Explore the most popular birding trails in Uncompahgre 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.

hiking
17 days ago

Trailhead is open. Beautiful hike with stunning views! Make sure you bring trekking poles or a walking stick for the descent!

This is ONE of the BEST hiking trails in Colorado. The description says its an out and back but you can turn it into a loop trail by connecting it with Mill Creek Trail and back down to Highway 145 and back to Telluride. Great chance to see herd of Elk high up in the alpine meadows. If you want to get away form people and the crowds, this is the trail. Once you get up above Pack Basin, the crowds drop out. Cross over the pass into Mill Creek Basin and be sure to rest at the pass for incredible views. Once you start to descend Mill Creek Basin be sure to stop and enjoy the waterfall right about tree line. And you get terrific views across the valley to Mt. Wilson plateau.

off road driving
1 month ago

Definitely one of my favorite passes in Colorado. I lived there for about 7 years and have traveled over many. This one is not difficult at all with the exception of a spot or three. A must is a side trip from Camp Bird to the west up to the base of Mt Sneffels and the high alpine lakes there. IF your lucky and are there end of July early August you might catch the wildflower explosion. On a good snow pack year it might not be clear until end of July. On July 4th, they have the July 4th Ski Race at summit of the pass. Fun event.

FYI trailhead is still closed. About a mile hike from the parking lot to the trailhead.

I've hiked seven 14ers so far. This was my least favorite, but still worthwhile. I approached from Matterhorn Creek TH, as I also climbed Wetterhorn the same day.

The people I met on the trail were great!

Big exposure on top if you want it! Don't trip or slip!

3 months ago

This was my first 14er and was perfect for that, as there is less elevation gain than most and the trail is gentle. It was far more impressive scenery-wise than I expected. I've hiked 6 other 14ers since and while some others offered more interesting scrambling, wilder exposure, and so on, none quite matched the visual beauty of this hike. I did it in the late afternoon after a big morning thunderstorm, which is unusual, so I got the beautiful late light, which contributed to my experience greatly.

Lots of friendly marmots!

Don't hesitate to give this a go!

off road driving
5 months ago

Great pass

off road driving
5 months ago

Great trail lots to see not very hard, some off angle places that want to take it slow, I almost rolled my Jeep due to my own ignorance of playing around

hiking
5 months ago

Day after thanksgiving. Trail was pretty dry gorgeous views!

I hiked this beautiful trail on 10/14 after driving up from phoenix the night before. With perfect weather, I was confused why I only saw 1 other hiker the entire day! Spotted a fox and some pikas. I would recommend an ice axe to be secure in the section before the saddle. No snow past the saddle (albeit I turned around at the false summit), but lots of loose rock. So be mentally prepared to slide when coming down. The road to the TH is pretty rough for 2WD. Just before big bear creek (which was very low), there was a giant pothole taking up the road filled with water. With the right vehicle, I would imagine it would be fun! But I parked immediately after that and hiked the remaining distance to the TH.

beautiful views of red mountain

hiking
7 months ago

Yeah, sure...followed the directions...no trailhead marker whatsoever...

Lots of elevation gain for an absolutely breathtaking view on top. Ran into a red fox, which was cool. Most challenging and rewarding hike I've done so far.

hiking
7 months ago

Great hike with fantastic views! Steep and narrow in some areas but easily navigable. A must do if in Ouray.

off road driving
7 months ago

Beautiful Jeep road, and I mean BEAUTIFUL! Not super difficult but a couple parts might get you if you have a fear of steep drop offs. We have done all the trails around Ouray and this is our favorite. Make time to sit by Lake Como and take it all in!

Unique hike, with a cool foot bridge

Awesome hike. It's definitely tough though. I hike on a regular basis and thought this one earned its rating. Uphill the entire time. However, the views of Ouray, Mt. Sneffels and the rest of the canyon are fantastic and continue to improve the higher you go. The cherry on top is the waterfall before you hit the mine at the end. Really enjoyed this one. Took about 3.5 hours for me. I started early afternoon and didn't see another hiker the entire time!

Gorgeous trail-completely worth the climb. My husband and I did the Blue Lakes Pass route, which, although longer, has incredible views and is well worth the extra couple of hours. I wrote a complete trip report if you're interested in seeing photos and getting more information on trail conditions, gear, and general tips and tricks : http://borntobewandering.com/2017/09/15/the-ultimate-guide-to-mt-sneffels/

backpacking
8 months ago

fantastic place to get away from society. My dad and I spent a week here backpacking and the trails were great and there is plenty of spots to get water. Slide Lake isn't really a lake anymore but it's great hiking. And the fishing is good. caught some rainbows and brookies.

hiking
8 months ago

Starting out in the amphitheater campground parking lot at 7am, I made my way up the steep climb and switchbacks. This was my first "big" hike since moving to Colorado and while it was a challenge, there never was a time it overcame me. I'm moderately athletic and the hike to the mineshaft past the bunkhouse and the mine house (including many picture and water stops) took roughly 2 hours. Much faster descent, but you definitely want to watch your footing and the trail at all times. The cave system (?) or mineshaft below the wide creek crossing with the waterfall right before the bunkhouse was worth the extra 10 minutes to explore, and there is a trail leading right to it if you look close enough. Really enjoyed this hike!

Note that the trail on this app seems to keep going after the actual mineshaft past the mine building. There is nothing past the mineshaft. No trail, nothing more. Don't keep going thinking you are missing something because you aren't, it is just mislabeled on this app

This was our first 14er, and to be honest it was the most difficult thing we have accomplished yet. We started early at 540, very dark out and lights were necessary. This is mostly uphill and the trail is mostly rocks, very much a workout. It was worth it, but don't underestimate it!

wonderful tour, very crowded

very small trail, super beautiful and secluded from town

hiking
8 months ago

Its a long stretch but interesting trail- def what a prospector might use. Awesome for bikes too. The uphill is gradual and has some exposure but safe. There are 2 nasty quick hikes that are steep - otherwise its long and covers some territory. Being plenty of water. My 4 yr old crushed most of it but the 2yr old was on my shoulders so be active and somewhat experienced. Bring lots of water and a snack. Its a great bike ride but a fulfilling hike. Safe for kids. Both biking and hiking i have seen a lot of wildlife.

hiking
8 months ago

Went up September 2015. It was hard for sure. Some of the trail at the top is hard to find. Some terrain is steep with loose rocks. Caution is required. The views on a clear day are amazing and worth the hike.

Was an epic adventure going up to the peak. And coming down was a blast sliding down the dirt and rocks!

Mentally challenging
A great physical work out

Definitely a class 3. Only 1.2 miles from TH to summit but also a 2,000ft elevation gain. Hands and feet bouldering all the way to the top. And the boulders are your friend. The V notch isn't bad...people help you through it. And the summit is completely worth it. It is very steep and exposure at the V notch and a little after up to the summit!
It was my first 14er...definitely a challenge!

There is a great video on YouTube that shows the V notch...

hiking
9 months ago

I really liked this trail, steady grades, by the river, quiet, flowers, and i saw a huge bear 2 hours in..... and then quickly opted to turn around.

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