dog friendly

wild flowers



nature trips



trail running

dogs on leash


mountain biking

kid friendly


cross country skiing



horseback riding




off road driving


rock climbing

no dogs

With 12 ski areas, 10 mountain peaks over 14,000 feet, 2,500 miles of trails, eight Wilderness areas, 1,900 miles of forest roads, and 2.3 million acres of nature, it is easy to see why White River National Forest is the most visited forest in the United States. Visitors to these Colorado public lands can see Dillon, Ruedi, Homestake, and Green Mountain reservoirs, check out the ski resorts, hit up the hiking trails up one of the 14ers (Castle Peak, Grays Peak, Torreys Peak, Capitol Peak, Maroon Peak, Snowmass Mountain, Pyramid Pea, Mount of the Holy Cross) many of which are in the famous Maroon Bells-Snowmass Wilderness, check out the White River, and look out for elk, mountain goats, bobcat, and lots of other wildlife in the Rocky Mountains. Hanging Lake is another enormously popular attraction in the forest. This forest makes a great trip from Central Colorado cities like Vail, Aspen, or Glenwood Springs.

Great views on way up. . Option of riding tram down!

Not my usual type of hike ( I usually do longer hikes with less traffic) but I did really enjoy this one. We took the trail there and the road back. The trail had a lot of snow, snowshoes would help. There were parts where the snow was about 2 ft deep. You do have a lot better views this way vs the road, road has trees on all sides. Lots of wind up by the cabins but other than that very beautiful. The cabins ruins are still in good condition.

Great winter hike with view of keystone resort that can be seen from the mine! We brought the dog and was an easy hike for all!

Only able to get within 1.2 miles of the trailhead due to snowmobile only activity on the road. Wasn’t planning on the extra distance, so we grabbed another trail off of Berthoud Pass.

Beautiful views all around. Will need some sort of traction and hiking shoes/boots.

Nice hike and the lake/waterfall was not frozen.

Most of the trail had tree cover, sunscreen optional.

Highly recommend micro spikes and hiking poles or something similar due to the ice/snow.

Arrived at the trail head around 0900 on Friday and parking lot was empty.

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We were here in August and it was one of the highlights of the trip. We made it to the falls and back with our 6 and 8 year old children. Gorgeous views!

beautiful hike & worth checking out the waterfall about 0.3 miles past hanging lake! (done in August 2017)

I gave it four stars because of the mud and ice. it was hard to come up and down the hike because I kept slipping (I had good hiking boots on too) I took my dog with me who is a Maltese Yorkey mix and by the end of the hike she was covered in mud. The hike is extremely beautiful and I would recommend it during the spring or fall or as long as there’s no rain or snow. If you do go on this hike I recommend taking a stick or some sort of pole to balance you on your way up and down the trail. I would recommend wearing good hiking boots if you decide to go during this time. Overall, I loved the scenery and would do it again!

7 days ago

I am writing a review now after almost 5 years... but I would go back there again!! We enjoyed it so much and we all should go there at least once. Such a nice feeling when you finally get to see the waterfall after a rough hike. You won't regret!!

Easy trail with a beautiful creek to guide you for miles. I’ve been in spring and winter and both times are beautiful.

Hard to find the trailhead, but worth it when you do. Park at the final parking area before the road turns into a ranch private road. Then when you see the fire ring, turn left and walk through the grass until you see a small trailhead. It is near the Rifle Water sign. You’ll cross a covered log over the creek and the trail is easy from there. One of my favorite hikes. It has great variation, isn’t too challenging, and it has AMAZING views. In the summer, the wildflowers are amazing. You feel like you’re on top of the world.

Extremely difficult trail, especially in the winter. The memorials are a powerful reminder of how challenging it can be out there. Worth a hike to better understand the hard work of our firefighters.

Love this trail. Never busy and great views. The trail is kind of hard to get to, but once you get through Rifle Mountain Park, just keep going until you see the sign for it.

Beautiful and simple paved trail. Great for a leisure day of biking.

Beautiful ending, but there are more trails near that are just as beautiful with less traffic and crawling over rocks

8 days ago

Wow. Worth the hike.

cross country skiing
11 days ago

Loved the trail, new snow falling made for a great quiet ascent. The mine on top was neat. Saw many cross country skiing and hiking in snow shoes.

I hike this 14er a lot because it is accessible year round to a 2WD vehicle, with the trailhead just off the road from Hoosier Pass. As others say, it gets very busy in the summer and fall.

I hiked up yesterday morning (Jan. 9) and was amazed by the lack of snow. But the trail, which follows the ridge, was almost 95 percent in snow, so I definitely recommend microspikes. A few areas of deep drifts where I was post-holing.

Great climb for the middle of winter. Just wish there was more snow.

Just heard that it is snowing in nearby Breckenridge! Fingers crossed!

12 days ago

All Trails needs to change the elevation gain on this hike as we ascended almost 1500 feet in a little over one and a half miles starting from the road ( about half of the trail one way). As of January 8, 2017, the trail has about a foot of snow on it with about half of it being packed down. Snowshoes would be helpful but are not really needed.

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