Explore the most popular dog friendly trails in Uncompahgre Wilderness with hand-curated trail maps and driving directions as well as detailed reviews and photos from hikers, campers and nature lovers like you.

hiking
5 months ago

Really great hike. I'm sorry Kevin below didn't enjoy it as much but I thought it was really spectacular. The Aspen forest was huge, one of the largest I've seen, and the lake was gorgeous, although frozen and snowy in parts which might have added to the beauty. Perhaps early December is the time to go, if you don't mind snow. The dirt road leading to the trailhead has a few forks along the way, take the first left and stay straight the rest of the way. Also, this trail does not actually make into the wilderness boundary. Still feels like wilderness though.

Awesome payoff at end

off road driving
7 months ago

Lovely!! Lots of beautiful trees, rocks, & water:)

off road driving
7 months ago

Did this in a stock Jeep Unlimited. No problems at all. Views were amazing! I would recommend this trail to anyone.

hiking
8 months ago

Took 3.5 hrs up- lightly used trail - very beautiful

Take CR 18 back to Ouray from Animas Forks the said....... didn't realize this was Mineral Creek till we got back to camp... best trail we did all day..

off road driving
9 months ago

Miles and miles of big rocks. High clearance and low range is simply a given. At times in the Jeep we found ourselves leaned sideways enough to have at least one passenger end up crawled up on top of another lol. Maybe having to do that while edging along near cliffs at times was a bit much. It was raining and all those rocks were slippery so that might have caused some of the worry too. This is a trail where parts can get broke. We saw one blown tire and one totaled ATV. Although this trail isn't famous like some others, I would say it's very memorable!! We really can't say there was anything about this trail we would want to see again if we weren't going to Poughkeepsie.

off road driving
9 months ago

Twice through in a 2017 Ford Raptor. Some fun/tricky spots. You definitely want a high clearance 4x4 for this trail.

very nice and not to hard

off road driving
10 months ago

Easily traverse the pass with high clearance vehicle. Great views. Wild flowers are blooming.

off road driving
10 months ago

hiking
10 months ago

We have spent many summers hiking in Colorado and seen many beautiful lakes (Ice, Columbine, Blue Lakes) and gone on many beautiful hikes. Unfortunately, this was not one of my favorites or one that I would recommend. The lake was pretty, but there are prettier lakes & waterfalls to see in town. You do go through a large aspen forest, but other than that, the trail views are average. As an experienced hiker, I would say this hike leans more toward hard rather than moderate. You gain 3,000 ft in elevation quickly. We took a group of inexperienced hikers with us and it was a mistake. They really struggled. It's always fun to spend a day in the mountains, but I would say look into other hikes if possible!

off road driving
10 months ago

This is my favorite jeep trail in the San Juans. The scenery in every direction is breath taking and the adventure is unbelievable. Definitely for the experienced off road enthusiast. A good jeep gets it done!

Beautiful stunning views of the valley. Some of my favorite views around!!The first couple miles are fairly easy...lots of trees down right now though.
After you make it across the valley you begin a pretty steep but short climb to a gorgeous lookout with 360 views. We were stopped right before the switchbacks to the pass due to sketchy snow field crossings.
Totally worth the hike! Great backpack and good day hike too if you leave early!

scenic driving
10 months ago

Beautiful views!

Very beautiful little hike. I'm only giving it 4 stars because its actually only .25 mile from the trail head to the waterfall. In the beginning you stay to the right for the waterfall. There is another trail that goes left over a bridge.

hiking
11 months ago

This is a tough and worthwhile hike. Did it September of 2015 and it did not disappoint. There will parking about 1 mile or so north of the trailhead because the last bit takes quite high off-road capabilities. Jacked up jeeps and trucks should be fine but it's rough and relatively steep. Trails start is very easy as it just strolls through meadow. Don't be fooled, it gets tough a couple miles in. No shade once above treeline which is a majority of it. Bring a good hat and lots of water. Couple nice river crossings and lots of wildflowers in the right season. Again, no shade so be prepared for that. 10,000-12,000 ft with no shade can be exhausting. Toward the end of the hike is large scree field that's moderately sketchy but it's a beautiful hike. We were the only people on the trail that day. 360 views of awesome.

