Explore the most popular dogs on leash trails in White River National Forest with hand-curated trail maps and driving directions as well as detailed reviews and photos from hikers, campers and nature lovers like you.

Hiking along the majestic Colorado River with my wife is a dream come true for us. We went from Grizzly Creek Rest area to Hanging Lake Rest area and back; a little over 7 miles. Relatively Easy hike.
Beautiful day to hike.
Good amount of water rushing through.
A few kayakers on the river. A few bicyclists.
Not many people in the trail.
W took a lot of great pictures.
We would recommend this trail for any out-of-state visitors to get an idea of how how beautiful Colorado is.

Snow is pretty deep above 9500'. I posted a few times falling one of those times into more than 3' of snow, finding it difficult to get out!
Lower elevations have no snow, but the trail is slushy.
It was snowing during our entire 3-hour hike; started late, at 3 pm.
Snow shoes and hiking poles are advisable.
Pretty good hike. Deep snow makes it harder.
Got lost a couple of times.
Saw only 2 other hikers on the trail.
God willing, I plan to do it after the snow has melted, during summer/fall season.

Solid 4-6 inches of snow on the trail was fine to trudge through and made the forest and babbling cascading streaks so beautiful covered in snow.

Took the hunter creek trail up and looped around to smuggler on the way down. Views of the mountains with ski runs and downtown aspen below were so beatific on sunny day. Snow made it a little muddy but snow views were worth it! Uh-ohh somersault jump!

hiking
17 days ago

I'm a novice, so this is for those of you who are planning on trying Quandary because it's considered easy: This hike is still a grind, particularly in the snow.

We ascended on April 1, beginning a little late (around 8:30 am). The trail was mostly packed and easy to follow, particularly below the tree line. It was close to 50 degrees at the trailhead but dropped to around 14 degrees at the summit (not accounting for 50 mile-per-hour wind gusts).

Between 13,000 and 14,000 feet, as someone with very little high-altitude experience, there were times where it felt like I needed to stop and catch my breath every minute. Those already acclimated to high altitudes will have an easier go but if you're a first timer, prepare for the fatigue (and don't be afraid to turn around if you begin to feel strong symptoms of altitude sickness). Also, prepare for the wind gusts. There were times where I had to plant my feet and just withstand the weather for a moment until it passed.

If hiking in the snow, I'd recommend the use of spikes, poles, and snow shoes. On our way back down, back within the treeline, we spied what appeared to be a well-traveled cut-across leading downward. This was a mistake on our part, as it led to 20-30 minutes of postholing up to our waists when our bodies were already weak and exhausted. So... stay on the trail.

If you're an advanced and/or experienced hiker at altitude, I'm relatively certain you'll knock this one out of the park. I was passed by numerous skiers who were skinning up Quandary and skiing down (I was quite envious of their speedy descent).

It took me over six hours to complete this hike. As a small addendum, make sure your slather any exposed skin in sunscreen, even your lips. With the snow's reflection, the sun is not going to be kind to your face up there.

Went on an emotional hike up Storm King mountain. It was beautiful, but eery at the same time. In 1994, there was a fire that claimed the lives of 14 brave firefighters. It’s a steep hike with 14 crosses surrounded by momentos from where the firefighters had passed. I was glad to reflect and do this hike in solitude. No snow currently or mud :)

snowshoeing
23 days ago

We thoroughly enjoyed our snowshoe hike along the mining road, but we only went as far as tree line due to weather coming in. We were the only ones on snowshoes, all other tracks were from skis and boards, winding off the trail through the woods. Beautiful views. Protected from the wind while below tree line. Parking was a bit difficult as the trail head is off a residential street. Moderate difficulty is accurate. Slow steady uphill climb.

Absolutely beautiful hike.
Gets more difficult the higher you go.
We went this weekend and had two trees crossed over the path to climb over. Stunning views and creek.

Beautiful hike this past weekend! Incredibly snowy, a few feet on and right next to the trail. Everyone else was skiing so I stayed in their ski tracks on the way up. Trail was packed due to the early time of day (and ski tracks), but as I got higher and the sun got more intense I started postholing a lot. I made it above treeline with only spikes. I would say trekking poles and snow shoes are a must. Wish I had made it to the summit but I'll be back to bag it this summer! This is definitely very strenuous so be ready to work up a sweat.

Happy hiking!

off road driving
29 days ago

We went to hike this, but the road was still closed for the winter about 6 miles from the trailhead. We ended up taking a snowmobile tour out of Lazy T Ranch up to Maroon Bells Lake which was fabulous.

hiking
1 month ago

Went last Saturday. The weather was perfect! No wind at the summit. Many other people were on the trail that day so by mid afternoon, a lot of the snow was sloshy. It was breath taking seeing the 360 view of snowy mountains

Great view and easy going trail! We did it during winter and was incredible

snowshoeing
1 month ago

Nice easy trail for beginners/out of towners. There’s a parking lot at the trailhead that can fit 10-12 cars. We went at 1 PM on Saturday 3/17 and there were 3 cars in the lot. Ran into a few others (mostly cross country skiers) but the trail was by no means crowded. The trail has a good mix of trees with shade and open areas with great views of the surrounding terrain. The snow was well packed and we had snow shoes but you could definitely get by with spikes on hiking boots. I’d definitely recommend for a good easy winter hike.

hiking
1 month ago

Really scenic trail. I didn’t use spikes or snowshoes though spikes would have been helpful. The trail is pretty packed down and easy to follow, but if you get off the trail you’ll know right away when you end up in waist deep snow.

Terrible. You have to hike up a road to even get to the entrance.

hiking
1 month ago

Summited on 3-9 and the trail was good with micro spikes. There was an area at the timberline where people go off trail and post hole up. If they just kept going straight instead of turning up hill, the trail continues packed

hiking
1 month ago

Beautiful quick hike! We did it in March and probably should have worn yaktrax. I definitely will do it again!

Great snowshoe in January 2018!!

hiking
1 month ago

Summited on 1/24/2018.
Could have used snow shoes at the base, but I was able to push through with just Microspikes. I only saw two other people and was the only one at the top when I summited. Awesome views and defiantly worth the effort.

hiking
1 month ago

I have done this one a few times this winter. It is a great hike if you don't want to see any one. Bring your Microspikes or snowshoes, especially the snow shoes if it has just snowed, not manny people hike this trail and it can get deep in areas.

hiking
2 months ago

Feb 19 2018 hike. Started at 4am. Super windy. Had a ton of struggles with the crampons that I was using. Saw a Snow White ptarmigan! It was awesome!

Made it to false summit around 7am. Was freezing cold and getting blown down. The wind was fierce. Decided to head back. Made it back around 8:45am.

The snow was pretty crunchy.

hiking
2 months ago

Absolutely beautiful. Didn't make it anywhere near the falls though as we ended up waist-deep in snow! Still a great workout though!

snowshoeing
2 months ago

Very nice, quiet trail through the trees. Isolated from the busy area of Breckenridge. We caught it on a fresh powder day which was perfect for snowshoeing. The markings to stay on trail were a little hard to follow so we broke trail for our own adventure.

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.

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!

hiking
3 months ago

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

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.

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

hiking
3 months ago

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!

hiking
3 months ago

My family loves to visit this lake. Last year, I did the Booth Falls hike for the first time and it's probably my favorite place on earth. It's absolutely gorgeous. Unfortunately the activity area at the head of the trail is not super picnic friendly anymore, but as long as you're on the trail or at your car you'll be fine.

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