Cisneros Trail

MODERATE 22 reviews
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Cisneros Trail is a 4.3 mile out and back trail located near Rye, Colorado that offers scenic views and is rated as moderate. The trail is primarily used for hiking and mountain biking and is best used from June until October. Dogs are also able to use this trail but must be kept on leash.

DISTANCE
4.3 miles
ELEVATION GAIN
1118 feet
ROUTE TYPE
Out & Back

dogs on leash

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mountain biking

views

Directions from Lake Isabel Recreation Area: The trail begins at the Cisneros Trailhead, in Lake Isabel Recreation Area, across from Spruce and Ponderosa Group campgrounds.

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17 days ago

Great trail, easy to follow. Steep for 1st mile or so, but rewarding views all throughout.

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3 months ago

Awesome trail! There are a lot of Aspen trees and wildflowers. It was an intense upward climb at the beginning, so good to be prepared. We continued to Marion Mine and it was so worth it! Really cool to see the Mine and if you hike over some rocks on the left and follow the water you'll find a waterfall.

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3 months ago

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3 months ago

Really fun trail! Beautiful views, tons of Aspen groves and wildflowers. We hiked this trail just for the Marion Mine, and it was absolutely worth it. Really neat to see the structures still standing, and the waterfall above the mine. Trail is well marked, decent elevation gain and well maintained. You do have to enter the Lake Isabel area and they charge a $6 day usage fee so come equipped with cash for parking

4 months ago

Lush forest, beautiful expansive views and wild strawberries, along with numerous flowers, moss and trees. Easy to hike and the mine visit was well worth the extra short distance...plan to do this again soon! Restroom facilities at trailhead.

4 months ago

Followed this trail up to Marion Mine. The trail is almost 100% uphill for the first 1.5 miles and all uphill to Marion Mine. Cool hike but be prepared that if you take a little one you will be carrying the entire way.

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5 months ago

Rather steep and rocky, loose from ATV traffic. I went about 3 miles to the top before the trail headed down the other side. Limited views.

hiking
5 months ago

Steady incline up an access road. Challenging mostly because of the altitude but not a difficult trail. Scenic through aspen groves and woods. We went on a weekend day in late June and there were hardly any other people. I highly recommend going to the Marion Mine - after you pass through an aspen grove there will be a sign to turn left and continue on the Cisneros trail. If you instead go straight, you can go to an old gold and silver mine. On the left on the way there you'll pass a cabin that was the old general store in the late 1800s - so cool! We met the owner who bought and restored the cabin and also owns the mine but generously let's people go visit.

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6 months ago

6 months ago

Friday, October 28, 2016

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Thursday, October 06, 2016

Beautiful, well groomed trail. Easy to access. Took the detour to Marions Mine...highly recommend.

hiking
Wednesday, July 20, 2016

A beautiful afternoon hike for mid July! Beautiful wildflowers all along the way. The old goldmine and the nearby waterfall are definitely worth a side trip. The trail, while having some good climbs, is easy to follow and well maintained.

Saturday, May 28, 2016

Gorgeous views, easy to follow trail.!!

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Tuesday, June 17, 2014

Due to limited time and information about this trail, we only went in about 3 miles before turning around. The last mile or so that we walked seemed never-endingly steep and offered no views what so ever, that's why we decided to turn around and call it quits. If we thought if there was something to see just a little further up then we might have decided to continue, but again we didn't have all day. Probably not a fair review of a trail that is 16+ miles long but all I can do is rate it based on my own personal experience. We were also passed by a dirt bike which was unexpected and disappointing. My last complaint - Our dog (which was on a leash) was attacked by another hiker's much bigger dog which was not! Not the trail's fault, just a public announcement. Please, people! Keep your dog on a leash!!!

The first mile or so however was very nice. Uphill, yes but not steep and also offered a beautiful view of the valley. We also took the short side-trail (about .5 mile or so) to the silver mine which we're glad we did. All in all no regrets but not our favorite trail by any means!

FYI - The trail head is not across the highway from Lake Isabel as this site's map indicates. It's inside the Lake Isabel park and you have to pay $6 to get in the park to access the trail.