Explore the most popular Wildlife 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
muddy
snow
2 days ago

Did combo perimeter and lower cascade. Snow shoes a must.

snowshoeing
off trail
snow
16 days ago

We went snowshoeing Saturday 3/9 around noon. Passed about 6 people (some on their way to ice climb, snowshoers, a few people in microspikes) but were by ourselves the rest of the way. Snow was about 4 feet deep, powdery with some ice forming along the top, along the entire trail so snowshoes are a necessity. Explored off trail for a bit through beautiful forests and valleys with a few mountain goats!

Gorgeous as always, providing a great view of Ouray regardless of where you are on this trail. After visiting box canyon falls, continued on this up a little ways, and loved it so much I had to return.

hiking
1 month ago

I went awhile ago, but it's a beautiful trail no matter the season. The locals and tourists are great people, and it has an amazing view of the surrounding mountains.

hiking
snow
2 months ago

Absolutely gorgeous hike! It was really snowy when I went, but the trails weren't too terrible with snowshoes. I would highly, highly, highly recommend this hike! It was one of the most stunning hikes. I brought my pup and she had a blast!

hiking
2 months ago

Fun and beautiful hike in the snow! Highly recommend Katoolas during winter. There can be quite a bit of ice and slippery, packed snow. A pair of light weight poles may be a comfort for the narrow sections. I especially liked the waterfalls, the tunnel just past Box Canon, and constantly changing terrain. Fun!

off road driving
3 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.

Great hike with amazing views of the town below! Lots of trailheads, so it’s easy to get off whenever you need.

Beautiful trail but the beginning was not for people who are afraid of heights. I sadly have a fear of heights and found it very difficult. The part from the beautiful falls on was fantastic! I think it’s one of the prettiest hikes I’ve ever been on. We went in the summer.

off road driving
5 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.

hiking
5 months ago

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

hiking
6 months ago

This trail is an unassuming adventure, with challenging elevation gains that are well spread apart. In addition to amazing views of Ourey and the surrounding peaks, this trail features many variations of terrain. Definitely worthwhile, but try to plan hiking this on a cooler day.

hiking
6 months ago

What a trail! If you are slightly scared of heights avoid the very beginning of the trail and get on at the parking lot at the falls... it will definitely get your attention! Views were unbelievable- especially at the High Point- overlooking 550. Pack a sandwich and be ready to have a seat and just take in the view. Great trail- and don’t miss the waterfall in Box Canyon. And yes, the distances are off- it’s longer but worth it!

hiking
6 months ago

As stated by others the distance seems off, we went close to 7 miles. Many off and on spots, we did the full trail. The beginning right out of the parking lot is no joke! No warming up given. I would say the first part of the trail is hard to strenuous depending on skill. There are some narrow parts walking alongside the cliff, thus if scared of heights might want to think twice. The views of Ouray were amazing and the different terrain you experience was cool to experience. Not a lot of traffic at all.

off road driving
6 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.

Please do not take your Subaru up Nellie Creek Rd.

hiking
6 months ago

Great walk. If doing in the morning start at Visitor Center and go clockwise as will make most of the shade. Great views of the town throughout the walk. Took us a little over 3 hours with plenty of stops to admire the views. Last section across the canyon was brilliant. Don't be tempted to take short cut back to town after the canyon. Follow trail back up for dramatic gorge walk and overlook.

hiking
6 months ago

Great trail walking distance from wherever you are staying in Ouray. Surprisingly, it offers a diversity of sights - waterfalls, small slot canyon, Box Canon Falls, and vistas of the town and surrounding mountains - while offering a decent amount of exercise. Uniquely offers multiple points to jump on and off the trail about town. Very enjoyable.

trail running
6 months ago

Well...if you have read any of the posts then you are already aware that the distance and elevation gain they claim on their map is WAAAYYY off. Its about 6.5 to 7 miles with 1385 ft gain (garmin gps watch) if you start at the visitor center and head clockwise (cascade falls to baby bathtubs to highpoint) and end after Ice Park. We were starving by that point (even after eating breakfast then granola bars on the 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!

beautiful hike! weather was perfect. bridge crossing over Box Canon was exciting. hubby and I are in our 60s and did the 6.4 mile loop in 3 hours

had a great hike but be prepared to be tired. we did the whole thing and got every aspect of weather including hail...thankfully we were in a wooded section. there are definitely some spots that would be tricky if wet. also some narrow areas with steep drop offs. had a dog with us that was very smart and obedient otherwise would have been a little nerve racking and she also had to be carried as a few bridges and stairs had wide grates as a surface!

we had a great hike with great views, waterfalls, streams , and river crossings! i would agree with other comments to start at the falls and end at box canyon. after that is when is gets super narrow and steep.

Beautiful trail!! Perfect hike for getting fully immersed in the San Juans. Uncompahgre is a unique, funky, and photogenic mountain and is, for the most part, a Class 1 walk-up. Perfect for novice-to-intermediate 14er hikers. Near the top is a gnarly, steep Class 2 (borderline Class 3) crux. When you get to this part (you'll know it when you see it), I recommend taking the route to the left of the rock tower, not the one to the right. It's less steep. The good news is that it's short.

The Nellie Creek 4WD road to the trailhead is no joke. Large rocks, creek crossings, tight hairpin turns, and dips. High clearance is mandatory-- my Jeep Liberty has 8" of clearance and still scraped bottom more times than I would have liked. Good news is that the creek crossings are running low right now-- about 3" for the first crossing and about 4" for the second crossing.

Total length was close to 6.4 Miles not length stated on app. Trail was narrow in spots. I would not recommend this hike for small children. Beautiful scenery & waterfalls.

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!

hiking
7 months ago

I don’t know how they arrive at distances on this app, but every trail I’ve been on is at least 1.75-2.5 miles longer than indicated. We took the Ice Park and Pinecrest shortcuts on this trail & still logged 6.84 miles on Map My Walk.

The hike itself was pretty. There are sections that are steep, broken up by flat trails or descents. We started at the visitors center and got a map from them, which was very helpful, especially since we took two shortcuts. It wasn’t a difficult hike, but there is quite a bit of exposure and it got really hot. There are a few spots where you have to walk on or across roads.

I wouldn’t recommend this trail for kids under 8-9 years old, unless they listen well and have hiking experience. The inclines are steep and there is quite a bit of the trail that’s only wide enough for one person.

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