Explore the most popular wild flowers 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.

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!

hiking
4 days ago

If you drive to the trail head and park in the nearby parking lot, then the hike is only about 6.6 miles round trip. This map shows the trail head starting much further away. When we reached the end of the trail, we spent 20 minutes looking for the rest of the trail, thinking that we still had a couple of miles to go. Alas, once we were able to get cell phone reception, we realized that we WERE at the end of the trail...where it sort of dead ends near the lake.
Overall the hike was great! Lots of beautiful wildflowers. It was quite windy when we went, so I wished I had brought some warmer layers. The dogs enjoyed the patches of snow along the way. We didn't enjoy the mosquitoes as much. If we are in the area again then I would definitely hike this trail again!

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.

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.

I’ve hiked this trail 3 times, all in August. It is a religious experience to me, to be up under the sky on those miles of grassland. No bugs, but even in August there’s still a bit of a detour around that one marshy area. Not difficult except the first 3/4 mile if you’re not used to the elevation (10,000 feet). I’ve never met anyone in the trail except a sheep herder named Rego from Oaxaca and his horse.

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.

Wonderful hike. Moderate, not too hard. Does require some stream crossing. We go sun, rain and hail all in late July AND there was still snow on the ground at 10,600 feet. Beautiful trail with lots of wildflowers and gorgeous views!

Beautiful panorama. The climb is gradual and relatively smooth. The last couple hundred yards up to the peak is freeform scrambling over rocks. We felt unsure in spots.

Our round trip time was about three and a half hours including a lengthy lunch on the top

Beautiful trail. Great rewards for a not too hard hike. The views are beautiful to bad for the pine Beatles killing ALL the trees

This hike was great! I was visiting from Phoenix and was looking forward to this hike. The trail is well maintained making it easy to follow. The best part is the very end where you have to climb to the top over a bunch of boulders. Definitely make sure you do this because the views are worth it! After taking a handful of stops to enjoy the many views along the trail and eating at the top, i would say it took us about 3hrs round trip.

Loved this hike! I'm 6.5 months pregnant so it was a little strenuous for me on the incline. We made it up and back in 3 hours with several stops for photo ops. The views were spectacular, and even did the scramble to the summit. I think most people of average Fitness could do this hike. Views were definitely worth it!

Great hike with a gradual incline. Wildflower switchback corridor takes you half way, then you have great views on your way to the peak. Will definitely be a regular summer hike.

Nice moderate hike to a great view at the peak! We started at sunrise, summited and got back down in under 2 hours. You will gain most of the elevation through the woods with switch backs in the first mile, then the trail is less steep and you will be rewarded with views. My favorite part was walking along the ridge with a great view to the north. Plenty of wildlife, we saw deer, marmots, squirrels, and tons of wildflowers. Right off the highway too!

hiking
11 months ago

Made it 2.25 miles before being chased away by thunderstorm.

Amazing hike. Not much wind before the early afternoon rain. We got a little wet on the decent, but hardly even noticed. Great views'

hiking
11 months ago

Great short hike but you can go further than the map says, which we did and ended up with 4.2 miles total. The trail ended at a stream leading to the river. We saw lots of fresh elk droppings and some scat too. The river wasn't as close or gentle for our dog to drink much from but there's a few spots for them to wade in. We went in the late morning so we could avoid the afternoon thunderstorms. Only saw two other groups there. Since some of it is in a burned section, there's quite a bit of sun - use sun block and bug spray. Long pants would be nice too since there's a couple thorny plants along the trail.

Really enjoyed this trail, with fun scramble to Alberta Peak with impressive view.

Well groomed, mild grade, and pretty! Managed to make it to the continental divide post before turning around. (Small dog was tired). 5 stars if the views continue improving as the trail goes on around the rim, just didn't get to see.

Eady to moderate. A few downed trees, and it rained pretty hard which made for some slippery areas, but it was a beautiful hike.

Love this trail for a morning hike!

hiking
11 months ago

Probably one of the most beautiful hikes I have ever done! I felt kind of like singing songs from The Sound of Music as I walked along. The various little lakes are beautiful, with frogs croaking away, so many different textures of beautiful different green colors, like a carpet! Red Lake was placid and beautiful, and we saw quite a few people fishing. I do have to add, however, the mosquitoes were fierce. If you have a hard time with mosquitoes or do not cover yourself completely this can be a very unfun hike in the lower areas. I would do it again in a heartbeat!

backpacking
11 months ago

This trail was entered into AllTrails as "blue lake trail" and while it's true that it does go to Blue Lake, it's really a combination of the Conejos River Trail and the El Rito Azul trail.

The El Rito Azul section of the trail, which takes you from the confluence of the Conejos River with it's Middle Fork and North Fork tributaries to Blue Lake, is much more difficult than the Conejos River Trail section. It can be pretty steep in some spots but it's not extreme or anything. It begins to level out into some really beautiful meadows right before you get to Blue Lake.

You'll need to cross the Conejos river which will be knee length or more at its maximum! The water is moving very very fast and this can get a little dangerous. Two good trekking poles is a must! And good sandals or water shoes, as you wouldn't want to soak your boots of course and it would be too painful to go barefoot.

Once you get to Blue Lake though, it's worth it. Blue Lake is a magical place. There's LOTS of TROUT but they're SMART trout! I couldn't catch one and I tried using spinning lures.

It took only half the day to hike from Platoro to Blue Lake but we were exhausted. We camped there and the next morning we hiked down the Continental Divide Trail and took the Middle Fork Conejos Trail back to the trail head to make it a really excellent backpacking loop. Highly recommended!

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