Explore the most popular fishing trails in San Juan 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.

Beautiful views and the sounds of the river and my knees only barked a little- LOVED!

We hiked this trail two days ago and it was still in the same condition as about a month ago. There are A LOT of downed trees so if you are going to try to make it start early in the day. We added about an hour each way compared to our usual pace. We had our large dog with us and she was able to make it. There is a lot of over and under trees however so just know that ahead or time. Also pay attention to the trail directions. The turns are hard to see with all the downed trees! Pay attention. That being said, we found the hot springs and had it all to ourselves. The risk was worth the reward!

Beautiful trail. Easy hike and easy to follow
Canyon, meadows and you are either by the river
and can easily access it or you hear the river
I did 6 miles out and back and the trail was dry as a bone

Loved this trail! Perfect if you’re looking for a simple day-hike. Only negative is the trail isn’t marked very well, in my opinion. We will definitely be back.

Not marked well

hiking
1 month ago

This trail is NOT open yet. We had to park outside the first gate, which adds 2.5 miles onto your hike each way (bathrooms are still locked at the campground and everything is closed). The trail itself needs some hardcore maintanence to be done which hasn't happened this season yet. We ended up having to go over about 50 to 75 trees, some of which were in rather dangerous locations. Dogs should def not attempt this trail right now. It took us about 4.5 hours to do 11 miles. We ended up not finding the hot springs before it got to dark so we turned around at the river (about 1 mile from the campsite and trail to hot springs). Overall, I would not say this trail is not by any means 'Open' in April, as the trail had stated at this time of attempt.

UPDATE: The description has been updated to accurately reflect a better time of opening.

hiking
1 month ago

Gorgeous scenery, but the weather made the trail that much better. Probably in the 50’s while we were there, but there were still spots along the river with frozen waterfalls and snow that hadn’t melted yet. As City folks, the wife and I wore sneakers so it made it a little more challenging with the ice and mud. Probably should of did a little more research on the trail to know when to turn around, but who doesn’t enjoy a good mystery. We turned around at the little bridge.

Beautiful trail with great views.

hiking
2 months ago

Minus the first half mile mudfest, once reaching the river, the scenery was spectacular. Cliffs on both sides with a small stream creating a frozen waterfall on the opposite side. Hiked this during a snowstorm which really made it memorable. I'll have to plan this hike again in the summer and have a picnic on the waters edge.

snowshoeing
2 months ago

Great trail and beautiful . You have great choices on the trail and great opportunities for photos. I am pretty new to hiking, and this trail was perfect. It was enough to get the exercise I needed without asking me feel defeated

hiking
3 months ago

ATTENTION: The road to the trail head was closed when we went this past weekend (2/3/2018) so expect an extra 3 miles each way along slightly boring, flat forest road. We parked in the turnout along the highway and walked in.

Snowy and icy, but not something that would require snowshoes or traction devices. Gaiters could be nice though for some parts. Not difficult as far as elevation change goes. I found the directions a bit confusing when it said to go left at the last fork and pass the campground... the only left path at a fork was closed off by logs and we never saw an official campground. Nonetheless, the hot springs were easy to find by just heading low near that fork and walking along the river.

Lots of algae in the springs.

hiking
3 months ago

Great hike! Was very icy in some areas. would not recommend hike if you do not have good shoes and are able to do steep climbs down and up. The springs are a pretty good drop down to get to. Gorgeous views and the hot springs are beautiful. Well worth the long hike

hiking
4 months ago

This is a beautiful and fun trail. Took my daughters and filled up our phones with photos of really unique things (for these Texans anyway), like frozen waterfalls, huge cliffs & sheer rock walls, the San Juan flowing in and out of frozen sections... Very doable and easy out & back hike. Highly recommend!

hiking
4 months ago

The trail was covered in snow so hiking shoes would be helpful. I would love to come back and do it again in the spring!

hiking
4 months ago

Nice hike (took around 8 hours), was sunny most of the way to the hot springs, however the sun was behind the mountains on the return trip.

Most of the trail has no tree cover, sunscreen recommended.

Trail had snow most of the way and ice in a few spots. Recommend waterproof hiking boots.

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hiking
4 months ago

With the warm weather why not experience this great trail with a new look. The frozen river and lack of people made it a completely different hike. Do it if you can.

hiking
4 months ago

Did this hike in July. Loved all the wildflowers! There are a lot of dead trees due to a fire years ago. This however provides incredible views of neighboring mountains and an opportunity for wildflowers to grow like crazy! We only encountered a handful of people and found the hot spring with the help of a fellow hiker. Be aware that you must navigate down a steep incline with a rope to access the bathing spot. Happy Hiking!

hiking
5 months ago

An easy stroll, especially if you have smaller kids. Lots of opportunities to scramble down to the river and just play around. Excellent views. Interesting rock formations.

backpacking
5 months ago

epic views, love the goats, we even took a bath in the creek - it was freezing! the train ride in makes this trail even more epic! i tried to get some film too! https://youtu.be/2iDmEsqbobA

backpacking
5 months ago

Very epic trail. I just loved going in on the train. Make sure to get up early if you are wanting to summit the mtns. We did windom and we should have got up earlier. i try to get some film while i was there - it is beyond gorgeous! https://youtu.be/2iDmEsqbobA

hiking
6 months ago

Beautiful hike! Muddy in spots, but no snow on the trail.

hiking
6 months ago

I did this hike a few weekends ago. It was an amazing hike and the main trail was cleared of trees. Unfortunately there was a lot of dead trees that made it not as pretty as it could be.

The description on this hike was fantastic! It was comforting to have these markers to be sure I was on the right trail. The only confusing part was at the end "where the trail forks. Shortly, maybe 15-20 steps) after the last drainage with the waterfall on your right, there is a fork that goes up to a primitive campsite. We did not see a route from here down to the stream. Instead we continued to the right of this fork around the top of the hill. You'll soon see an opening with many trails although some were blocked by trees. From this point fork left and down to the river. Follow down stream (back in the direction you came) to the hot springs.

Absolutely breathtaking views!!

I enjoyed this trail in the fall for the colors. The best view is really from the road/edge of the lake before you drive to the trailhead. From here the mountain reflects off of the water. There is parking right at the trailhead and also parking earlier than that where the trail intersects the road.

We went on a Sunday late morning, and saw no one on the trail - just a couple fisherman on the lake. There are several different routes you can take for a shorter or longer hike.

hiking
8 months ago

A beautiful multi-use trail which was a rewarding experience. For hiking, it was as easy as I could have wished for. There were mountain bikers, a few ATVs, and a couple of dirt bikes however all were very courteous with anyone on the trail. The adjacent stream was nice.

8 months ago

Great trail, the only obstacle was horse poop all along the trail. But otherwise: beautiful, parts dramatic, parts sweet and bright. I would consider this trail easy, comparing to the Purgatory one.

camping
8 months ago

Had a great hike up. Hot springs were great after the hike. Had a small thunderstorm come over the first day but didn't last long.

hiking
8 months ago

Great hike, I would say more easy than moderate. Mosquitos were everywhere, only bothered you when stopped. Lots of horses & poop to go along with them. Nice waterfall & very covered forest.
Definitely worth it.

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