Explore the most popular hiking trails in Sangre de Cristo Wilderness with hand-curated trail maps and driving directions as well as detailed reviews and photos from hikers, campers and nature lovers like you.

Words can not express this awesome trail. I will definitely be back since it's technically my backyard now. Only downside is I was with a beginner and didn't take them all the way to the lake. Next time that is a must. Meet an awesome boonedocker on the way out had a great conversation.Keep living your life buddy as I will do the same. It was a near perfect hike from the views...people..to the weather. Still in Awe...

Nov 19 , 2018

hiking
1 month ago

One of my favorite hikes ever. Total mileage with a detour to a high meadow was 10.7 from the car and back. Great exposure nearing the top with some impressively steep views. Don't be fooled once nearing the last switchbacks, there's still about another mile or so to the lake.

hiking
1 month ago

First: I have tried summing Blanca before, also in the middle of October. The first time we weren't quite prepared enough and didn't feel safe without spikes or crampons. Also, Lake Como Road is a bit of an ankle breaker and it really killed my knees. So, this year we thought we'd be clever and try to mountain bike the road and had enough snow gear to do the summit. What we had forgotten: the majority of the road is not even bikeable on the way up, so we ended up walking our flipping bikes up 4k of gain to Lake Como. They were sort of worth it on the way down, but a large portion still was too sketchy to bike down until the halfway point of the road.
We ended up not being able to summit (again.....) due to weather blowing in about 6 hours earlier than we had previously been told. We did see a herd of big horn sheep, which was great. The rest was pretty meh considering we still didn't bag the peak. If we had I'm sure it would have been 5 stars.

2 months ago

So, this trail totally blows chunks. Little did I know Lily Lake is at the top of the pass not up and down the other side! To my surprise I misread the map leading to a dissappointing trail experience. Needless to say it was totally my fault for f'n it up, but still gonna go ahead and say one-star. Views were dope though.

hiking
2 months ago

We did this hike Sunday October 7. The trail is definitely longer than advertised— the whole hike I recorded via this trailhead from the parking lot to the lake was 10.1 miles total. The trail spreads the elevation gain out well and is marked clearly throughout. We got some snow at the top but trail was clear

Comfortable slope up to wilderness boundary where two other trails branch off to access canyons to the north and east. Huge wide valley filled with the yellow and orange fall brilliance of aspens.

fishing
2 months ago

So hard! I’m a park ranger and hike every day, but this trail was still hard for me! Definitely not a day hike.

this trail is pretty epic. this should be rated as hard. did the venable side first. was very windy and a little nerve wracking before phantom terrace. saw more people coming the opposite direction. beautiful long hike. will do this again as an overnighter.

2 months ago

Great trail worth the long drive with spectacular views.

hiking
2 months ago

I loved the scenery on this trail, but it was a bit confusing to get to! The trailhead is actually the Gibson Trailhead and then you take the marker towards rushing creek, from there it’s .5 of a mile until you see a sign that says Lakes of the Clouds. My boyfriend and I thought we were lost multiple times. Other then that, the fall colors were amazing!

hiking
2 months ago

not a hike - more intro to mountaineering to get to the top. still some cool views available before that final more technical ascent. if you are looking for a nice hike, go only up to the flat part before the saddle around 13 thousand feet, after that technical experience on 14ers and a helmet is highly recommended! however more beautiful and green then I expected with sand dunes near by.

hiking
2 months ago

Great hike with a friend and well worth the climb to see the 1st lake. It is an emerald green and so clear you can see the lake floor. We went to the 2nd lake and ate lunch before we headed back. The leaves were falling fast, so the autumn beauty is fading fast. Plan to do a weekend trip and camp next year.

off road driving
2 months ago

Found this trail to be quite nice. Views were absolutely stunning. Several water crossings but not bad for a stock Wrangler. Will definitely come back again.

off road driving
2 months ago

Broke a rear locker and still worth it!

