I’ll certainly do this loop again.

My cousin and I hiked this years ago. It was our first backpack /camping trip. Great hike. Saw signs of bears, but only one or two people the while way. Wonderful trail.

snowshoeing
1 month ago

Starting Dec 1 the lower gate on CR386 near US24 is closed. I hiked and snowshoed from there 3.3 miles to the end of the 4wd road at the wilderness boundary. Starting at 8500 feet you can walk the first mile with just boots. After that there is now a trench to the end of the road at 10,400 feet, with snowshoes highly recommended.

Nice trail, FSR 320 slick and muddy when wet, 4x4 recommended, tire chains a must when there's snow. In snow one can park at the intersection of Old San Isabel Rd and FSR 320. Although map shows trail as FSR 326 It is closed to vehicles.

Fun day hike! We hiked 5.5 of 11 miles. Gorge views and sparky lake make for a stellar afternoon!

The 3 mile hike up to the falls was worth every step up, especially in the fall for this 61 year old’s questionable knee. My 24 year old daughter and I had a perfect day together followed by hours of sitting in nature’s own hot springs a few miles up the road!

snowshoeing
2 months ago

Did this hike 4 days ago. Was a bluebird day with good snowpack. We chose to ascend the Angel of Shavano rather than the classic route. It’s a strenuous climb up the face. We started with snowshoes but eventually transitioned to microspikes. If you are wanting to ascend the quickest route, use the classic trail, even though it’s longer. If you have more time, the Angel will not disappoint. Great views at the top!

Great hike with good views. I am very confident we were on the described trail and we measured about 6.5 miles. It wasn’t a hard hike.

trail running
2 months ago

A very enjoyable forested trail. Mt Antero looked great with a touch of snow. The trail was clear and conditions were good. The waterfall isn’t mind blowing but it’s a nice spot to stop for a photo and a snack.

2 months ago

Mt. Shavano was a tough climb. My son and I completed the hike in about 6 hours. The weather was perfect and the views spectacular. I did get a little altitude sickness, but overall had a great hike.

My girlfriend and I hiked this in early August. It was our first fourteener together.

hiking
2 months ago

We did this hike today (Oct 26) starting at 2pm and it was beautiful. There is some snow and ice starting around 10k ft but most of the trail is wooded and wide with great cover and pretty trees. The lakes are really pretty and we met several people who saw moose. Since we started in the afternoon we avoided most of the direct sunlight and the trail wasn’t crowded. I would definitely do this hike again.

Loved the trail, amazing views and very little foot traffic (hiked on a Monday am) my GPS said it was 6.7 miles round trip...took over two hours as well...enjoy!!

hiking
2 months ago

Very nice views along the way.

hiking
2 months ago

Snow on parts of upper half of trail. Fortunately for us, someone who knew the trail had preceded us so it wasn’t hard to find the way. Sunny, windy and about 32 degrees at the lake. A beautiful day!

Did this hike back in July, so this review might be a little off by now. Overall a Solid hike, with a well maintained trail. 3-4 hour hike depending on your pace and if you break for lunch at the waterfall.

hiking
3 months ago

Lovely hike for a partial day. The steepest part was the first section, then it was easy and beautiful. Very little snow and ice on this sunny October day. You can continue up to the lake for a hike that us twice as long.

hiking
3 months ago

Had a great hike today. The trail is covered in a few inches of soft snow almost the entire way. It was easily doable with regular boots and poles, but definitely slowed us down. Took us almost four hours from the radio towers to the peak (and usually a hike like this would take us 2.5-3). Got back down to our car in 2.5 hours. The views from the peak were amazing- probably my favorite 14er views to date!

Of note, the road to the radio towers is rough with deep ruts in spots. There was very minimal snow on the road. My 2WD high clearance Ford Escape did fine, but this is probably at the limits of what my car can handle. For comparison, my car had no issues on the Grays and Torrey’s road or the road to Sherman.

rock climbing
3 months ago

Wicked climb! made it to the lakes in 70 min. then the climbing begins. fun test of your route finding and climbing skill.

Perfect 3 hour hike with the pup.

hiking
3 months ago

There is snow along the way, but managed to summit without snow shoes. We had so much fun!

gorgeous views along this trail!

off road driving
3 months ago

It was snowing heavily up this trail. We had a Rubicon JK. Road had probably 6 inches of snow and it’s a rough ride. Likes of rocks etc. The snow probably created the additional difficulty, but we used our lockers quite a bit and were in 4 wheel low most of the day. Coolest lake I’ve ever seen 1/2 mile hike off the trail. Best view I’ve seen my entire life. Great trip, but tough!

backpacking
3 months ago

Hiked Humboldt Peak in July. It was my first true 14er. It was definitely difficult in some areas near the top of the peak. Overall it was achievable and very beautiful. You get a good view of the Crestones though the hike as well.

parked at upper lot. have a Toyota highlander (lower clearance) and had a few sketchy spots driving. georgous views on the ridge around 13,000. last 1,000+ was steep, but so worth it. Beautiful, beautiful 360 views at the top. lots of boulders and rocks, steep in places. took me just under 3 hrs to the top. the soak in mt. Princeton hot springs after helped soothe the bones!

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