Explore the most popular nature trips trails in South San Juan Wilderness with hand-curated trail maps and driving directions as well as detailed reviews and photos from hikers, campers and nature lovers like you.

Beetle kill trees along the beginning but stunning 360 view at the end. Changing aspens were a treat.

Beautiful hike with great views. Worth repeating any time. This is must do hike. Put it on your list.

20 days ago

This trail is great until you reach a big group of rocks/boulders, my dogs & I decided to turn around at this point...

Outstanding 360 degree views of Rocky Mountain peaks. Was just under 3 miles up and 3 miles down. Took us about 3 hours to do the whole thing. Well worth it once you get to the peak!!! It’s pretty forresty and shady, but the trees are pretty dead once you’re up at the top of the ski lift. Truly one of my favorites though.

I absolutely loved this hike! We started on a Saturday around 6pm right after a major hail storm so the trail was covered with about 1-2” of hail. Made for a wet, sloshy but unique experience. Saw pikas, marmots, Clark’s nutcrackers, ravens, and even a set of weasels!

This time of day was magical! The sun cast golden hues on the mountains the entire hike. We didn’t make it to the Peak because it started getting dark. But the open meadows at the top literally took my breath away. one of my new favorite spots. So peaceful ...not another person on the trail!

Setting varies from shady woods to open rock fields and meadows. Could hear some highway noise for the first 1/2 mile or so but not terrible.

We walked down the ski slope to shorten the time so we’d get back before dark. It was just amazing overall. Can’t wait to go back and go all the way to Alberta Peak! We went about 4 miles round trip, in the hail and mud in just over 2 hours. Loved it!

Beautiful trail, and not very difficult or long. The whole hike took me 2.5 hrs, not stopping often or long. I didn't keep track of time, but the first lift tower for Wolf Creek could probably be reached at 30 min, and that is a good view a s beautiful hike in itself. There was an offshoot for Treasure Mountain. I'm not sure where that is but have a good guess it was the beautiful neighboring peak to the west. You could also continue to keep following the continental divide. Stunning views.

I only give it 2 stars because I wad by able to access this. There is about an 11 mile dirt road with tons of bumpy ridges to get there. You don't need clearance, but if you have an old car you may have to take it slow. My car was shaking so badly from the ridges in the road I had to turn around because it was going to take 40-60 minutes getting there...going 10 mph.

We went in the middle of July and it's infested by aggressive blood thirsty flies, most likely because of the horses defecating along the narrow trail all day long.

The beginning of the trail is very steep and hard, I don't know how this trail is classified as easy... be ready for 45 minutes to 1 hour of climbing up and up while hundreds of flies will be all over you. We came back half way because we were too tired but mostly because of the flies. Off sprayed on us would still not keep them away. The place is beautiful and peaceful though.

I did this hike with 2 other grown women and our 18yo daughters and their friends. The views are spectacular. The trail is well maintained, with just 2 downed trees that were easy to get around. It was easy walking, but a lot of elevation gain. It took us about 5 hours to hike it, but we stopped for a lot of pictures and we were not acclimated to the altitude.

I rated this a 4 and not a 5 because there was a lot of man-made stuff to distract from the views. Truck noise from the highway, backhoes and pile drivers working on the ski lifts. The trail basically follows the upper boundary of a ski area. But otherwise a very nice day hike.

1 month ago

I would definitely not rate this trail as easy. Maybe a light moderate. We had several less experienced members of our group turn back early. Trail is defined but it is much longer than 3.8 miles. We hiked approximately 6 miles one way, so 12 total. Beautiful views of the river and some of the mountains. Definitely recommend good hiking boots, lots of water, and a camera!

Great 2.5 hour out and back. Trail was easy to follow with only one down tree i can remember. Scenery along the ridge at the top of the hill is phenomenal. Loved to lush meadows as well and seeing the ol chair lifts. My German Shepherds loved this hike.