backpacking
2 months ago

Backpacking camping weekend trip with Boy Scout Troop 268 from Colorado Springs. 17 Scouts and 4 adult leaders. Took upper trail on the way up on Saturday. Left trailhead at 8am and first group of 10 arrived at meadow a couple miles from lakes at 12 noon. Second group arrived within an hour after. Setup camp next to the stream for a water source. Spent Saturday night sharing stories, skits and general Boy Scout fun. Rocky trail in some areas but relatively moderate trail. Beautiful scenery with aspens changing colors. 10 Scouts went to the first lake with daypacks and enjoyed the hike and the lake.
On Sunday broke camp at 8am and came down on lower trail. Steeper and very rocky. Arrived at trailhead at 11am. Had a simple church service and headed home. All had a great time. Temps during the day were in the mid to upper 70’s, night down to mid 40’s. No rain and no clouds. There was no moon so stargazing was phenomenal.
Great trail for all to enjoy, highly recommend it!

hiking
2 months ago

Rough terrian but 100% worth it!

Beautiful trail, aspens, and lakes.

Great hike. The aspen are GORGEOUS now. However when you get to the sign that says Rainbow trail and points both right and left, go right. You have to be a Mt. Goat to do the left trail. We lost quite a bit of time going that way then turning around to find the right trail. Didn't make it to the lake so are heading back next Sat.

hiking
2 months ago

We took the swift creek trail which led to a sign and we took the Lake of the Clouds trail marked 3.75 .. it was probably 6-8 miles total from the trailhead to the gorgeous lake. We walked through the aspens and the leaves were changing to gorgeous yellow and orange. The lake was crystal clear perfect for trout fishing.

hiking
2 months ago

This trip is a strong uphill on a trail that is overwhelmed with rocks and hard to get into a good flow. For 4 miles you are in trees with glimpses of mountains but no real view until the top. Once at the top it is pretty but I don't feel it is worth the effort required compared to other hikes in the area.

Plus side is the drive in is on pavement most of the way. Downside is you have to dodge horse crap in the parking lot

backpacking
2 months ago

Great trail. The last half mile before the lake is quite steep and difficult. The lake is beautiful and well worth the effort.

Does anyone know if there is dispersed camping on the way up?

hiking
3 months ago

Hiked August 28. 5.1 miles up to the lake and 5.1 miles down according to my garmin. First 1.5 miles of switchbacks are steep and sandy but doable. Clear trail all the way. Great mountain lake and waterfall. Saw woodpeckers, picas, marmots and a bighorn sheep.

hiking
3 months ago

We hiked about 3.5 miles up-for a round trip of 7 miles-on August 29. Gorgeous trail. Some aspen groves up on the mountain and on the trail starting to go golden. Saw one person starting ahead of us and one person on our way down. Puppy dog loved all the smells. Creek crossings easy.

Near death experience. I am an experienced climber and i lost visibility and dropped elevation only to end up in an extremely dangerous position. Had to take detour just to find safe way down in elevation. Ended up having to walk 13 miles all the way around tree line back to the cars

I don’t know if anybody else experienced this or used the navigation on this site for directions, but you have to go a good couple miles past where the directions say “you have arrived.”

hiking
3 months ago

We (my wife, 9yo son and 6yo daughter) started this hike from the Hayden Creek Campground about three miles down the Rainbow Trail. As a result this was a 10-11 mile hike but we avoided the long, bumpy drive to the Bushnell trailhead. The Rainbow section is a steady, mild ascent but pretty easy most of the way. We saw mountain bike tracks but passed none on this sunny weekday.

The switch to the Bushnell Lake trail is well signed. The first 8/10 of a mile is the steepest Clark mb, an unrelenting 1000 ft of altitude over loose rocky ground but then one gets the first views of the valley below and peaks above. The next half mile is flatter, drier and in and out of the trees. This is followed by another easier ascent to the first lake, which is fed by a waterfall from the second lake. I took a quick dip in the lake to cool off and we watched the trout for a while. Pretty good sized fish for a small lake. As it was getting late in the day we returned from here. The whole trip took about 8 1/2 hours and the pool at Curry’s felt great!

backpacking
3 months ago

Awesome dispersed camping spot in an aspen grove about ~4 miles into the trail on the left marked by a post if you’re headed to the lake.

hiking
3 months ago

Amazing hike!

Excellent trail for beginners. Tons of wildlife and scenic views. Overall a great experience and will definitely go back.

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