Explore the most popular horseback riding 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
13 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.

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

2 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
4 months ago

Fairly easy trail but one of our favorites in the area. We did it in a stock jeep unlimited sport with no problems. Great views. Passes by the waterfall they use in the Coors commercials.

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.

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

Gorgeous scenery. Easy for high clearance Jeep.loved it.

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!

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

A little creepy in the dark! We drove up at 5am in an Acura sedan, made it just fine!

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.

off road driving
8 months ago

Had a great trip and amazing scenery. Took the Jeep all the way to the top with no problems. Beautiful trail with Twin Falls and many other sights along the way.

Great morning hike

Beautiful but challenging

9 months ago

Love this hike!!! Do it, you will not regret it!!!

hiking
9 months ago

Awesome hike my first 14er! Wildflowers blooming all over so gorgeous!

off road driving
9 months ago

This IS the place for taking pictures. We will go back with that in mind. We prefer the Ouray to Yankee Boy to Imogene to Telluride route. Late lunch in Telluride. Then your preference back.

One of the best hikes in Colorado! Numerous waterfalls, terrific views once you get above treeline, and if you get there in July you'll get to see fantastic meadows in full bloom! Be prepared for some vertical effort, as I calculated this as 15+ miles round trip from the end of Aspen St. The only thing this hike misses is wildlife (ex: elk, moose, sheep), so if you're looking for that I'd suggest spending some time in RMNP on trails such as Mt. Ida.

hiking
10 months ago

Wow! The most beautiful 14er we've done. Wild flowers in full bloom. Mountain steams, waterfalls, and amazing views from the saddle to the summit. A must.

The 2,000 ft. elevation gain and numerous switchbacks makes this a more strenuous hike for occasional hikers, but has some great views of Ouray and the surrounding scenery (Shout out to Sneffels who looks grand from just about anywhere but real shines on this route!). I hiked up from downtown Ouray and left around 7am so my walk up would be in the shade and solitudinous. I achieved both, and didn't encounter other hikers until around 10:30 when I was half way back down. Some parts of the switchbacks may seem a little narrow for novice hikers, just make sure your shoes/boots have decent traction and you'll be in good shape.

backpacking
10 months ago

This was an absolutely amazing hike complete with wildflowers, multiple waterfalls and some snow field crossings when we hit 12,500 ft. even in July. Including the trails to get to Sneffles Highline to/from Telluride this tripe was easily over 15 miles and is a loop. Highly recommended.

hiking
10 months ago

Amazing views and gorgeous wildflowers

hiking
10 months ago

Switchbacks are tough on the way up, but so worth it for the incredible views of the mine, waterfall and of Ouray.

off road driving
10 months ago

Hopefully, I'm headed up there 7/11. Will a long bed 4X4 truck make it?

10 months ago

Great hike. If you go West to East the first mile is pretty easy then the next mile or 2 are a good workout. (1300 feet of ascent) Then it gently rolls until you hit Mill Creek. Mainly forest hiking but you get some great views from the rock slide clearings.

hiking
10 months ago

Great views of Ouray. If you're physically fit, it's pretty easy. If you're out of shape, but take your time, you can do ok. Nothing too crazy.

hiking
10 months ago

Aspen groves, meadows, a waterfall and views from ridge line. This trail is great.

hiking
10 months ago

There are better trails around town for hikers. This has some nice views and varying terrain, but probably better for mountain biking.

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