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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.

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!

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!

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.

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.

worth the hike! beautiful

off road driving
4 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

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

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.

backpacking
6 months ago

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

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
6 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
6 months ago

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

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

off road driving
7 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.

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
7 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
7 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

hiking
7 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.

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!

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

wonderful tour, very crowded

very small trail, super beautiful and secluded from town

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