Explore the most popular snowshoeing 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.

This trail would be great for a local person just looking for exercise, rather than a tourist looking to experience the views and scenery that the area is known for. The trail is relatively flat but the All Trails distance description from the parking area they mention to Ilium is actually longer - about 6.5 miles round trip. There is quite a bit of road noise and limited views of the waterfalls without taking a detour off the main trail. A portion of the hike is along the rivers edge but there the trail is running through private land so you can’t actually get to the water. I would recommend looking elsewhere if you’re looking for a hike in this area. And yes, signs posted everywhere - “no dogs”.

Now one of my favorite 14ers!
If you have 4 wheel drive and high clearance try to go as far up this road as you can! It will help eliminate you hiking up the whole road to get to the trail head! If you can make it far up that road, you will thank yourself on the way back down

Loved it. First time off road with a Jeep and wasn’t to bad.

off road driving
17 days ago

This was our first trail on our visit to Ouray. The trail starts off pretty easy and gets rockier the father you go up. We got to the top portion where the sign states short wheel base, high clearance only past this point. We are driving a lifted Tacoma and a lifted 4 Runner, so we figured we would attempt it. We made it up a couple of the switch backs, but then decided to not push any further as it was raining and sleeting and traction was not great on the rocks. We turned around and headed back down. It was a beautiful trip, even if we didn't make it all the way to the top.

Favorite 14er so far

off road driving
18 days ago

Absolutely beautiful views and such a fun drive up the mountain. Saw some wildlife and experienced spectacular views. Would 100% do it again and maybe go camping.

backpacking
22 days ago

A hidden gem in my opinion. Packed in and camped at the top of the lower valley. Had the Canyon to ourselves. As others have said, the trail is not well marked.
For day hike, we scrambled up the drainage and eventually met up with another trail that follows the perimeter. Learned that this trail can be found if you take a right turn on to a single-trek trail off the main road you come in on. The trail was a saving grace after scrambling through the scree field. Be prepared for quick weather changes at this time of the year.
Eventually scrambled to the saddle for a view of Island Lake. All in all, a beautiful Labor Day adventure.

off road driving
23 days ago

Great 4wd drive. Great views. loved the waterfalls.

Beautiful views.

hiking
1 month ago

This is a cute- short trail with great views. Good for little ones to feel like an explorer. Can take Big Billies Trail back towards The Peaks- though that's an incline with no shade, fyi.

Hardest hike/climb I've done so far for it's distance (started 6 miles down), amazing view at the top, well worth it.

It was an unending stairclimber until it became a climb instead of a hike.

Have you ever heard of the boy who cried wolf getting eaten?
Don't try to take your 2wd low clearance rental car up this one, you may have to back up 50ft straight.
Class 3 scrambling? It actually exists and you can learn what it is on this trail. Some very exposed maneuvers, try to stay on the shale going up and don't trust any rock regardless of size.

Remember the dirt roads you took up to the actual trailhead sign, you'll see many options going downward.

Somehow the waterfalls were ignored by nearly everyone. They made the area way more than just a crowded 14er for me.

Start early to avoid the crowds renting Jeeps. 8:30am summit, a few other people. 9am summit, a dozen with more on their way up.

I saw a medium-small dog make it up, but he had to be passed between group members at the very top section (Larger dogs probably wouldn't make this section either). I heard him bark a good amount on their way down, I'm assuming out of fear.

This was definitely a tough hike! If you don’t have a high-clearance vehicle be prepared to hike about 7-8 miles in & out. Once you finally get to the actual trail, there’s a deceiving sign that says 1.2 miles to the summit—it’s pretty much a straight incline up the full 1.2 miles and there are rocks/boulders that fall while you’re hiking up. Since the hike is so steep, the rocks slip constantly so we recommend a helmet, like some people had, and possibly hiking poles for the trip back down. Heading back down was honestly the hardest part because it puts a lot of stress on your knees. There are several false summits so be prepared! When you finally reach the top & are close to the summit, you’ll have to scramble through a tight notch to reach the actual summit. Get someone to help you because that part can be tricky—especially if you’re hiking alone. All in all, it’s a beautiful mountain & I promise you’ll remember the hike forever.

off road driving
1 month ago

Great views. Can be tricky with loose rock and off camber sections. Worth the time.

Challenging hike/ climb, but one of my favorite 14-ers ever. Beautiful views and totally worth it. Be prepared to climb/ scramble.

Great trail. Scenic and a good trail for your first one.

Great in an out trail! At the end of the trail don’t go up and cut across the meadow to get down. It’s prettier just to go in and back.

hiking
1 month ago

Awesome hike. Scramble up the saddle and drop into island and ice lakes.

off road driving
1 month ago

Went early and avoided tourist traffic. Easy 2wd until the last ¼ and hen aired down and put in 4 hi most of the time. A few spots needed 4 low and we stayed in low most of the way down during the steep part. Great hiking and views at the top. Next time we are there we’ll try some of the basins to the south of the trail. Stock Sahara, 32 AT no lift.

I may not be socially acceptable with the hikers and mtn bikers but I also ride a trail bike, legal in July and August, on this trail. Huge aspens, views wildlife and a few streams and few miles of road in the middle to cool off. I had a 650 dr dualsport with loaded saddlebags (not recommended) but still made the ride through and really enjoyed it. I checked surfing for the category in hopes they will put a trail bike category in someday.

This is a TOUGH hike with a short bit of Class 3 climbing required. Straight up the steepest face of boulders and scree I can recall.
Nearly everyone had trekking poles, and I found myself very jealous of that as I scrambled down excruciatingly slowly. Bring poles. Lean on them every step of descent. Get down to the upper trailhead in 1 hour instead of 2 like me.
The summit was worth the effort.

Steep elevation gain after trail sign. Had to park at lower trail head (upper section is a legit 4wd road. Saw a Tacoma get stuck and towed out). South slope is steep but solid when we did it early morning. The gully is fun bouldering on the right. depending on which side you take it’s fairly stable rocks. The v notch has solid hand holds and is mostly a mental game pretty easy to get through depending on your size. Final push has some exposure but nothing that is extreme. Strenuous climb but views are amazing.

I did this mountain biking. I had never been mountain biking before so this trail was very challenging and overwhelming. This was just because I was inexperienced. I was exhausted at the end but mostly because I was working hard and was also scared. Saw some experienced bikers pass us having a blast through the trail. Had some great views of the mountains.

We don’t know as went with our dog, since it says dog friendly on All Trails and it’s not. It’s posted that no dogs are allowed.

off road driving
2 months ago

nice hike. went down into the lower gorge around the bridges and back out. good stretches of shade and sun. some parts a little tough but mostly easy going. went with a 4 and 7 year old who were capable for this.

2 months ago

The 12.2 miles shown on the map is actually Eider Creek +part of Deep Creek+Mill Creek+part of Jud Wiebe trails. The Eider Creek portion is steep up hill. The other parts, not so much. The big drawback is that you have to walk up a boring road to get to the Eider Creek trailhead.

Rode this trail with 17yr old son, and what a Great ride! First part is a little grueling with the climb, but well worth the effort for some great down hill biking. Recommend for Intermediate to Advanced riders only. Awesome views of Telluride.

My husband took the Jeep up, no problem and I hiked to the lake with the dog. Easy hike, gorgeous views

Wow this was a tough climb. After being at altitude for six days, I thought I was ready for a 14er. This hike kicked my tail but I was so impressed with the guidance from AllTrails. The pics and reviews helped my prep towards success.

Awesome trail and vistas!! The last 100 yards or so... a real bummer, rocky and steep.

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