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.

off road driving
2 months ago

Beautiful drive. Good road.

off road driving
2 months ago

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CX2CWvvLKk0

Poughkeepsie Gulch is one of our favorite mountain trails in Colorado. Pasted above is a link to our youtube video of the trail. If you have not done it you have to give it a try. The wall, the most difficult obstacle, does has a bypass and it also has winch points.

Did this hike on 12/8/2018 on a sunny day with packed snow on the ground. The hike is actually only .2 miles from the trailhead to the waterfall. Description on AllTrails is currently very inaccurate. There are a bunch of other loop trails to do that branch off from the trailhead of this hike, but the .2 mile trail to the Cornet Creek waterfall dead ends at the waterfall.

Would rate this waterfall in the winter as 10 stars if I could!!! When we visited, the waterfall was frozen and formed into an icicle-like volcano with the water still pouring into the top of the “volcano”. Very awesome and unique sight!

On the other hand, the short hike to get to the waterfall was pretty challenging with the snow on the ground! Used ice cleats for traction, but trail is very narrow (barely the width of one human foot) in some stretches and follows along a steep ledge most of the way. I was very scared during the first attempt to make it past the narrow, steep sections and gave up, but then found a branch to use for support and felt more comfortable. My husband is like a mountain goat and made it just fine without ice cleats or a trekking pole.

Cool views but the trail needs better maintenance and signage. When faced with a fork in the road take the left and don’t climb any unnecessary climbs

off road driving
4 months ago

Great for 1st time off-roaders with no real intimidating sections and amazing views. Aspens are beautiful in fall and there is an expansive overlook about 9 miles from the highway entrance off 550 near Ridgeway.

Another mile past the overlook you can find Alder Creek Trailhead that leads to a wonderful hike through the woods and meadows. The trail is not easily identifiable in some spots and connects with several abandoned logging roads so be sure to bring adequate supplies and a trail map/compass.

Go slow & enjoy the views on an easy winding road through the mountains. Road is possible w/o 4WD, but for the off road portion I would not recommend it unless you want some body damage...a couple minor water crossings and bumpy secrions with lots of rocks would make the trip unpleasant in a 2WD in my opinion. if it has rained 4WD would be best for steep muddy spots.

off road driving
5 months ago

Best trail I have done in a while. I fell in love with this trail pretty quickly. We took it from the Ouray side coming up. Rainy and muddy that day. The wall area is so much fun. Took two of the three lines on the bottom with no winching. I did scrape some undercarriage on them...oh well. Always use protection people

off road driving
5 months ago

Fun trail I guess. It would be better going up I think. There are a few tippy spots coming down, so don’t go too quick.

2015 JKUR lifted and with the right stuff

off road driving
5 months ago

Great drive. Was not expecting all the rocks coming down from Animas Fork. Definitely chastity scrapping in some areas. Other than that my Jeep Wrangler did great! We had a blast and spent all day on the Alpine Trail.

Hiked/climbed to the summit of Wetterhorn. Solid class 1 & 2 til last !20 ft to the peak which is exposed class 3. Great experience with typical amazing 14er views from the top.

The best easy/moderate trail for factory 4x4 vehicles!

Good, short hike. Amazing views (although they're everywhere in Telluride). Waterfall was frozen which was incredible but the icy trails (March) made it more difficult than it should have been

A great short hike if you’re looking to fit one in quick. Like other reviewers said, this is steep In Spots with a few sketchy ledges to negotiate. Don’t let the short distance fool you into thinking this is a walk in park. If you’re looking for a short hike due to a lack of fitness you best skip this one or you may end up in over your head. That being said, I’d do it again

hiking
7 months ago

This is a constant climb to the lake. Beautiful views of Lake City, aspen groves, and the Mountain View’s are beautiful. But the climb is up 99% of the time...so beware!!! If you’re not in the mood for a 4 mile ascent, this is probably not the trail for you.

Did an overnight hike with my friend and I to camp in the basin, and return to the trailhead the following morning. This trail was VERY difficult to backpack do to the strenuous ascent to West Fork Pass, but the beauty of the Basin is well worth the effort. We spent a good amount of time seeking cover in the tent due to scattered showers and thunderstorms. July is definitely the best time to see wildflowers, butterflies and lots of different types of bees. We spotted a coyote, lots of deer and marmots. The lightning can be very formidable when camping in the basin so make sure to watch the weather before doing this hike!

It was a great finish but a little treacherous in spots with kids (7 & 9). Loose rocks and gravel made the moderate hike a little more difficult. If you have a fear of heights be warned as there are narrow edges and some steep drops.

Steep walk but worth it! Just when you think you can’t find it it pops up!!

Did an overnight trip here. Very beautiful and a few places to camp away from the trail just below treeline. The views from the overlook are just incredible!

off road driving
9 months ago

Nice drive. Used 4 low just to control speed on down hill but not necessary. Dry right now so little of the mud mentioned in previous years. Millions of aspen so expect it is amazing in September.

Very scenic with lots of wildflowers. Easy trail 90% of the way even in 1 ton SRW 2WD. One spot a few miles from the Telluride overlook was a little steep and rocky requiring staying on the brakes for a slow crawl down ~ 1 mile stretch. Really rough on a new brake job. At the cattleguard, beware the attack ptarmigan. Stopped to check it out standing in the road and it was all over me. Even wanted to get in the truck. It let me pick it up for some pics. Would be great in 4WD with low range or ATV/UTV for that 1 small spot.

This is a quick, short, uphill hike. Some narrow spots along the way and loose soil slowed our descent. The waterfall is such a neat area, we spent longer there than on the hike.

hiking
9 months ago

Very quick, but steep, hike to the falls. It is less than a mile round-trip from the trail head. Stay to the right at the bridge going across the stream at the beginning. There is some loose gravel at a few spots but not anything that difficult. The falls were flowing today (late May) but still had a frozen chunk at the bottom.
We just parked at the end of the (paved) road, right before the sign that said no parking ahead.

hiking
Saturday, December 09, 2017

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.

Monday, November 27, 2017

Awesome payoff at end

off road driving
Monday, October 09, 2017

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

off road driving
Saturday, September 30, 2017

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

hiking
Wednesday, September 06, 2017

Took 3.5 hrs up- lightly used trail - very beautiful

Sunday, August 20, 2017

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
Wednesday, August 09, 2017

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
Thursday, August 03, 2017

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

Friday, July 21, 2017

very nice and not to hard

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