Explore the most popular rock climbing 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.

snowshoeing
10 days ago

Hard packed to split. Floatation was ideal after as postholing was unpredictable.

As another review stated, snowshoes weren’t necessary until the split. The trail is packed hard and wide. Lots of people and off-leash dogs (most under control and near their owners, some not. Off-leash is allowed here. ). Beautiful scenery on both ends of the split in the trail!

Did this hike on 12/28/18. Snow shoes not necessary for the first mile and a half. After that, they aren’t necessary but would be helpful. Snow is pretty deep after the split in the trail. We arrived around 9:15am and only saw a few people on the way out, everyone was on snow shoes or back country skiing/boarding. Got back to the parking lot around 11am and it was busy. Lots of off leash dogs running around. Absolutely amazing views, definitely recommend this hike!!

Very pretty. We did it the weekend after Thanksgiving and there was plenty of snow. It was very busy midday. It was not very strenuous and a great first snowshoe for my out-of-town family.

Absolutely beautiful. Steady-ish incline, but not too challenging for any beginner hikers or out of town guests. Take it at pace for a more challenging hike for anyone. Views are amazing the entire way, but especially at the end when you get to the split of the trail, to either head to the old mining cabins for spectacular views at the base of the mountain, or up the extra steeeeep leg for an additional .5 mile of upward switchbacks for another amazing view over the ridge.

Packed snow trail to the cabins and great views for the flatlanders.

Hard packed snow up to the mining camp. Could have walked with boots/spikes. But we snowshoed for fun and for the exercise. Plenty of snow for breaking a new trail in the cirque area. Beautiful, sunny day. Great place for awesome pictures!

Absolutely beautiful.

Hiked this today, 10.18.18. Spikes needed only to ghost town but if you want to hike to ridge line, you will need snowshoes. Snow is deep about .25 miles on the trail to the right beyond wood gate. I postholed to my knees and turned around. Beautiful though.

Wandering through the ghost town and up to the summit was wonderful.

Great trail challenging ride. Lots of people in the beginning but it Rhône’s out after rainbow lake. We rode it in the fall and the colors were awesome. We rode from Frisco to Breckenridge and my wife was to tired to ride the trail back so we opted for the bike path back.

3 months ago

I would highly recommend this trail, loved it. Amazing views from summit. It is a bit of a slog thru lodgepole pines initially and I started to wonder how it would be but after about 20 min. it opens up to lovely views. I would recommend taking trail on right to summit, past gate. It is a bit of a climb but wait till you see the views, what a reward. I had a hard time leaving the summit. So beautiful!

hiking
4 months ago

Great hike! I thought the main attraction would be the mining camp, but the views from the right hand trail summit were even more amazing. It’s a tiring but short climb to the summit from the mining camp. The fall colors are amazing right now and will only get better over the next week— definitely a great time of year to check it out.

Got this one after a failed attempt due to a snowstorm. Very challenging hike because of all the time on the ridge. It takes good luck on weather to have the time to complete the entire route.

We started at an unmarked trail head (as marked on this route) and parked just down from the church on the side of the road. We hiked in, camped at Royal and then did Royal, Victoria, peaks 1-10 and camped again by Lower Crystal Lake and then out the next day.

Be sure to have plenty of water, this hike is quite a challenge being exposed almost all of the way with no access to water.

Super hard.. lots of scrambling .. will definitely come back and do it again!

Easy walk to main mining camp - nice views.

Hiked from the trailhead to the Mayflower Gulch ghost town. 6 miles round trip. Easy Jeep trail to get up to the log cabins. Saw a marmot at the log cabins. It lightly snowed in the higher elevations but doesn’t look like it will last long.

backpacking
4 months ago

Wonderful hike, but keep a close eye on the trail.

Definitely worth it.

Amazing views the whole way! Once you get above tree line, the valley and mountains are incredible. I recommend going to the right once the “road” ends for the best views if you’re picking one direction. Great view from the top! Then you can explore the old cabins.
A few cars were able to make it all the way up almost 2 miles, don’t recommend it without high clearance 4WD.

Really enjoyed this hike! From the parking lot we ended up covering about 6 miles. The view from the top is worth the difficulty. If you have a 4wd you can drive up a good portion of the trail and take a few miles off the hike. Highly recommend this hike!!!

This trail is about 16 miles, not sure how the description has 21. It contains a perfect amount of vertical ascent to make one suffer on the descent. There is enough scrambling and route finding to be challenging and keep you on your toes. Great destination run for experienced runners and mountaineering types. This route has class 3 and 4 scrambles. You should be skilled at rout-finding and mountain running. Finished in about 5:30 but I felt like I was moving pretty good with no stops. Others have finished in 4:15 (the big kids) or 15 hours if your VO2 is average. This is a pretty big day. Prepare accordingly. Oh yeah this route had 7,900 vertical ascent. Hope that helps. There could be slight variations depending on if you stay on the ridge or take the trail. The ridge is cooler. Take the free bus home or call a friend.

SO DIFFICULT. Took 3.5 hrs to get to Peak 1, starting at 5 am. Pretty much....wasn't prepared for the rest of this. Knew I wanted to do it, and was going to anyway. I have very little rock climbing experience. Peak 1-2 was about an hour traverse through a barley marked foot trail that proved to be fairly dangerous. Between 2-3 wasn't bad, but Peaks 3-4 took us 2 hours to get across. I was pretty tempted to call Life Rescue on this one because I was NOT prepared for all the climbing and scaling that took place. Lots of up and downs, rock slides, and sketchy AF areas where the trail was super questionable.
Once you get to Peak 4, it's smooth sailing till Peak 8. We made it down between peak 7 and 8 before my knees and hips were like "no". Kinda upset we didn't finish, but came down between 7 & 8 and ran into the Adventure park in Breck LMAO
After 11.5 hours of hiking, I'm disappointed I didn't accomplish this, but I'm super freaking proud for making it so far.
I'll try again in maybe a year or so lol but the views were TOTALLY worth it.
Good luck and pack lots of water and protein bars!

5 months ago

The trail itself is relatively easy. The high altitude is its greatest challenge for most. Beautiful scenery in all directions!

The trail itself wasn’t super exciting, but it was a pretty casual stroll to a beautiful open space. I imagine this is a great snowshoe. I’ll be back in the Winter.

Mediocre hike but really neat camp and views

5 stars for beauty. Also 5 stars for being a monster slope, very formidable. If you start north, you’ll climb 4K feet in 5.3 miles, where you reach Peak 1. By the way, I recommend disregarding the start point on the AllTrails map (I couldn’t find an established trailhead with parking) and starting at a trailhead north of that point, where rainbow lake trail begins (near Pitkin street).

Super steep trail, and several downed trees- nothing a barrier tho. Had to deal with Forest fire smoke on the way up blowing in from southwest CO, but it all cleared within a couple hrs. I hiked to Peak 1, a 10.6 mile out and back. Took me 5 hours, and i consider myself fast. Again, this is a tuffy. Trail not too sketchy until you get to Peak 1, where there’s some scrambling involved. Fun challenges, no mistakes allowed.

Love for winter activities.

Basically an old mining road with majestic mountain views and cool Boston camp. Visited with marmots up higher.

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