Explore the most popular dogs on leash 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.

1 month ago

hard trail. well worth it. Id really like to go back and loop it overnight to bear creek.

A highway is not a trail.

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!

Did this hike on December 16, 2017 during a month lacking normal snowfall. Although there wasn't much snow on the road leading up to Bridal Veil Falls, we weren't able to drive all the way up to Bridal Veil Faills. We had a 4WD vehicle but didn't want to attempt it with the icy sections (and we're glad we didn't). We hiked two miles up to Bridal Veil Falls and continued on to Blue Lake.

There were plenty of areas completely void of snow on the trail, but as we got higher, the icy sections increased. Microspikes were very helpful, but my husband did the entire hike without them. The trail was steep the entire way, but easy to navigate until about two miles in.

When the ground became covered in snow, we just continued to follow tracks that apparently follow Bridal Veil Creek up to Lewis Lake. We followed this incorrect trail until we reached a high point and thought we would run into the lake and there was nothing but an icy basin (not very scenic in the winter and we never reached Lewis Lake, which was even further past the steep section we hiked).

We turned around and eventually saw that we missed the sharp left turn on the trail because there were no other tracks on the trail. This turn off was probably somewhere around mile 2, but we have no idea for sure.

We continued on the correct trail up to Blue Lake and this last mile or so up to the lake was very steep and icy. The lake was gorgeous and icy, but after getting lost, we didn't have time to hang out before racing back down before sunset. I get the sense that this hike would be much prettier and scenic in the summer when the creek isn't icy and the trail isn't buried in patches of snow, but the winter hike was alright, too.

My husband and I tried this trail for the 1st time on 12/7/17. Mostly clear of snow and ice, the downhills weren’t all that bad but if it was wetter it could be bad in spots. We really enjoyed it and plan to do it with snowshoes or at least try it.

worth the hike! beautiful

off road driving
6 months ago

Rode it for the first time in October 2017 on a large adventure motorcycle (BMW R1200 GS) with two friends. Had just come off the road by Silver Jack Reservoir, which was a dirt highway compared to this. This was by far one of the best roads ever. Water crossings (there were about three) were no problem. At one, we ran across a family dressed in Sunday best. Hilarious. This is a popular getaway for folks from Telluride. We took it from the Ridgway side. The aspens were out. Do check out https://goo.gl/e6tAqn for some awesome pics. We came over this ridge, and started down into the valley, and never having been there before, we were thinking we were coming into Telluride, but then you see that there's not much at the bottom, and you see the road heading back up the other side of this beautiful valley, and once you top the next ridge, it's clear you are now coming into town, with the airport below and the state highway. Really cool ride. Totally doable on a big GS if you are experienced, stand on the pegs and counter-balance in turns. Some very rocky sections you have to power through, and, like I said, a few water crossings that can leave you and your bike with that adventure biking look. Haha. Muddy as heck walking into the New Sheridan for our $200+/night rooms!

7 months ago

Incredible hike, stunning views... can't wait to do this again!!!

Great trail with huge views! Agree with Tom and Alison's review, below, that the description and map are confusing. Out and back distance of 16 miles from Lizard Head Pass to junction with Cross Mountain Trail (below Lizard Head Peak), then back, sounds about right. But although there's plenty of uphill, elevation gain is nothing close to 5900 feet - map shows it's about half that, and that's what it felt like to me.
Saw nice flock of White-winged Ptarmigans - rather than taking flight at my approach, they "hid" from me, just a few feet away, some of them hunkered down right in the trail. Cool!

Unique hike, with a cool foot bridge

There is NO Trail, it's just 550 N going to Grand Junction!

Went from ridgeway to telluride... AMAZING!!!! We drove a Kia Sarento and had no problems at all.. husband did great job navigating rocks and puddles!!! The views are stunning and massive!! Many spots with overlooks for picnic or just resting and looking out across the mtns and listening to the aspens!!!

8 months ago

Beautiful lake with tons of wildflowers, marmots and old mining equipment. Definitely worth the hike up - I recommend driving to the base of bridal veil for the hike - otherwise it'd be a tad long.

wonderful tour, very crowded

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.

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One of my favorite 14ers (25)! 4x4 trail is rugged but if you can start from the upper parking lot....it's one of the best hikes imaginable. Best views of the San Juan Mt. Range!!!!

trail running
9 months ago

Gorgeous!!! Beautiful rolling green slopes. Brutally up hill on the way there but manageable. There even some little kids with their parents coming down as we went up. If you have to walk the 5 miles up to the trailhead it adds a lot so be prepared.

9 months ago

Amazing and diverse hike!! Beautiful scenery. Saw a beautiful buck in full velvet as we reached first ridge of trail. Make sure you're prepared for drastic changes in weather. Good boots and poles. Did this hike a couple weeks ago. Storms come in and out quickly and can linger in the mountains. We encountered rain pretty steady with hail and an intense temperature drop. Not the mention lightning. None of which dampened our excitement in reaching our final destination. Saw a few through hikers but had trail mostly to ourselves. Be aware that reaching the trailhead requires or I would definitely recommend a four wheel drive vehicle. You have to cross Dexter Creek or it adds a couple extra miles. The trail itself is a steady uphill of 3000 feet so adding that two miles of I think 6-700 more feet would be gruesome. Don't miss this one!! Unforgettable scenery and experience!! A local favorite they call "Bridge of Heaven". Once you get to top you'll definitely see why!!

Did this hike with my husband, our dog, and three year old. I thought this was a great first hike for us to get acclimated in Ouray. Loved the "bath tubs" section and we even kept going a little further up. Would recommend for family's and dogs.

5 stars if you're with a small kid!

this is a beautiful trail..sometimes the indications are not clear so you should look around. I think that the distances are longer as shown bur we recommend to enjoy this views and the nature.

Loved everything about this hike minus the 4 mile drive to the TH and out.

Very unique falls, well worth the very short walk

9 months ago

Grass was a little overgrown so pants are definitely recommended, even in the summer months. We ended up taking a detour to the Alpine View and it was gorgeous!

9 months ago

Easy for sure but a long trail with lots to see on the way! many side trails to check out in the wooded areas of the road! Was a nice detour to get from telluride to hwy 62! easy cruise in 2wheel drive the entire way.

9 months ago

We went just to the green open area just about 1.8 miles up the trail. It was incredible! You got 360 degree views of Ouray all the way out to Ridgway and beyond. You can also go down into the town of Ouray from the green meadow area!

10 months ago

Hiked up to Bridge of Heaven (4.2 miles from trailhead above Dexter Creek); A like the moderate climb through both aspen and pine; you hike through several open meadows which are fairly warm by mid-day; still, you pop back into shaded areas frequently so you can cool off again. There are several scenic panoramas along the way, and the 360 view from the top is dramatic even for this area. over the years, they have re-cut the trail to add some switchbacks. Resist the temptation to take the old "short cuts" and you'll be rewarded with some bonus views, a more gradual ascent, and a *much* easier descent (my knees and joints thanked me). One teensy pile of snow covered a switchback on July 17 (one step on snow and I was across it). The views are most dramatic at the top, but for much of the way down you'll still be gazing and gawking. This remains one of my favorite hikes in the area.

loved it. pretty rock formations, beautiful water. great area.

Not too long, good distance to elevation ratio. Some loose rock spots, but nothing too tough.

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