Looking for a great trail in Uncompahgre National Forest, Colorado? AllTrails has 62 great hiking trails, trail running trails, mountain biking trails and more, with hand-curated trail maps and driving directions as well as detailed reviews and photos from hikers, campers, and nature lovers like you. Ready for some activity? There are 28 moderate trails in Uncompahgre National Forest ranging from 1.7 to 143 miles and from 7,552 to 13,188 feet above sea level. Start checking them out and you'll be out on the trail in no time!

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hiking
2 days ago

Poor train markings contributed to the fact that this 3.6 mile hike turned into more like 8 miles. Ha. Not too funny when we got to the end. We were pretty tuckered out.

Beautiful trail, so many waterfalls. I live in Phx, az area, altitude made this tough. It felt much longer than it was. The way back down was a breeze, some loose rock, careful where you step. There were very few flat portions of trail, either all up or all down. It is one of the prettiest trails I've been on. soooo many wild flowers!!! (mid August)

off road driving
no shade
rocky
3 days ago

Excellent, back to back with Ophir. Definitely preferred this one for the views and technical challenges. Moderate, everything can be done in a stock rig with decent clearance and low range.

I liked this trail, and maybe I was tired from doing Cross Mountain (great trail) yesterday, but I thought it was a bit of a workout. My Garmin said 1300 total ascent and 3.4 miles. It has beautiful views down to Telluride from several angles, the ski sloped and across to Ajax Peak and Ingram and Bridal Falls. On the NE corner of the loop trail, you get a good look at Mt Sneffels and the high pass over to the Blue Lakes on the other side of the mountains in the Sneffels Wilderness. There is a lot of loose gravel on the steeper sections so poles are not a bad idea, but it is good trail all the way.

hiking
rocky
scramble
3 days ago

off road driving
rocky
scramble
snow
3 days ago

Beautiful drive. Helped out someone who drove off the trail. Then they rolled it off the trail. Fun day though!

Great trail but extremely challenging, if you’re not from the area I’d recommend giving yourself a few days to acclimate as this trail is all uphill with very few areas that level out to catch your breath. Bring plenty of water and give yourself at least 6 hours to complete. I also recommend walking sticks, either found in nature or bring your own as you’ll be glad you have them on the descent. The views are amazing and worth the effort!

hiking
no shade
rocky
scramble
5 days ago

My first 14er and it was awesome! Our Subaru Forester made it 0.4 miles past the bathroom parking lot before we decided that was as far as we’d take it. It was a big big help going with someone who had done it before-I’d highly recommend that if possible. We hiked up past wright lake then up towards blue lakes pass before cutting over to Sneffels. The climb was difficult but completely doable if you take your time. I’m a big guy at 240lbs and found the V notch a little challenging to figure out. It has good holds, just had to wedge myself in there correctly. Surprisingly our decent down to the base took longer than the ascent. Very loose rock coming down, be extra careful with your footing. GORGEOUS views at the top. Purchase an app called “PeakFinder AR” so you can identify peaks at the top. Great hike!

This hike was world class but was hard to figure out ahead of time. The bottom line is how you get up to what they call the "power station". It is almost 3 miles and 2000 vertical climb up this power station, which is above the famous Bridal Veil Falls. That needless climb is all on a semi-graded road called The Black Bear Road. It is one of the most famous jeep roads in America. And in the last two weeks, it has been vastly improved with repair work up to at least the Bridal Veil Falls and can be traversed with a good high-clearance jeep all the way up to the power station, which is where the road becomes one-way in the other direction, from across the mountain in Ouray. So here is the trick. DO NOT park at the AllTrails trailhead down by the old Mine, which is one-half mile past the end of the paved road out of Telluride. That is where they want you to park. But if you have anything other than a sedan, you can drive much higher than that if you get there early. Much higher. You can park at the Falls or even higher. But don't take a chance. Go to the Visitors Center and schedule a shuttle all the way up to the power plant. That saves you almost 3 miles and 1900 foot ascent, which is 5.5 miles total (up and back). That is critical. We parked down by the old mine, and it added 2000 feet and 5.5 miles to the hike to the top of Ajax! We did it, but it sucked. You spend 70% of the hike on the famous Black Bear Pass jeep road. No! get as high as you can and then assault the Ajax. But, the hike up that jeep road is till beautiful and people were doing it from the bottom, but they were young and stupid. I am old and stupid, and I did it. Locals would NEVER walk up that mountain to Bridal Veil Falls. They would drive or be driven. But, that said, you may get up there and find no parking and have to come down. So pay someone to drive you up, or, get lucky and hitch up to the Falls or all the way up to the power plant. Any open bed pickup will pick you up. Now … the hike. World class. We did not go all the way to the summit of Ajax because I saw lightening and dark clouds, and a local told us to turn back. But we were within 400 feet vertical climb and half a mile away from the summit.... We had it. My Garmin said 12 miles round trip and 3500 foot climb. My AllTrails recorder stopped at least 4 times. Great hike. Also, no water crossings as of 16 July. Dry boots. Easy dry-boot-stone-hopping crossings. We brought water shoes to change into because of reports from a week ago of high streams. We also did not have to cross the huge snow field that blocked the pass on Black Bear road that people have been traversing for the past 4 weeks. The snow bank was still huge and present, but there is a small trail around it now. No water and no snow to cross as of today. 5 days ago? No. Big problem. Record snowfall last winter. 550 inches. This hike is famous for a reason. Do it. But don't be an idiot and walk all the way up from the old mine trailhead. That doubles the iconic hike! By the way - the same here is true for the Silver Lake and Blue Lake Hike. Be driven to the Bridal Veil Falls or higher! Also - 2 weeks ago they put in a new trail called Bridal Veil Falls that cuts across 4 switchbacks on that useless climb up from the Old Mine at the bottom. We did it on the way down. It gets you off that damn jeep road for a mile or so down low at the start. No! Be driven past that up to the Falls at least.

beautiful loop, butterflies, flowers, waterfalls

Easy and beautiful trail. Some sections you need high clearance bumpers. But there are plenty of side trails and bypasses. Definitely recommend!

This trail is one of the most beautiful I’ve ever done! There are a multitude of water falls and amazing scenery throughout. The trial is clear the entire way but it’s definitely an uphill climb at several points. Lots of beautiful flora along the path. The blue lake is absolutely astonishing!!

I love this trail! Great access, incredible views and the perfect hike if you’re visiting the Telluride area.

off road driving
rocky
6 days ago

hiking
bridge out
bugs
no shade
rocky
scramble
6 days ago

hiking
no shade
rocky
scramble
6 days ago

My first 14er! Incredible experience. PERFECT weather today. I was lucky to go with someone who has done it before-I would highly recommend it. Like most hikes, coming down was the worst part. Make sure to pack and use sunscreen! I am nice and toasty right now. Highly recommend!!

off trail
6 days ago

New favorite trail! Amazing wildflowers!

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