Explore the most popular mountain biking 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.

walking
2 months ago

Very scenic, with tight switchbacks. I've driven Black Bear several times. Yes, you must aware of your surroundings, but you don't need to air down or need a spotter. Your on a Mountain made of rock and can't get stuck, unless mechanically deficient.

Bring a camera and a lunch. Bridal Falls is a must! You drive past it toward the end. Enjoy the scenic views and bask in the beauty of Colorado! I've done Hole in the Rock in Utah. There you must air down. Very steep crevices.

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.

Great trail, awesome views and not as hard as people make it out to be if you pay attention to the trail

beautiful views of red mountain

off road driving
6 months ago

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

off road driving
6 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!

off road driving
6 months ago

Heavy 1 ft snow at the top
Too difficult for a stock
Had to return from just .5 miles from the top
Will be back for sure

off road driving
7 months ago

Beautiful views but you need to be a confident off roader without a fear of heights. Tight steep switchbacks are tricky.

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

very small trail, super beautiful and secluded from town

off road driving
7 months ago

hiking
7 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.

easy hike - gorgeous view!! we had the place to ourselves on an august afternoon!! so pretty

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

off road driving
8 months ago

If you make one wrong move it's over. Don't kid yourself. Don't think owning cool equipment can make up the difference. The 'Steps'... you will slip left toward the creek some 20 feet ish below the ledge. This is your first wake up moment. It's gonna get real or more real. Don't begin any of this without airing down first. From here to the falls is seriously for people who have experience only. Given all this, if you still feel this is for you, then proceed lol. Stay safe.

off road driving
8 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.

Short and easy for anyone. Nice waterfall~

off road driving
8 months ago

We took 550 from Ouray at the bottom we air down to half the tires capacity to grip and smooth the ride. From the beginning this is a moderate trail with many switchbacks but enough room to pass by others from the opposite direction. Then you will come up to an area with signage saying from here on it is a one way road, so from there on you are committed to it. Check the weather before going if you are serious otherwise you could spend a lot of time waiting for it to clear! Next, the moderate trail narrows and you will come to a fork in the road, if you take the right fork the road will become a rocky and lead to a 4 foot steep rock stepped waterfall that you have to climb over....we did fine in our stock 4 door jeep rubicon although you could get into trouble depending on your approach. The safe way is to take the left fork which is an easy loop around the obstacle both connect and go to black bear pass.

At the summit it flattens out with plenty of parking....so you can take your time and take in the beautiful scenery! The road continues moderate for a few miles until you see Telluride down in the valley at this point the trail becomes difficult. Look for the old cables in the air across the trail this signals the start of "the steps". The trail narrows and this area has a canyon to the left with jagged slate rocks to your right, also the trail drops down at a 45 degree angle and tilts towards the drop off. The trail is huge steps of slate, you must go slow and it will push the capacity of stock 4x4, 4wd low with downhill assist and disconnected sway bar is highly recommended!! If you don't have downhill assist put your emergency brake on about 3 clicks!! After surviving the steps the switchbacks begin, the first switchback is the hardest and a spotter is suggested, but you must back up to make the turns on several of them, each of the switchbacks are fairly tight but they get easier as you go. Once you reach bridal falls the road is no longer one way and you will meet local traffic of vehicles, ATV's, motorcycles and hikers. The trail takes right into Telluride!!

Happy trails.....we experienced rain and hail on our trek doing this trail!!

Ps....the closest gas station we found to add air up our tires was a mile and half north of Telluride!

off road driving
8 months ago

Epic scenery and a road that will keep you honest. The connections to Animas Forks and Gladstone, which in turn get you to Silverton add immeasurable opportunities to sightsee and really appreciate Mother Nature at its finest!

off road driving
8 months ago

Epic scenery and a road that will keep you honest. The connections to Animas Forks and Gladstone, which in turn get you to Silverton add immeasurable opportunities to sightsee and really appreciate Mother Nature at its finest!

beautiful falls, short walk from the parking area

hiking
9 months ago

Amazing views and gorgeous wildflowers

off road driving
9 months ago

This is an amazing place to be. Been over the whole trail a few times and back over Imagine or Orphir pass. Or just to the top. The scenery is beautiful! Only experienced off road drivers and can't be afraid of heights. The pucker factor is very high. Just have a good short wheelbase 4X4, pay attention and you will be fine.

off road driving
9 months ago

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

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
9 months ago

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

hiking
9 months ago

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

off road driving
10 months ago

Fun drive. First time four wheeling. Own a Jeep Wrangler Unlimited, no lift. Got high centered on a snowy patch at the top and needed some friendly folks from New Mexico to help pull me out. Flowers were not in full bloom though. Looks like they are going to be great in a couple of weeks. I'm new at it, but I'm guessing this drive is not too tough for the experienced drivers. Definitely gets more challenging and fun at the top. My kids (teens) loved it. Lots of great places to stop and take photos.

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