backpacking
Monday, September 26, 2016

Absolutely stunning trail in the Autumn...The hills were on fire with color ...& then snow. Beautiful!!!
Steady climb to be sure but worth it!!

off road driving
Thursday, August 04, 2016

This trail is tricky, and jeeps tend to roll on it. Would not recommend.

hiking
Monday, July 04, 2016

Incredible view if you continue 1/2 mile above the lake!

hiking
Friday, July 01, 2016

Scenic, lots of fun back in June 2015.

hiking
Wednesday, September 16, 2015

We hiked this trail last year with our dogs. Strenuous at times on the way up, but easy enough to jog down some sections if you are a running. Varying terrain and scenery, and the view of the lake and surrounding mountain peaks is absolutely worth the hike. This would be a great place to camp overnight on an out-and-back trip, or connect to some of the other trails and continue through the wilderness on your next day.

camping
Saturday, March 28, 2015

Hiked this trail twice. First time made it to one mile away from lake. But the views were great. Second time didn't make it to far ,but still had great views. I camped in my favorite spot when ever I go to Lake City.2003-

Sept.22-27

off road driving
Tuesday, August 27, 2013

The Poughkeepsie Gulch trail is a great, fun, and challenging trail that should only be attempted by those who how have pretty build vehicle capable of handling very tough conditions. The one obstacle which makes this trail so well known is "The Wall" which will require excellent articulation, at minimum a rear locker,and of course, low 4-wheel drive and high ground clearance. If you start this trail from Highway 550, you will actually be starting on the Mineral Creek trail which is rated as a difficult trail because it does have some narrow roads where passing is impossible and there are some rocky obstacles but a stock 4x4 SUV with high ground clearance can do this. You will eventually reach the sign where you take a left to go to Poughkeepsie Gulch and after a while you will reach a nice long climb on loose rock where 4 wheel drive and momentum is important. Soon after this though there will be one small rock obstacle which can be avoided but then you reach "The Wall". The Wall has multiple places where one can go up and I personally was able to get up without the use of a winch but there are a few winching points at the top for getting up since it is challenging. Damage is pretty common here and having rock sliders or skid plates will probably help. A spotter will also help a lot and going on this trail with others is also a smart idea. After the wall, there are more rock obstacles but none as intense as the wall, and once you reach Lake Como, that is the end of the trail!

off road driving
Friday, July 12, 2013

Jeeped this one as part of the Alpine Loop. Not too hard, but some tricky switchbacks here and there. I always recommend people not take stock 4x4 vehicles on these mountain passes; rent a proper Jeep or ATV. But if you think you can do it, don't let me stop you. I just think it's a bad idea. Definitely no passenger cars....that's just plain dumb.

off road driving
Friday, July 12, 2013

Jeeped this one as part of the Alpine Loop. Not too hard, but some tricky switchbacks here and there. I always recommend people not take stock 4x4 vehicles on these mountain passes; rent a proper Jeep or ATV. But if you think you can do it, don't let me stop you. I just think it's a bad idea. Definitely no passenger cars....that's just plain dumb.

off road driving
Friday, July 12, 2013

Jeeped this one. The first part of Engineer Pass is fairly technical so it helps to know what you are doing. I highly recommend you not take stock 4x4 vehicles. Rent a proper Jeep or ATV. Once you get past the first part, it's actually a pretty easy trail, just some difficult switchbacks. The top of the mountain is epic.

scenic driving
Wednesday, March 27, 2013

Scenic high country trail, above the timberline. The road is fairly well maintained, for the amount of traffic that is on it.

off road driving
Tuesday, May 29, 2012

Beautiful trail scenery. Easy drive. Vehicle is a 2008 Polaris Ranger xp EFI le. Had lunch at american gulch. Cold as all getout at the top. Lots of wind and some snow flurries.

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