2 months ago

A great hike. This time of year a hat, sunscreen and plenty of water is a must. This hike would be ideal earlier in the morning. We went in late afternoon and it was hot because there is very little tree coverage on the trail itself at that time. It follows a beautiful, strong stream with lots of pretty flowers, raspberries etc. Pretty rocky in some areas so good shoes would be best.

Pack sunblock and plenty of water. Beautiful hike along the waterway.

Especially fun to end up at the top of the mountain at the Wolf Creek chairlift.

This was such a fun hike! There are lots of dead trees, but honestly, all the grass and wildflowers make you forget those. It’s so fun to hike part of the Continental Divide Trail in a really pretty spot. We did an easy scramble onto the top of Alberta Peak, which was also fun.

The peak isn’t marked, so look at pictures of it so you recognize it when you come upon it. It’s recognizable if you know what you’re looking for! A big pile of rocks, that is.

Also spied three pika. That was super exciting.

2 months ago

Fantastic trail continuously following mountain stream—best stream track we’ve ever done! Lots of falls and continuous babbling, rushing water sounds. I agree, leans more to moderate. Narrow, rocky, w one rock slide area where you just have to climb through the rocks. Saw a fox and chipmunks!

2 months ago

Great forest and creek views.

Great hike. Glad we had our jackets when we reached the top. There are several trees down across the trail on the first half, but are easy to get over, around, or under. Our German Shepherd had no problems.

Fun, great views, not too difficult. Brought the dog and he loved the small snow banks along the way. Accidentally walked past Alberta Peak initially then turned back and did the "scrambling" up to the top which was a highlight!

Great hike on well marked trail. Follows the Continental Divide. Had to climb over, under or go around fallen trees in the beginning. Recommend a warmer jacket and beanie for the top portion of the hike - was windy and cold for about a mile at the top portion of the hike. You can continue to follow the trail beyond the peak area.

Beautiful hike along the river. Gorgeous views of river, little waterfalls, wildflowers and surrounding trees. Recommend sturdy shoes. I would rate this trail as moderate. Beginning of trail is uneven ground and rocky and trail gets narrow in places. Uphill and down hill. I did 4.9 miles round trip but the trail can be made longer. Easy to follow trail.

First trail in Co with my 3 yr old. We made it to the waterfall and walked/climbed to the base of it! It was beautiful! We did 3.77 total.

Great hike. You essentially end up above the ski slopes of Wolf Creek. Amazing panoramic views, worth the hike. When you park the trail is to the left, when you cross a small wooden bridge you are on CDT. Go left. About 1/3 mile out you can cross over a couple down trees on what looks to be a road. It is a ski slope and is the most direct way up if you want hurry up. Then you can come back on the CDT for different views on the backside of the mountains for a makeshift loop.

Stunning views once you clear the first half of the trail. There are around 10 downed trees towards the early part of the climb. The trail map appears to have been made walking up the ski runs that run parallel to the trail and the trail felt quite a bit longer than the published distance.

3 months ago

This was a beautiful hike. Peaceful and only one other group on the trail. Our dog loved it. The rushing creek was beautiful to listen to and watch. There are some goo places to sit on rocks and just enjoy.

My favorite trail in Pagosa! If you catch it right there are some beautiful fairy flowers end of May early June.

I’ve hiked this trail three times, all in August. Its biggest difficulty is that the first part is heavily used by cattle, so as you are struggling up the early steeper part of the trail you must also contend with wall to wall slop. After a mile or so this is not such a problem. Overall not a difficult trail with pretty scenery. The lake is lovely, maintained by beavers. I’d give this trail 4 stars if it weren’t for the muck.

If this hike was easy, would hate to see hard. Fairly steep in places with some very narrow passages on the edge. Beautiful except for all the dead pine trees. The "creek" is almost a river and the wildflowers were lovely. Highly recommend, but not if you aren't in reasonable shape. Not sure where turnaround was. We hiked over 2 miles and trail kept going.

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